About Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder 

DSC 0013smCeltic Thunder was a registered and approved performance of Medieval and Celtic History by the NSW Dept. of Education (Reg. No 128/08 - www.schools.edu.au/pfs)

Ray Ellington and Collin Phillips are professional performers  and educators who share a passion for medieval, celtic and renaissance history, and share their interest in an informative and entertaining way that will allow students to get in touch with this period of history and experience firsthand the culture and lifestyle of this fascinating and often frightening time.

We have over $60,000 worth of authentic equipment including accurate costumes, weapons, armour and artifacts that enhance our perforance along with years of experience in communication and teaching that provides an educational experience not to be missed.

Colin Phillips

Collin Phillips was the Director of the Medieval Guilds Inc. historical re-enactment society, a grade 1 fencing instructor with the NSW Fencing Association and director of Coffs Harbour Sword Club, academy of fencing. Colin, a qualified coach with the NSW Institute of Sport also runs an after school children's program called the Knight Club. .

Colin is a registered and approved member of the Martial Arts Industry Australia and specializes in renaissance foil and rapier and medieval longsword technique.

Colin is an experienced public speaker and gifted teacher with over 28 years professional experience, speaking to groups from 2 to 1000 people. He has been the director of a number of small businesses , Director of the Board for Christian Community Schools Ltd. He is also a marriage celebrant and published author. Colin has degrees in Social Science, Theology and Commercial Law

Ray Ellington

As one half of the team Ray Ellington brings a wealth of experience to the presentation and compliments the other half of the team beautifully. Ray was the Pipe Major of the Coffs Coast Pipes and Drums Inc. and has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe for 46 years. Ray is also a member of the NSW Highlanders that competed in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Scotland.

Ray is a public speaker and trainer of some note, an avid history buff on all things Celtic, Ray portrays the life and styles of the Celts in all phases of history, especially Medieval times. A special friend of the Australian Institute of Celtic Studies, Ray has performed at many special events around the country as a performer, musician and master of ceremonies. An energetic and physical presenter, Ray has no trouble in bringing the best out in his audience whether it is for 20 or 200. Quick witted and with an uncanny eye for detail, Ray combines powerfully with Colin to bring that extra little bit of something special to every presentation.

A sure fire way for people to remember what you want them to is to create solid, unwavering memories; this is what Ray and Colin do so well.

To date we have had 100% complete satisfaction from our school performances, evidenced from the repeat bookings received from every school we have attended.

Stationed in Coffs Harbour we are happy to travel whenever possible to perform at your school. Call us now to discuss your school's requirements and preferred date.

Some of the schools we have visited recently include;

  • Biship Druitt College Coffs Harbour
  • Christian Community High School Bonville
  • Orara High School Coffs Harbour
  • Clarence Valley Anglican School Grafton
  • Toormina High
  • Casurina Steiner School Coffs Harbour
  • McCawley Catholic School Grafton