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Armagh Pipers Club Crow Valley Music

21st William Kennedy Piping Festival

The 22nd edition of our festival takes places this year from Thursday 12th until Sunday 15th. Full details of another stellar line-up are available on the website now.



Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Pipers Club Annual Concert on March 8th. All the groups and soloists were amazing and reflected many weeks of practising and preparation. The wide variety of tunes and songs selected and rehearsed by our dedicated team of teachers was very much appreciated by the audience. A big thanks to the parents and teachers who looked after ticket sales, onstage and backstage management, raffle etc and made the whole event run smoothly. Special thanks to Méabh Smyth who presented the concert so well.
More pictures from the concert are available on our Facebook page:
Further afield, two of our teachers, Niall Murphy and Barry Kerr, were on tour in China as members of the Cara Dillon Band. Conor Mallon performed in the BBCs showcase concert in the Waterfront Hall which went out on TV on St. Patrick's Day. Conor Mallon & Éilis Lavelle along with dancer Olivia Murray were televised in a performance in Armagh's two Cathedrals. Cúig were featured on BBC radio.

The inaugural Mark Donnelly Academy was held 28th-29th March and has been hailed a great success. With talks, classes, workshops, trips, recitals and sessions, our participants had a very busy and beneficial weekend.

Classes and workshops were held in Áras na bPíobairí and headed by none other than the highly skilled trio of Mich O'Brien, Brian McNamara and Eamonn Curran. giving their wealth of knowledge and experience on different topics, ranging from performance advice and use of regulators to pipe maintenance and reed making.
On Saturday there was a visit to Tandragee where they met with local historian Alec James and visited places associated with William Kennedy including the remains of his workshop and the Kennedy Family home as well as a visit to the reputed Kennedy family grave. They then headed to the Montagu Arms where there was a memorial plaque to William Kennedy erected and unveiled followed by a piping session, where Mick O'Brien played on a set of Kennedy pipes made in the 1780s.


A fantastic week was had by all at Feis an Earraich in Skye over the Easter Break



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Through our YouTube channel you can access recordings that we have made, or recordings by some of the Pipers Club past members. The channel is called Píobairí Ard Mhacha.