Music to feature at festival

IN TUNE: Camperdown community choir Tuniversal will play at the Robbie Burns Festival this weekend in their home town.
IN TUNE: Camperdown community choir Tuniversal will play at the Robbie Burns Festival this weekend in their home town.

SOUTH-WEST trio Likely Celts will provide some home-ground talent to the Robert Burns Scottish Festival in Camperdown this weekend. 

Likely Celts are part of a strong line-up assembled for the annual festival that begins on Friday night and finishes on Sunday.

Joining Likely Celts on the bill will be fellow south-west acts Don Grieve and Angela Preiss and the Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums band.

Camperdown community choir Tuniversal will also be in action.

Festival chair Ruth Gstrein said Tuniversal is a fine example of the importance of the festival to Camperdown.

“Tuniversal is a great supporter of the festival,” Ms Gstrein said.

“They are a group of locals who, under the guidance of Peter Daffy, come together to share their love of music.

“The festival is a showcase for local talent as well performers we bring in from out of town.”

New names at this year’s festival includes Satch Campbell, John McAuslan, Siobhan Owen, Platform 9¾ and Duck Duck Goose.

They join festival favourites Fiona Ross, Tolka, The Drowsy Maggies, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt. 

Siobhan Owen is a harpist and classically-trained singer who has four albums in her back catalogue. 

The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club will return to the festival and will be in action at the Theatre Royal on Sunday afternoon.

A feature performer at the festival will be Scottish-born soprano Vivien Hamilton.

Hamilton has played percussion with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.

She is director of the Early Voices Ensemble at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and regularly conducts masterclasses throughout Australia. 

Another special presentation will be a tribute to Danny Spooner at the Camperdown Court House on Saturday from 5pm. This will feature a performance from the Southern Ocean Sea Band.

Spooner, who died in March, was an influential folk musician.