MAUI CELTIC NEWS ARCHIVE
December 4th -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" played at the Haleakala Waldorf School Faire, in Kula. The band were well received and many people came to talk story at the Maui Celtic Booth.
December 2nd and 4th -- saw the Celtic music duo THE MUSES play a couple of fun gigs. The talented multi-instrumentalists (based in Colorado) played traditional Scottish and Irish music, as well as some original compositions. They played gigs at St. John's Church in Kula, and at Mulligan's in Wailea, as well as gigs on Oahu.
November -- saw a great show by Celtic Harpist & Storyteller PATRICK BALL who performed his new solo musical theater piece, "The Fine Beauty of the Island", at Makawao Union Church, Paia. Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world today and a captivating storyteller in the Celtic tradition. The show is described pretty fully on Patrick's website (http://www.patrickball.com/finebeauty.php).
16th October -- the sound of Highand Bagpipes played by Hamish Douglas Burgess opened "The Healthy Hawai'i Expo" at the Lahaina Cannery Mall. Maui Celtic had a booth there.
October -- for the 3rd time the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" led the County Fair Parade, in Kahului. The band marched with the Maui Fire Department. The parade started by the Maui Community College, and went up Ka'ahumanu Ave to the County Fairgrounds.
September -- saw top Scottish band THE OLD BLIND DOGS
playing Hawai'i concerts.....first some Oahu gigs, then at 'Casanova's' in Makawao, Upcountry Maui, a Celtic
music festival at 'Mulligan's on the Blue' in Wailea , South Maui
(along with the Celtic Tigers and the Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums), and at The Hard Rock Cafe, in
Lahaina, West Maui. Then on to Kona, Big Island of Hawai'i.
For more info check out this great Celtic band at their website www.oldblinddogs.co.uk.
August and September-- Hamish of Maui Celtic was on a research and buying trip, taking in Cornwall, Scotland, The Isle of Man, Ireland, and Wales. He was at many great celtic music concerts in all those areas, and attended the "Piping Hot !" Festival and the World Pipeband Championships in Glasgow. He also went surfing in great surf in Cornwall, Scotland and Ireland !!
Saturday 3rd July -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" marched and played in the Makawao 4th July Rodeo Parade, in Makawao, Upcountry Maui. The band were well received and won the Lt.Governor's Trophy !
June 27th -- the local Celtic band Tropical Harps played at St.John's Church in Keokea, past Kula. They were joined on the Scottish smallpipes by guest Hamish Burgess of Maui Celtic.
June 19th -- Hamish on pipes and Peter on drums played at the 'Festival of Healing and Light' at The Wellness Center in Makawao. They were joined by other ethnic drummers and a tin whistle player for a wild impromptu jam session ! Maui Celtic had a booth there.
Weekend of 12th/13th June -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" opened the Upcountry Fair, in Makawao. The band played on stage both mornings, and Maui Celtic had a full stand of Celtic goodies. The weather was great and the cows were making plenty of noise !!
May 15th -- The Saint Andrew Society of Hawai'i presented
'Dressed to Kilt' in Wai ki ki over on O'ahu
-- a celtic fashion show, dress dinner, and play "The Scottish Soldier". A new event for the islands !!
Maui Celtic had a full display of all our celtic goods there, staffed by Hamish, Jennifer and Jason.
A great evening held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Ballrooms, there was free Scotch tasting by Famous Grouse, followed by a fabulous dinner, then the fashion show featuring Highland Attire. Maui Celtic's own Hamish strutted the catwalk in an ancient big kilt, dirk and targe, and later in full formal dress uniform. The debut of the play "Scottish Soldier (performed by Saint Andrew Society members, Society of Creative Anachronism and Royal Scottish Country Dance Society & Bagpiper Jake Kiao) followed. A fun evening , and a chance to wear all your Scottish finery !!
Weekend of 3rd/4th April saw the 23rd annual 'Scottish Festival' held in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Oahu. Maui Celtic was in the trade tent all weekend, staffed by Hamish and Jennifer, and Jason and Alison. This year Hamish Burgess was flag bearer of the Saltire (St.Andrew's Cross) during the opening ceremony. There was music from Molly's Revenge, The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, Native Hawaiian Pipe Major Jacob Kaio, fiddler Lisa Gomes, Celtic Waves, the Hawai'i Contra Dance Band and dancing from The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii and Irish stepdancing from Jig This. Molly's Revenge also did several concerts in Honolulu pubs.
March 26th/ 27th/ 28th -- MAUI CELTIC was proud to introduce MOLLY'S REVENGE to Maui -- we presented this top celtic band on a mini tour of the island.
The SandBar in Paia rocked !! Borders Bookstore was mobbed !! 'Mulligan's on the Blue' in Wailea, went off !! St.John's Church Hall in Keokea, jumped like never before !! The band were incredible ! Those that missed it will heard about it ! The piping world is represented in the band by young powerhouse David Brewer, who literally leaps around the stage while playing - you have to see this !.......
Wed March 24th -- Maui Celtic's own Hamish was back on Mana'o Radio (91.5 FM) with MOLLY'S REVENGE' live from 6 to 7pm, on Sandra Lee's show - a great live session !!
March 17th -- saw the annual St.Patrick's Day bash at "Mulligan's on the Blue", Maui's local Irish Pub in Wailea. Trevor Jones did a great opening set, the Irish Hearts from Honolulu were a treat, and the Celtic Tigers were hot as usual !! The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums played their best to date, with their biggest line up yet, 11 pipers and 3 drummers ! Guesting were Mike Reidel and Patrick Parsons from off-island, and several time World Champion Bagpiper Jack Lee and his 3 sons. Maui Celtic had a stand with a complete range of celtic goodies. The only place to be on Maui on St.Paddy's Day!!
March -- the Celtic Celebration went well with our local band Tropical Harps at St.John's Church in Keokea, past Kula. Then a fun Irish sing-along, with Larry Sarner.
Sunday March 14th -- Thanks for supporting the return of World Champion Bagpiper JACK LEE, of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, at Seabury Hall Performing Arts Studio (Makawao, Upcountry Maui). WHAT A GREAT SELL-OUT SHOW !! Opened by the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums", with an Oli by our own Hawaiian Piper Trinette U'ilani Furtado, followed by a stunning performance by Jack. Then a showing of the new (first in the world) Hawai Tartan Kilt presented by Hamish and Jennifer of Maui Celtic, and an epic finale by Jack and his three boys, Andrew, Colin and John. All proceeds fund our local non-profit pipe band. Mahalo ! Maui Celtic had a full stand of Hamish Burgess' artwork and T-shirts, and imported Celtic goodies.
January 25th -- the annual Robert Burns Night at the Hale Kamaole condos in South Kihei. Maui Celtic's own Hamish was there bagpiping, and they had pupus, music, poetry of course, and 'piping in the haggis' .The "Maui Celtic Pipes and
Drums" also played a set..........
The other one this year was the 1st MAUI CELTIC Robert Burns Night , presented by us at "Mulligan's on the Blue" in Wailea, and was a huge success. The boys of "The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" and MC Andrew were in full dress uniform, and all the Burns Night traditional ceremonies took place, including 'The Selkirk Grace', the piping in (by Roger MacKinlay Pleasanton) and the Address 'To A Haggis', many toasts with much fine Scotch whiskey, and Robert Burns' poetry. The pipe band played, followed by the 'Celtic Tigers' playing traditional Irish and Scottish music, and at the break more piping and of course, "Auld Lang Syne"...........
January 18th -- saw a fine celtic duo MAGICAL STRINGS playing at St. John's Episcopal Church in Keokea, Kula. The talented multi-instrumentalists Philip and Pam Boulding hail from Puget Sound.
New Year -- we were pleased to welcome champion piperAdrian Melvin and his wife to Maui, and he jammed with the boys of our pipe band at 'Mulligan's on the Blue' in Wailea, and again on the beach at Ka'anapali at Hogmanay (Scottish new year).........
Christmas -- we were pleased to welcome world class piper and composerBob Worral to Maui, and had the pleasure of hearing some of his music. We hope he will bring his band "Scantily Plaid" here (get their CD - its great !!).........
Last but not least, THE PIPE BAND CHICKEN was here checking out the sights...!!
December 6th -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" played at the Haleakala Waldorf School Faire, in Kula. The band were well received as was the debut of the new (first in the world) Hawai Tartan Kilt shown by Hamish of Maui Celtic. Mahalo to those who visited the Maui Celtic Booth for their holiday gifts!
October 31st -- the Maui Celtic Clan and the boys of the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" celebrated SAMHAIN or Hallowe'en at "Hallowe'en in Lahaina", the biggest party in the Pacific. The lads and lassies went as a band of ancient Celtic warriors, pipers and drummers, clad in tartan costumes with celtic face tattoos by Hamish ! The 30,000 revelers went wild when the gang played uptempo tunes!
Thursday 3rd October - for the 2nd time the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" led the County Fair Parade, in Kahului, with 6 pipers and 2 drummers. The band marched to the County Fairgrounds with the Maui Fire Department.
July -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" marched and played in the Makawao 4th July Rodeo Parade, in Makawao, Upcountry Maui. The crowd 's cheering won us the Lt.Governor's Trophy!
June -- Hamish Burgess and Roger McKinlay Pleasanton played bagpipes at the 'Festival of Healing and Light' at The Wellness Center in Makawao. Maui Celtic had a booth there.
June -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" opened the Upcountry Fair, in Makawao. The band played on stage both mornings, and Maui Celtic had a full stand of Celtic goodies.
May -- the "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" played at the Seabury Hall School Graduation, in Makawao. The band played for all the students, especially pipe band member Will McBarnett, who graduated that day.
Weekend of 5th/6th April saw the 22nd yearly 'Scottish Festival' held in Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Oahu. Maui Celtic was in the trade tent all weekend, staffed by Hamish and Jennifer, Jason and Alison, with guests Jules and Helen from Cornwall. Hamish and Jennifer marched in the opening ceremony representing the Douglas Clan. A highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night concert at the University of Hawai'i in Manoa, featuring traditional Scottish Seanachaidh (storyteller) Scot AnSgeulaiche, whose tales were riveting, accompanied by his dulcimer, followed by top Celtic band Molly's Revenge. During the weekend there was music from Molly's Revenge, The Hawaiian Thistle Pipe Band, The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, Pipe Major Kevin Blandford, Bishop David, the Kaimana Ceili Band, dancing from The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii and Irish stepdancing from Jig This, and traditional Scottish storytelling from Scott An Sgeulaiche. Traditional Highland Games took place throughout the weekend. Molly's Revenge also did concerts in Honolulu pubs.
March 19-23rd saw the return to Maui of the Irish Dance show SPIRIT OF THE DANCE. The dance spectacular, combining Irish Dance and Flamenco, played at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for 8 shows.
March 16th/ 17th -- saw the 2nd annual St.Patrick's Day bash at "Mulligan's on the Blue" in Wailea, for 2 days this year !! It was wild with 2 music bars - rock'n'roll inside and Celtic music outside in the beer garden !! The Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums played their best to date, followed by the Celtic Tigers who were hot as usual!!
January 25th -- the 10th annual Maui Robert Burns Night -- Maui Celtic's own Hamish was there playing the pipes at an informal gathering around the swimming pool area of the Hale Kamaole condos in South Kihei - they had pupus, music, poetry of course, and 'piping in the haggis' .The "Maui Celtic Pipes and Drums" also played a set..........