Highlander wins Australian Celtic Music Awards
Last weekend Highlander won two major awards at the Australian Celtic Music Awards including Australian Celtic Song – Traditional Vocal for The Dark Island and Australian Celtic Instrumental for Hector the Hero. Both tracks are featured on the bands latest album – The Dark Island.
May 2013 – Triquetra Ambassador Award
Last weekend Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia was awarded the Triquetra Ambassador Award for being ambassadors to the Australian Celtic Festival. Justin accepted the award form Chairperson Wendy Watts on behalf of Highlander. Thank you to all involved we will wear it with pride.
June 2012 –National Celtic Festival Portarlington rocks
Once again Highlander rocked the National Celtic Festival at Portarlington Victoria. The band played 3 nights and brought to the stage 5 Highland pipers for an an enormous Scottish Highland pipe sound featured in songs like Caledonia, The Dark Island and Long way to the Top. The band particular wants to thank the festival committee and support staff and all the fans that came and gave their support, well done. A special thanks once again to Suzie for hosting the boys. The band would also like to thank all the bands and musicians for another great weekend , especially to the guys from Between the Wars for their on stage collaboration on Sunday night. Check it out on YouTube. More pics in the gallery !
May 2011 –Rocking Celts – Hit the right note with music fans
I had an absolute ball at the Australian Celtic Festival last weekend. I heard a fabulous band called Highlander, led by Justin Body, who plays bagpipes and tin whistle (although not at the same time) and he has a fine voice. They’re from Newcastle, and you can find them online at highlandercelticrockbandaustralia.com. With their great musicianship,high energy and fun outlook, they had everyone smiling, laughing and rocking along in no time. They’ve actually been to Tamworth but as far as I can tell have only done some busking. They’d be a great addition to the roster of any venue with a large stage and big dance floor. Do yourself a favour and get along to the Australian Celtic Festival next year. It’s a hoot,but don’t forget your winter woollies – it’s at least two jumpers colder up in the highlands than it is in Tamworth.
Anna Rose – Northern Daily Leader
Album of the week – Celtic Music Radio.net Glasgow
North of the Wall was the featured album of the week during the last week in January on Celtic Music Radio.net in Glasgow. The week featured a 1 hour interview with guitarist Dave which went to air 3 times as well as the album receiving great air play and support from DJ’s particularly Ross Macfadyen. Check out the interview Here
May 2010 –Australia Celtic Festival
My apologises for not getting to touch base with you at the end of the festival, but I’m sure you had a lot of packing and organising to get home. Thank you for your band and performances, I was actually at the imperial on Saturday night for a good 45 mins, really didn’t want to leave, you guys were so great!!!!! Thank you for your cooperation, with entertainment groups with a contact like yourself, really makes my life a lot easier.
Once again thank you.
Linda Bruce – Administration Australian Celtic Festival
A real coup for Brigadoon and a huge hit with the spectators on the day was the introduction of Highlander Celtic Rock Band from Newcastle,
A real coup for Brigadoon and a huge hit with the spectators on the day was the introduction of Highlander Celtic Rock Band from Newcastle, they were exceptional, this was Celtic music at its very best, but with an entirely different sound, the sound of ROCK.The group consisted of the usual bagpipes but this was accompanied by electric and acoustic Guitars, electric Fiddle and drums, the end result was marvelous and had the crowds rocking on the oval.
This is a show not to be missed; they received a tremendous response from the very appreciative audience, their rendition of Flower of Scotland had the crowd in full voice, and the finale Auld Lang Syne was just an ideal way to end a day of truly highland entertainment.
The band have just released the maiden CD and it was snatched up like hotcakes.
Needless to say they will certainly be a part of Brigadoon for some time to come.
Posted by (ACER) Australian Council for Educational Research from Victoria
on 23/04/2010 at 08:51 AM
HIGHLANDER Celtic Rock Band Announce Two More Performances
It is with great pleasure that the Brigadoon committee, announce that this outstanding Celtic rock band – HIGHLANDER is not only appearing Brigadoon on Saturday 17 April.
They will also perform at the Sutton Forest Inn, Sutton Forest on Friday 16 April as a pre-Brigadoon Ceilidh (Scottish Party). They will also appear at the Scottish Arms, East Bowral on Saturday 17 as a post Brigadoon celebration of all things Scottish, be prepared to have your blood stirred and spine tingled as the mist rolls back to the skirl of bagpipes.
Why not contact the Sutton Forest Inn – ph 4868 1697 & The Scottish Arms – ph 4861 4333 and book your table and organise a real highland night out and get the toes tapping to the unique sound which has been wowing audiences of all ages with their electrifying high-energy music, this is the wonderful sound of Highlander.
On Saturday morning 17 April, Sutton Forest is also offering patrons of Brigadoon FREE parking at Sutton Forest Inn with a shuttle bus service to and from Brigadoon starting at 7am. Why not be delivered to the front door of the gathering so get your entry badges in advance:
BOOK ON-LINE TO SAVE TIME ENDS
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Australia’s Unique Celtic Rock Band HIGHLANDER to Perform at Annual Scottish Highland Gathering BRIGADOON
Australia’s premier Scottish Gathering – Brigadoon – will again weave its magic on Sat 17 April, at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
Be prepared to have your blood stirred and spine tingled as the mist rolls back to the skirl of bagpipes and the village becomes Brigadoon for the day.
This year, Highlander, one of the finest Scottish Celtic Rock Bands in the world, is bringing its unique sound to the gathering. Hailing from Newcastle (NSW) this five piece group has a unique sound which has been wowing audiences of all ages with their electrifying high-energy music. The powerful sound of the bagpipes is matched with the dynamic sound of the fiddle, and electric and acoustic guitars, compliment the powerhouse bass grooves, pulsating percussion, and vocal harmonies.
Highlander, while keeping traditional music in its repertoire, has also added its own flavour to the reels, jigs, and songs of Scotland. However, they are most outstanding when they perform their original compositions which are rich in melody and message.
Highlander has appeared at events such as Scotland in Concert (Jakarta Indonesia), Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Australian Celtic Festival, Kilmore Celtic Festival, Toukley Gathering of the Clans, Nelson Bay Clans on the Coast, and many clubs, hotels, private and corporate functions. They always provide a show that is dynamic and entertaining. It is impossible not to be caught up in the energyHighlander brings to every show. They are an act guaranteed to have audiences dancing in the oval aisles!!
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Once again! Many thanks to you and your team for putting on such a show in Jakarta
I think the audience particularly appreciated your efforts to work with the other performers, in particular the Malaysian Sikh Pipe band and the internationally acclaimed Celtic harp player Katie Targett Adams. The appreciation of the audience was a great relief for Susan and me, realizing that the efforts are worth while, however it was Highlander who put on the show, and we are very grateful for what the band did. If we are able to put together another event we will be back in touch with you. See you next time!”
Alex Smillie – Jakarta Scotland in Concert