Goldfields Piping Weekend 2018

By popular demand, in 2018 at the seventh Goldfields Piping Weekend, we bring a great big focus to playing pipes with other instruments. This year, we'll be joined by a wonderfully supportive, talented and fun line-up of three guest multi-instrumentalists who love nothing more than to play or accompany tunes with others. Playing guitar, piano & fiddle we'll have Jenny Newcombe, playing fiddle & bouzouki we'll have Angus Barbary and playing harp, whistles & flutes we'll have Andy Rigby. The weekend will also include the usual highlights such as lots of social time and the Saturday evening Soiree. The program for the weekend will be specially designed for everyone who comes; whether you commonly play music with others, or if this will be one of your first real opportunities to give ensemble playing a go. Early booking is appreciated to help with the planning.

Guest Tutors

Jenny Newcombe lives in Brunswick and enjoys playing in Irish/country band The Apparitions. A regular in sessions at Melbourne’s Celtic Club and The Last Jar Irish pub, Jenny has been playing fiddle and piano since childhood, taking up guitar just three years ago. She completed a Bachelor of Music in the 1970s and has since had a varied working life in music teaching, politics, social policy and advocacy before recently deciding to train as a music therapist. Just a couple of months away from completing her Masters in Music Therapy at the University of Melbourne, Jenny brings to her playing an understanding of the power of music to connect people, to provide personal solace and to generally enhance mental health and well-being. Her main motivation in playing music is social, to be with other people, to make new friends, to share tunes and songs and to experience the special joy of folk music. She especially loves the informal process of working with fellow band members to arrange and curate tunes and songs in the Irish and Scottish repertoire.

Moving between Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, Angus Barbary has developed his fiddle style by playing and teaching amongst his contemporaries. An avid traveller, he has performed at folk festivals around Australia, taught workshops and played in sessions both interstate and internationally. In 2014, Angus started an ‘open door’ session at the Gaelic Club in Sydney, which encouraged many dormant members of the local trad scene to come out of the woodwork. Now based in Melbourne with recently formed trad band ‘Austral’, he teaches fiddle and enjoys playing in sessions around town and likes to catch up with with musicians from around the country for a tune.

Andy Rigby has carved out a unique niche for himself in the world of music, as one of Australia’s leading designers, makers, players and teachers of the harp. His performance interests include most folk traditions involving the harp, while his harp-making orders cover modern folk harps as well as medieval Gaelic brass-strung harps, Spanish Baroque chromatic harps, Welsh triple harps, and West African koras. Andy has been a full-time musician and instrument maker since 1990.


Friday 17 August

Participants arrive between 4 pm and 8 pm. There is no meal supplied on the Friday night, but we will arrange for a group meal at a local eatery or to dine in. This will be at your expense. Participants are also welcome to use the kitchen to prepare or heat food. Take-away and dining out meals are available locally.

Friday evening will be an opportunity for pipes maintenance (to make sure they’re in working order for the weekend!) and a night of social piping.

Saturday 18 August

There will be a full day of workshops between 9 am and 4 pm.

In the afternoon/early evening the Celtic Piping Club will host a soiree at a local venue, open to the public. This soiree is a casual pre-dinner affair with drinks, nibbles and piping - what more could you want! Details of the soiree for this year are yet to be confirmed, but we'll let you know the details when available.

The day will conclude with dinner at a local establishment (again, at your own expense), followed by social piping back at our accommodation.

Note to Pipers: A new book of common piping session tunes will be launched at Goldfields Piping Weekend 2018. In the meantime, head to our Tunes pages under 'Resources and Links' for some other common tunes to share at sessions.

Sunday 19 August

Starting a little later to recover from a big night of playing music, the day will commence at 10 am and conclude with lunch and check-out by 1.30 pm. The AGM will follow.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Celtic Piping Club Inc. (the Club) will be held at Campbell St Lodge, 31-33 Campbell Street in Castlemaine (Vic) at 2pm on Sunday 19 August 2017 at the conclusion of the Goldfields Piping Weekend.

In accordance with the Rules of the Club, the purpose of the meeting is to consider the following business.

  1. Confirm previous minutes 
  2. Receipt of Reports
  3. Election of the Committee
  4. Review Annual Fees
  5. Other Business
Click here to download an official notice, including committee member nomination form. Only financial members are eligible to vote, so please make sure you join or renew your membership.

Venue / Accommodation

The Goldfields Piping Weekend will be held at Campbell St Lodge, 31-33 Campbell Street, Castlemaine.

Campbell St Lodge offers accommodation for up to 30 or so people in a combination of rooms and shared areas. There is the main double-storey 'Guest Suites' as well as an apartment. As we have a group booking, you can only book your accommodation through the form below, not directly with Campbell St Lodge. Beds/rooms will be allocated upon type of booking. See the booking form below for options. For pictures of the venue, head to

There is plenty of other accommodation available in Castlemaine, ranging from basic camping to deluxe. Check out for some accommodation options.

Pricing Details

Accommodation Options - for 2 nights
Option 1. Double / Private Bedroom (w/ en suite) @ $260 per room
Option 2. Twin share bedroom (w/ en suite) - double or single bed @ $130 per person
Option 3. Twin share bedroom (w/ en suite) - single beds only @ $130 per person
Option 4. Twin share bedroom (shared bathroom) - Queen bed @ $120 per person

NOTE: All accommodation listed is for two nights (Friday & Saturday nights). If you can only stay for one night, please email usLinen and towels are provided.

Weekend Tickets
Option 1. Full weekend participation @ $120 pp - includes workshops, soiree and daytime meals*
Option 2. Full weekend *CPC MEMBER PRICE* @ $100 pp - includes workshops, soiree and daytime meals*
Option 3. Partner / non-participation @ $30 pp - includes soiree and daytime meals*

NOTE: Meals provided are breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as tea, coffee and refreshments during the day. Dinners on both days are at your own cost. BYO drinks and other food/snacks if you wish.