The Launch of the 15th Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance was held at the Corkman Irish Pub, Carlton, on July 13th. Program Director, Felix Meagher announced the program for the Lake School to be held in Koroit on January 2-7 2014.
As well as the continuing program of over 100 classes, sessions, ceilidhes, demonstrations and concerts being held, the following new items on the program were announced: A Clancy Brothers Tribute Concert ( featuring Christy and James Cooney, Mick Flanagan and Keiron O’Connell), African music on tin whistles and bodhrans led by Andy Rigby, the poetry of W B Yeats led by Jeremy Meagher, and the launch of Regina Lane’ s book: The Saving of St Brigid’s.
In keeping with the tradition of inducting a Legend of the Lake at the Lake School Launch, Jack Brennan, an uilleann piper from Adelaide who has tutored at the Lake School since 2005, was invited to join the Hall of Fame . His portrait will be added to the collection kept at Mickey Bourke’s Hotel in Koroit. Jack was inducted by Trentham fiddle player, Tom Walsh. The story was told of Jack beginning his career on the drums and graduating through a series of badly made pipes, and several trips to Ireland, before emerging as one of the finest exponents of uilleann piping in the country. The presentation to Jack was followed by a traditional Irish music session that went on beyond midnight.
The big surprise of the evening, however, was the proposal, live on stage, by Chris Vaughan to Regina Lane, the moment being captured by photographer Vince Brophy. Was it accepted? We may have to go to the Lake School to find out!