Wednesday, March 25, 2009

News from Craig Dawson

Craig and I have been exchanging a few emails recently and Craig asked me to post an update from him as to what he's up to. Craig should be back in about a month's time.

Peter W

From Craig,

"While over here here, I managed to drop in on the local pipe band with my pipes (edited by blog administrator to remove reference to location). I took my camera along too, but I actually forgot about it until after I had left. They play a couple of really nice sets and there are a few tunes that we play in common albeit with a couple of different settings. Liberton Polka was a bit of an eye opener. The Pipe Major has offered to send me their repertoire via email so I'll bring it in to band when I get home and print it up.

Things here have been incredibly busy as you would expect. I have been involved in quite a few ramp ceremonies both for the Canadians and memorials for the recent Australian losses. I have another one tomorrow. The weather, again as expected, has been fantastic. I love the hot weather; except for when I have to play pipes in it! My chanter pitches anywhere from 474 to 480hz depending on the humidity and temperature. Luckily though I have taught one of my colleagues how to use a tuner, so the whole process is sped up considerably. My time here is flying in. It certainly does not feel like I have already been away for two and a half months! Only about a month to go however and I'm sure things will soon feel like they are slowing down as happens when you get closer to going home.

Please pass on my regards to the Tatties and everyone at band as well as to the family.
Take care,

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Big, Bold and Brassy

As you know we will be playing at the Big, Bold and Brassy event which is part of the Barossa Vintage Festival. The details are:

Venue: Tanunda Show Hall
Date/Time: 14th April, 2009 . Be there for 6:40PM
Play at: 7:40 and 10:40

The band will have it's own table.
I believe food and drink will be available however BYO food and drink is OK.

Should be a good night.

- Peter W

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Blog - New Administrator and New Rule

Hi all,

As of last Thursday night I took over administration of the Blog. At the same time we decided as a band that we would implement a new rule requiring all members who post or add comments to this Blog to take ownership of what they have written by signing their name. From now on, any anonymous posts will be deleted.

For those that have forgotten, or are new to the band, all friends and band members are welcome to post on this Blog. If you don't know the user name and password ask one of the other band members or send me an email at

Finally, I encourage you all to contribute any photos you may have taken of our events this year so that we can add them to the website.

Looking forward to seeing all your contributions.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Playford Multicultural Event

Some pictures from the 2nd. part of yesterdays event.
These pictures are fuzzy because Sherryl's camera settings had accidentally changed. If you have some good photos please post them here or email them to me.

It was a good event and I hope we can do more with the Playford council in the future.

- Peter