Celtic learning comes to town

LEADING THE WAY: The Warrnambool Pipe Band will host the annual South West Coast Piper Drummer Workshop. The event will begin on Friday.
LEADING THE WAY: The Warrnambool Pipe Band will host the annual South West Coast Piper Drummer Workshop. The event will begin on Friday.

THE sounds of pipes, drums and dancing feet will be heard in Warrnambool this weekend.

The annual South West Coast Piper Drummer Workshop will begin on Friday afternoon and go through until Sunday.

The event is being ran by the Warrnambool Pipe Band and includes workshops and classes in pipes, drums and highland dancing.

Warrnambool Pipe Band member Peter Moir said the event continues to build.

“This is the 16th or 17th time it has been held and it is going really well,” Moir said.

“We have over 100 young and not so young people coming to Warrnambool to be tutored. They are coming from across Victoria as well as from South Australia, New South Wales and the ACT.

“There are varying levels of people taking part, some are pretty advanced and others are just starting out.

“It’s great to be able to offer something here in Warrnambool for those in the early learning stages of Celtic music, it’s pretty exciting.”

The longevity and past success of the event has meant organisers have been able to attract high quality tutors for the weekend.

Headlining the tutors list is Terry Tully, who has been brought out from Dublin by a partnership between the Warrnambool Pipe Band and the Victorian Pipers Association in Melbourne.

Tully spent many years at the head of the world champion St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band.   

“It is terrific to get someone of Terry’s standing to come here to Warrnamnbool and be part of our event,” Moir said.

“No doubt we will all learn plenty from him over the course of the weekend.”

The first classes for the weekend will begin at lunchtime today at the Emmanuel College senior campus.

These classes will continue over the weekend.

There will be a performance aspect to the weekend with a tutors concert to be held at Kings College on Friday night from 7.30pm.

Participants and tutors will meet for a mass gathering on the Civic Green at 4.30pm on Saturday, where they will play some tunes before going to a night time function at the RSL.