50th Anniversary

Read about the first 50 years of the Armagh Pipers Club

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events at Pipers Club.


Photos and videos from past Pipers Club events

Recent News

Pipers Club Fundraising Concert

The Pipers Club will be hosting a fundraising concert in Bellini's in Newry on September 26th featuring legendary Donegal band Altan.They'll be joined by a host of top class musicians including Jarlath Henderson, Len Graham, Niall and Caoimhín Vallely and musicians from the Pipers Club.
Book tickets here

Macha - Music and Myth

Come to Navan Fort on Friday 6th or Saturday 7th September for the launch of a unique musical and dramatic celebration of the myths and mysteries of Eamhain Macha, the ancient seat of the rulers of Ulster. Composer Niall Vallely, Armagh Rhymers and the Armagh Pipers Club have been commissioned by Tourism NI, through the Arts Council, to create this work, one of four experimental #embracetheplace artistic experiences. Commencing at the Navan Centre, the evening includes a dramatic performance by Armagh Rhymers, musicians from Armagh Pipers Club and audio-visual displays together with a promenade to the Fort itself. Come dressed for the weather as part of the performance is outdoors. The café is open for pre-performance. Numbers are limited so book now at https://visitarmagh.com/macha/

New Festival Album - Out Now

Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival Vol. 2
36 iconic live recordings spanning the last 15 years of the festival
Double album with performers from Ireland, Scotland, Northumberland, Asturias, Galicia, Italy, Sardinia, Brittany, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Cape Breton and the U.S.

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You can now donate directly to Armagh Pipers Club via PayPal, with zero commission deducted and Gift Aid added at the click of a button! In addition to its very modest tuition fees, the charity receives some funding from the Arts Council, from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and others for specific activities such as classes and the William Kennedy Piping Festival. Core costs such as premises, staffing and overheads rely on our fundraising efforts and on the goodwill of our friends. Please help secure the future of this amazing organisation.

BBC Folk Awards

The Armagh Pipers Club was recently presented with the Good Tradition Awards at the BBC Folk Awards which were held recently at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. Visit the News section for more photos.

Living Tradition - New painting and print

"The Living Tradition". A new work by J.B. Vallely, December 2017, donated to Armagh Pipers Club. The painting will be auctioned in early 2018 by one of the major houses in Dublin or Belfast, details to follow. A single very limited edition of high-quality prints is in production, never to be repeated. There are only 50 signed and numbered prints being produced and they are available here for £200.
Buy print for £200 (+postage)

Pipers Club Annual Concert

Featuring almost 200 performers before a soldout Market Place Theatre, the Pipers Annual Concert was anpther huge success. More photos on the Gallery page.

Armagh Pipers Club fundraising initiative

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New Pipers Club Songbook

Armagh Pipers Club is delighted to announce the publication of a new songbook entitled "By Dobbin's Flowery Vale". The new book contains over forty songs with words and music transcribed by Eithne Vallely and is accompanied by two CDs containing two and a half hours of recordings by tutors and past pupils along with current club members as young as 8 years of age. Additionally many well known singers who have taught masterclasses over the years have generously allowed us to include their recordings. Click here to buy the book.

Armagh Pipers Club has been at the forefront of traditional music education since its foundation in 1966. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, Armagh Pipers Club will have an exciting programme of events through the year.

Many young people who began their music in the Pipers Club are now well-known musicians playing professionally. We are delighted that so many of our students continue to study traditional music at university. Some of the best known musicians were introduced to traditional music through the APC tutor books. The Club has become an internationally acclaimed centre for traditional music through its promotion of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. Learning traditional music in the Pipers Club environment provides a wonderful opportunity to develop self-discipline and confidence while making new friends.

The Club's education programme aims to develop musical creativity through weekly lessons, informal sessions, and attendance at concerts. The two interdependent strands of music education are performing and listening. Pupils are taught to play an instrument focusing on developing technique while building up a broad repertoire of tunes. Traditional music is an inherited body of music handed down aurally through generations, while being continually added to by new compositions. Pupils are taught to memorise the music and perform it in a traditional style with appropriate ornamentation. Many go on to compose their own tunes. In order to become a traditional musician one must learn to listen to music - pupils need to avail of every opportunity to hear good musicians in live performance and also build up a collection of recorded music to listen to at home.

Our education programme takes account of both elements of music learning - performing music in class, at the Family Sessions and in concerts, listening in class, at the session, at the Trad at the Trian concerts and at the William Kennedy Piping Festival. Teaching is group-based, giving learners the experience of working with others to make music in a non-competitive atmosphere. Beginners and junior pupils are taught using graded tutor books and CDs produced by APC. All pupils are taught to read music, enabling them to access the wide range of music publications available. Senior classes are taught aurally and pupils are expected to have their own recorder in class.

The Club also has a large archive of recordings, music collections and tune/song transcriptions. Students can avail of computer programmes to transcribe tunes.

Through the annual WKPF, pupils have an opportunity to become familiar with music of many countries and broaden their musical horizons. Our links with Gaelic Scotland in particular encourage an interest in the music of the country and especially in the Gaelic singing and piping traditions.