25th William Kennedy Piping Festival
Armagh Pipers Club are delighted to announce details of the 25th anniversary edition of the William Kennedy Piping Festival! To celebrate we have invited back all of our favourite performers from over the years as well as a few new faces. 2018 is also coincidentally the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Kennedy himself so double the reasons to celebrate!
This year we have guests from Bulgaria, Sweden, Greece, France, Italy, Spain, USA, Canada, as well as the cream of the crop from Ireland and Scotland. Highlights include a reunion performance from two legends of Irish music – Paddy Keenan and Paddy Glackin; the return of globetrotting supergroup Lúnasa; and a special collaboration between northern trailblazers Ulaid and local heroine Ríoghnach Connolly. Our Piping Academy is back with a stellar line-up of tutors including Seán Óg Potts, Mick O’Brien, Seán McKeon, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Louise Mulcahy and Síle Friel. There is also a full range of workshops in all instruments, plus sessions, lectures, performances for children, a special ‘Day of Song’, and much more!
Full line-up so far: Alan MacPherson & Frank Cassidy, Amy Campbell, Andy May (Northumberland), Anxo Lorenzo (Galicia), Aoife Smyth, Barry Kerr & Síle Denvir, Bradley Parker, Brian Vallely, Bridghe Chaimbeul (Scotland), Caoimhín Vallely, Cillian Vallely, Dàimh (Scotland), Dråm (Sweden), Duo Lagrange Rutkowski (France), Éamonn Curran, Fin Moore (Scotland), Finlay MacDonald (Scotland), Fiona Kelleher & George Hanover, Georgi Makris (Greece), Iarla McMahon, Ivan Georgiev (Bulgaria), Jane Walls, Jarlath Henderson, José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias), Joy Dunlop (Scotland), Louise Mulcahy, Luigi Lai (Sardinia), Lúnasa, Maeve MacKinnon (Scotland), Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby, Mick O’Brien, Niall Hanna, Niall Vallely, Paddy Keenan & Paddy Glackin, Peter McKenna, Ríoghnach Connolly, Ross Ainslie (Scotland), Seán McKeon, Seán Óg Potts, Síle Friel (Scotland), Sinéad Lennon, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Ulaid.