Bagpipes Rock

From North Queensland, Australia, this is one groovy, fun-loving, kick ’em in the pants band that just wants to rock — celtic style!





Dave "Mojo" Mullen – Guitarist and riff-meister extraordinaire. Provides the chordal grind. Will join Fraser in occasional mumblings of backing vocals. When not playing guitar he sneaks off into a corner and strums his beloved ukelele. Refuses point blank to play bagpipes.





Amanda Stephenson – Keyboard player, vocalist, bagpiper. Amanda also plays bagpipes with her local pipe band in Townsville.



Bagpipes, bouzouki


Fraser Martin – The band's founder, musical director and passionate energy source. Usually plays bagpipes, guitar, bass, bouzouki and anything else that other band members leave lying around. Known for his laid back approach and gentle forms of encouragement.





Alison Skardon – Violinist, vocalist, mandolinist, bagpipist and musical masochist. Watch out for that bow, it's lethal. When not actually being used for playing violin, Alison's bow goes to work as a conductor's baton and band cattle prod. And no, Alison is not bossy. Repeat, not bossy.



Bagpipes, guitar


David Greenhalgh takes his bagpiping very seriously indeed! And is probably the only one in the band that looks even remotely like a proper piper. When not playing bagpipes he's playing his flamenco guitar or screaming gently into a nearby microphone.





Bruce Knox - bass player and percussionist. When not stealing drums off Red, he's stealing the bass from Fraser. And when he's not doing either of those he's stealing laughs from everyone.





Michael "Red" Calligaro is the band's celtic drum percussionist. His drums have no volume control. He is wanted in several states throughout Australia for numerous alleged violations of local authority noise pollution laws. His response to this is unprintable.


Celtic Fyre



Once the bagpipes are filled with air, the fun never stops. Playing hard-hitting songs and music from the shores of Scotland and Ireland, the band's infectious form of entertainment leaves their audience with a bewildered sense of joy ... and sore hands and sore feet. :)

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St Valentines @ Townsville RSL

February 14
Show starts at 8pm and runs to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased on the evening of the show but it's advisable to pre-book. Contact the club on 07 4759 9500 or visit their website.

139 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park QLD 4812

St Patrick's Day @ Irish Finnegans

March 17
Celtic Fyre are shaking out the shamrocks this year to perform on St Patrick's Day itself. The band will be performing at Irish Finnegan's Pub on Tuesday 17th March. Performance time from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Entertainment all day - see website for details.

34 High Range Dve, Condon, Townsville QLD, 4815

Breast Cancer Support @ Innisfail

April 18
Supporting the Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group. This is a show & dinner fund raiser at the picturesque Mena Creek Valley property of Spurwood Springs. Places are strictly limited. Booking early is essential.

For bookings contact:
Tom & Dianne Mauloni
Ph: 07 4065 3310

Cairns Craic

May 15
The night before the day of the recording, where else would we be but in a bar pumping out some good music and good craic. Details to follow.

CD Recording @ Pegasus Studios

May 16
Celtic Fyre heading back to the studio this weekend to record our fourth CD, a fun compilation with a distinctly Irish flavour to it.

Pegasus Studios

Townsville Tartan Day

June 21
In support of the celtic community in the Greater Townsville Region, Celtic Fyre will be joining a myriad of musicians, dancers and clansmen to celebrate the wearing of the kilt at Townsville Tartan Day. If last year was anything to go by, this should be a great day out for all the family.

Central Coast Mini Tour

Celtic Fyre will be touring the Central Queensland Coast in early August with shows planned for Mackay and Rockhampton. There will also be a workshop held in Rockhampton. Details to follow.

Celtic Line Dancing @ Ingham RSL

September 18
Celtic Fyre hopes to be returning to the Herbert Rivers RSL for a touch of celtic line dancing. Ladies get your dancing shoes on!

Details to be confirmed.

Bowen Family Fishing Classic

September 19
Celtic Fyre are returning this year to the wonderful town of Bowen to which must be one of the best fun-filled family events of the year - the famous Bowen Family Fishing Classic.

Outback Festival

September 25
Winton QLD. Details to follow.

Celtic Fyre Dancer of the Year Award

October 24
Official news release due second week in March.

Dance North Theatre

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Celtic Fyre is hiring! The band is recruiting dancers to be a permanent part of the performing line up. 2 to 4 positions available.

Applicants should be over the age of 18 and able to travel approximately once per month to the band's events. There is no upper age limit. If you have the desire to get back into dancing for fun - this is your opportunity. You will need to have been trained in both Highland and Irish dancing and have some experience of other dance forms. An ability to sing and/or play an instrument is an advantage but not essential.

Celtic Fyre Society Inc is a not for profit organisation. All members are volunteers. Where possible, travel and accommodation costs are covered by the band.


Then get in touch with Fraser: or 0402 353 477
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Celtic FyreTo our friends in the dancing community - please share and don't forget to let your friends know that are no longer dancing!6 days ago
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Preparations for St Patrick's day are under way around the world. This year Celtic Fyre will be playing at Irish Finnegans at 34 High Range Dve, Condon, QLD on Tuesday the 14th of March.

We are all really looking forward to playing for you then but in the mean time, here's something a few of us thought was pretty funny.
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50 Shades of Tartan

Celtic Fyre had a marvelous night at the Townsville RSL on Saturday night with a full house treated to another lively performance of energy, fun and driving music. The performance was greatly enhanced by the appearances of the young TAPA Highland Dancers who added so much to the atmosphere and we always look forward to their support whenever we play in Townsville as we do with the large Sottish community here. Also thanks to Marie Gibson and Margaret Silke, who treated the crowd to a fine display of Highland dancing. Great stuff! We are back in Townsville on St Patrick's Day, Tuesday 17th March. performing at Irish Finnigan's from 6.30pm to 8.30 so come along and join the fun! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sandy FrancisIt was indeed another great night. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you again on St Pat's Day.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Lindsay GordonA great performance that was enjoyed by all who attended. Well done.2 weeks ago
David MullenThank you Sandy. We'll see you there:)2 weeks ago

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I never knew bagpipes could rock it!!


You guys are amazing! We were lucky enough to catch your show at Aussie Farm Entertainment's Breast Cancer function. I never knew bagpipes could rock it!! Only sorry that my little man fell asleep - how he did so, I have no idea! Great work

Misty Craw
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