Armagh PipersClub

Armagh PipersClub

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A Chairde,
B'fhéidir go mbeadh suim ag cuid agaibh san imeacht rialta seo, tá fáilte roimh chách, múinteoir úr agus aoi píobaire gach mí,

Maybe some of you would be interested in this regular event, all are welcome, a new teacher and guest piper each month.
An Domhnach beag seo
This Sunday
I mind me Da, who took these shots being annoyed with the ‘man in the hat’ as he could not get a picture of his eyes!
What year was this??
Final Call: Any Talented Families / Relatives out there?

TG4 in conjunction with Adare Productions are back looking for Ireland’s Most Talented Family to take part in a new series of TG4's Réalta agus Gaolta. If you and your brother or sister, father, mother, granny has a talent, now is your chance to make your family a household name.

The Act must consist of at least 2 people + is open to ALL Ages. There are no restrictions on what their act could be. They could be singers, dancers, musicians, you name it, we want to see it all! If you and your family would like to Audition for the show, please send a short Video Clip of your Family performing via Whatsapp to 087 0536678 by TUESDAY 22nd of Jan . Or for more details, email Fiona on [email protected]

The Best of Luck.
A cháirde,

My band LAS are playing a gig at Hill of The O Neill & Ranfurly House Saturday November 10th.

LAS are an exciting five piece band featuring leading players from the contemporary Celtic music scene. They explore Scotland & Ireland’s shared cultural links through exhilarating dance & music collaborations and songs in Scottish Gàidhlig and Gaeilge.

Tickets are priced at £10 and you can buy them through the link below. There is also a workshop at 3pm with Joy Dunlop on Scottish stepdancing! Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.

Go raibh míle maith agat!

https://dungannon.ticketsolve.com/shows/873594754

https://www.facebook.com/events/2164125883854340/
Here's the second part: #WKPF
Are some of your fabulous students playing at piping live in August this year if so do you know when?
I am sorry to tell you of the passing of my father, the great Charles Roberts. He was an excellent maker of the Uilleann Pipes and a legendary man. R.I.P
Winter Storm Live Stream available on this link
Comhghairdeas libh ar fhéile den scoth arís eile. Maith sibh.
Dont forget to book your writing courses and Festival events at The John O'Connor Writing School and Literary Arts Festival 2-5 November. The full programme is downloadeable at www.thejohnoconnorwritingschool.com
You can also book direct at Armagh Visitor information centre at 0044 (0) 28 3752 1800

A charity, founded in 1966 to teach and promote Irish traditional music, currently offering online weekly classes. Armagh Pipers Club is a charity founded in 1966 and based in Armagh City.

It provides an education programme in Irish traditional music - currently offering uilleann pipes, fiddle, tin whistle, banjo, concertina, flute, singing, harp and accordion. In 2019-20 the Club had some 218 students - children and adults - drawn from eight counties - and around 30 tutors. With online-only operations during the pandemic, student numbers have declined sharply but we are now able to

Operating as usual

02/09/2021

Flook, who are no strangers to the Armagh Pipers Club, are on tour across the north next week, starting in Strule Arts Centre Omagh on Thursday 9th Sept and the Market Place Theatre on Saturday 11th Sept, as well as playing Bangor and Belfast. Tickets must be pre-booked due to covid regulations. Tickets for the Omagh gig are available https://struleartscentre.co.uk/show/flook-2021/#booking and for Armagh https://marketplacearmagh.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610025?_ga=2.203802135.642048174.1630576607-845937343.1628518288

Flook, who are no strangers to the Armagh Pipers Club, are on tour across the north next week, starting in Strule Arts Centre Omagh on Thursday 9th Sept and the Market Place Theatre on Saturday 11th Sept, as well as playing Bangor and Belfast. Tickets must be pre-booked due to covid regulations. Tickets for the Omagh gig are available https://struleartscentre.co.uk/show/flook-2021/#booking and for Armagh https://marketplacearmagh.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610025?_ga=2.203802135.642048174.1630576607-845937343.1628518288

01/09/2021

An outdoor concert in Monaghan on 16 September features music and songs associated with the Rossmore family and estate. The instruments featured are harpsichord and chamber organ (Caoimhin Vallely), harp (Laoise Kelly), flute and whistles (Cormac Breatnach), uilleann pipes (Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn), fiddle and voice (Zoe Conway), Baroque guitar (Eamonn Sweeney) and viol de gambe (Luc Gaugler). Further details at https://allevents.in/rossmore%20park/the-pipes-that-once-through-rossmore%E2%80%99s-halls-1/10000168960131301

An outdoor concert in Monaghan on 16 September features music and songs associated with the Rossmore family and estate. The instruments featured are harpsichord and chamber organ (Caoimhin Vallely), harp (Laoise Kelly), flute and whistles (Cormac Breatnach), uilleann pipes (Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn), fiddle and voice (Zoe Conway), Baroque guitar (Eamonn Sweeney) and viol de gambe (Luc Gaugler). Further details at https://allevents.in/rossmore%20park/the-pipes-that-once-through-rossmore%E2%80%99s-halls-1/10000168960131301

[08/28/21]   BACK TO SCHOOL!
After a year and a half of all-online teaching, via a combination of recorded lessons and live Zoom lessons, we are delighted to announce that Armagh Pipers Club is returning to face-to-face teaching for the coming year. Up to 40 classes per week (depending on demand) will be delivered in Coláiste Chaitríona, the Irish-medium unit in the lower block of St Catherine's College. These will cover accordion, banjo, concertina, fiddle, flute, harp, tin whistle and uilleann pipes at up to four levels per instrument, from beginner to advanced, with classes also in singing (beginner, junior and senior) and in session playing. This year, needless to say, we will have Covid safety measures in place and these have been approved by the school. Once again, funding from the Arts Council has enabled us to freeze tuition fees at the level of £100 per term, with the third term free of charge. A mailing next week will provide further details to any family that has had a student with us over the past year or two; if you would like further information, please email us ([email protected]).

27/08/2021

Just in time for the new school year, Armagh Pipers Club has published an entirely new edition of Eithne and Brian Vallely's famous fiddle tutor book. Completely redesigned, with no fewer than 53 tunes, the book was produced with the help of the Organisations Emergency Fund, a special pandemic support measure for the arts sector, run for the Department for Communities by the Arts Council. Priced at £10 (or £5 for Pipers Club students), Learn to Play the Fiddle can be ordered from armaghpipers.com, along with the many other Pipers Club publications used worldwide in teaching Irish traditional music.

Just in time for the new school year, Armagh Pipers Club has published an entirely new edition of Eithne and Brian Vallely's famous fiddle tutor book. Completely redesigned, with no fewer than 53 tunes, the book was produced with the help of the Organisations Emergency Fund, a special pandemic support measure for the arts sector, run for the Department for Communities by the Arts Council. Priced at £10 (or £5 for Pipers Club students), Learn to Play the Fiddle can be ordered from armaghpipers.com, along with the many other Pipers Club publications used worldwide in teaching Irish traditional music.

[07/13/21]   Don't miss this Sunday's edition of RTÉ's The Rolling Wave, which features some great music recorded in Armagh in the last (26th) edition of the William Kennedy Piping Festival in November 2019. Eamonn Curran is there with a little bit of Brian Vallely, two tunes from Brian McNamara and Gráinne Hambly, a tune from Nico Berardi, a song from Gráinne Holland and a few tunes from Bríghde Campbell.

This November *might* see WKPF 27, but if it goes ahead (which depends on funding applications), it will be a much smaller affair than of late, featuring not the 60-80 artists of recent years but an array of outstanding Irish pipers and just a few international guests. Watch this page, or armaghpipers.com, for updates.

Photos from Armagh PipersClub's post 16/06/2021

The last in the Fonn Friday concert series goes out this Friday on armaghpipers.com, featuring two musical families deeply connected to the Club.

17/05/2021

The penultimate Fonn Friday concert in the 2020-21 series airs this Friday at armaghpipers.com, featuring multi-instrumentalist Barry Kerr and accordion virtuoso Christy Leahy. Free to view, thanks to the Arts Council 's support for our virtually-visiting artists programme. Next up, two legendary musical families with long associations with the Club: the Smyths of Armagh and the Mulhollands of South Derry, on 18 June.

The penultimate Fonn Friday concert in the 2020-21 series airs this Friday at armaghpipers.com, featuring multi-instrumentalist Barry Kerr and accordion virtuoso Christy Leahy. Free to view, thanks to the Arts Council 's support for our virtually-visiting artists programme. Next up, two legendary musical families with long associations with the Club: the Smyths of Armagh and the Mulhollands of South Derry, on 18 June.

23/04/2021

This is a busy weekend for Armagh Pipers Club. Not only are we presenting John Doyle and Kevin Crawford in concert (here and at armaghpipers.com) at 8pm on Friday, but John and Kevin are delivering online masterclasses for APC students on Saturday. On Sunday at 8pm, the Pipers Club pays homage to one of the biggest names in traditional music in Armagh, the wonderful fiddler and composer Brendan McGlinchey. This recital features students, tutors and alumni of the Club playing a number of the tunes that come to mind when Brendan is mentioned. This will remain on our homepage for a month and can be visited thereafter in our archive. We are grateful to Brendan for all that he did to keep the tradition alive in his days in touring céilí bands, and in his later life in England.
See our obituary here: https://www.facebook.com/armagh.pipersclub/posts/2662024110748599

This is a busy weekend for Armagh Pipers Club. Not only are we presenting John Doyle and Kevin Crawford in concert (here and at armaghpipers.com) at 8pm on Friday, but John and Kevin are delivering online masterclasses for APC students on Saturday. On Sunday at 8pm, the Pipers Club pays homage to one of the biggest names in traditional music in Armagh, the wonderful fiddler and composer Brendan McGlinchey. This recital features students, tutors and alumni of the Club playing a number of the tunes that come to mind when Brendan is mentioned. This will remain on our homepage for a month and can be visited thereafter in our archive. We are grateful to Brendan for all that he did to keep the tradition alive in his days in touring céilí bands, and in his later life in England.
See our obituary here: https://www.facebook.com/armagh.pipersclub/posts/2662024110748599

18/04/2021

The Pipers Club’s series of monthly concerts has featured some of the best-known names in Irish traditional music, and on Friday 23 April we hear from two hugely successful musicians both now based in the United States. Kevin Crawford, the Birmingham-born, Clare-formed, New York-resident frontman of supergroup Lúnasa is joined by John Doyle, the singer-songwriter raised in Dublin and now living in North Carolina. They are pictured here along with their partner in the trio The Teetotalers, the great fiddler Martin Hayes. Join us at armaghpipers.com at 8pm (Irish time) for an hour of free music and song, with the occasional discreet plug for Carrying the Tune, Kevin’s new album on which John features extensively!

The Pipers Club’s series of monthly concerts has featured some of the best-known names in Irish traditional music, and on Friday 23 April we hear from two hugely successful musicians both now based in the United States. Kevin Crawford, the Birmingham-born, Clare-formed, New York-resident frontman of supergroup Lúnasa is joined by John Doyle, the singer-songwriter raised in Dublin and now living in North Carolina. They are pictured here along with their partner in the trio The Teetotalers, the great fiddler Martin Hayes. Join us at armaghpipers.com at 8pm (Irish time) for an hour of free music and song, with the occasional discreet plug for Carrying the Tune, Kevin’s new album on which John features extensively!

Bringing All the Ideas Together 26/03/2021

Bringing All the Ideas Together

A review of Fintan Vallely's new album, Merrijig Creek.

Bringing All the Ideas Together Flute-player Fintan Vallely has recently released 'Merrijig Creek', a solo album of newly composed tunes. Kevin McCullagh reviews.

18/03/2021

All are invited to another great free event from Armagh Pipers Club. The third Fonn Friday concert of 2021, and the sixth in our 2020-21 season, takes place online at armaghpipers.com at 8pm on Friday 19 March. It features two artists well known to the Pipers Club community - Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Daoiri Farrell. Tiarnán, acknowledged as one of the greatest uilleann pipers of our time, began his musical training in Armagh Pipers Club and is now one of our senior tutors. Daoiri, who has featured in previous Club events including the William Kennedy Piping Festival, is a great bouzouki player and singer from Dublin. Join us for an hour of top-class music and song! Our thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for its funding of the whole series.

All are invited to another great free event from Armagh Pipers Club. The third Fonn Friday concert of 2021, and the sixth in our 2020-21 season, takes place online at armaghpipers.com at 8pm on Friday 19 March. It features two artists well known to the Pipers Club community - Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Daoiri Farrell. Tiarnán, acknowledged as one of the greatest uilleann pipers of our time, began his musical training in Armagh Pipers Club and is now one of our senior tutors. Daoiri, who has featured in previous Club events including the William Kennedy Piping Festival, is a great bouzouki player and singer from Dublin. Join us for an hour of top-class music and song! Our thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for its funding of the whole series.

18/03/2021

Eugene McKenna from County Tyrone is the proud owner of one of my most recent violins (and what a great player he is!)
"It has the perfect balance between lower and upper registers and is so easy to play that it seems to do the work for you."

Introducing The Fiddler of London 2021 - Meabh Smyth 15/03/2021

Introducing The Fiddler of London 2021 - Meabh Smyth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36IPHiBkfMo

Introducing The Fiddler of London 2021 - Meabh Smyth Meet Meabh Smyth, Fiddler of London 2021 Winner

Hunger of the Skin, by Brian Finnegan 12/03/2021

Hunger of the Skin, by Brian Finnegan

The latest issue of The Journal of Music reviews the new CD from Brian Finnegan:

Hunger of the Skin is the new album from whistle-player Brian Finnegan, also a member of the bands Flook and Kan. Featuring eight tracks of newly composed music, the album title refers to the experience of the pandemic. Finnegan writes: Hunger of the Skin ‘is a collection of music to honour the power of human touch, of shared mind, stories, music and dreams, of real connection, not virtual, and real embodied joy.’ The album also features 24 artists including poets Gearóid MacLochlainn and Morna Finnegan, Sheema Mukherjee on sitar, Niamh Dunne on fiddle, and more. The album also features ‘Flow, In The Year Of Wu Wei’, nominated for the RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards in 2020. Purchase the album on Bandcamp: https://brianfinnegan.bandcamp.com/album/hunger-of-the-skin

Hunger of the Skin, by Brian Finnegan 9 track album

10/03/2021

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A highlight of the Pipers Club year since 1966 has been the Annual Concert, featuring club students and tutors. The first one took place on St Patrick's Day, in Armagh's City Hall. The Hall is long gone, but we're still here and that's something to celebrate!

Join us for a couple of hours of music song and dance from 67 performers - solos, duets, trios, family groups and "virtual" groups. All free!

You can download the concert programme from this link; https://bit.ly/2OCVeLR

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05/03/2021

A highlight of the Pipers Club year since 1966 has been the Annual Concert, featuring Club students and tutors. The first one took place on St Patrick's Day, 17 March, in Armagh's City Hall. The Hall is long gone, and this will be the oddest St Patrick's Day in living memory, but we're still here and that's something to celebrate! Join us here on Facebook, or at armaghpipers.com, from noon on the 17th for two hours of music from 67 performers - solos, duets, trios, family groups and "virtual" groups. All free!

A highlight of the Pipers Club year since 1966 has been the Annual Concert, featuring Club students and tutors. The first one took place on St Patrick's Day, 17 March, in Armagh's City Hall. The Hall is long gone, and this will be the oddest St Patrick's Day in living memory, but we're still here and that's something to celebrate! Join us here on Facebook, or at armaghpipers.com, from noon on the 17th for two hours of music from 67 performers - solos, duets, trios, family groups and "virtual" groups. All free!

27/02/2021
19/02/2021

Welcome to the fifth Fonn Friday concert of the 2020-21 season, tonight at our home page, armaghpipers.com!

Singer and cellist Alana Henderson, an alumna of Armagh Pipers Club who has toured widely (with Hozier among others), is joined by Cork-based fiddler Clare O'Loughlin for the fifth in our Fonn Friday series. The hour-long free concert goes online at 8pm, and will be viewable for one week only.

Both musicians are also providing master classes for APC students, accessible by logging into the Student Area of the website.

Welcome to the fifth Fonn Friday concert of the 2020-21 season, tonight at our home page, armaghpipers.com!

Singer and cellist Alana Henderson, an alumna of Armagh Pipers Club who has toured widely (with Hozier among others), is joined by Cork-based fiddler Clare O'Loughlin for the fifth in our Fonn Friday series. The hour-long free concert goes online at 8pm, and will be viewable for one week only.

Both musicians are also providing master classes for APC students, accessible by logging into the Student Area of the website.

Trad: Dónal and Feilimí O'Connor on new TV show Sruth showcasing new Irish and Scottish musical talent alongside old favourites 19/02/2021

Trad: Dónal and Feilimí O'Connor on new TV show Sruth showcasing new Irish and Scottish musical talent alongside old favourites

A new TV series featuring APC talent!

TG4 and the Scottish Gàidhlig channel, BBC Alba, have together created a four-part series, Sruth, featuring some of the finest traditional musicians on either side of Sruth na Maoile (the Straits of Moyle or North Channel). Several of those featured are Armagh Pipers Club graduates: the first programme, going out on Sunday 21 February at 9.30pm, stars Méabh Smyth; future programmes have Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Ríoghnach Connolly and Niall Vallely. Among others taking part are William Kennedy Piping Festival favourites such as Brìghde Chambeul.

https://www.irishnews.com/arts/2021/02/19/news/trad-do-nal-and-feilimi-o-connor-on-new-tv-show-sruth-showcasing-new-irish-and-scottish-musical-talent-alongside-old-favouri-2228116/

Trad: Dónal and Feilimí O'Connor on new TV show Sruth showcasing new Irish and Scottish musical talent alongside old favourites SRUTH is a stream, a current or a flow and it beautifully describes the centuries-old movement of people, language and culture across the Straits of Moyle, the shortest distance between Ireland and Scotland.

12/02/2021

If it was your lifelong ambition to write the definitive book on the Galician bagpipe, these trying times just got even worse. Late last year Fernando Molpeceres (known in the FB piping world as Fer Molpe) and Darío Nogueira brought out Temperando, a lavishly illustrated 375-page tome. Both men are associated with a great amateur banda de gaitas, Lume de Biqueira, who were our guests at the 2011 William Kennedy Piping Festival. Their book is so comprehensive that it covers not only the instrument, the music and the culture around it, but includes chapters on the injuries and maladies afflicting pipers, and on Galician traditional dress, from hat to footwear. There is an extensive selection of tunes and the design and typography is faultless. Very good value at €29.50, but postage from Madrid comes to about the same - and the website of the publisher can't cope with addresses outside the Spanish state.

If it was your lifelong ambition to write the definitive book on the Galician bagpipe, these trying times just got even worse. Late last year Fernando Molpeceres (known in the FB piping world as Fer Molpe) and Darío Nogueira brought out Temperando, a lavishly illustrated 375-page tome. Both men are associated with a great amateur banda de gaitas, Lume de Biqueira, who were our guests at the 2011 William Kennedy Piping Festival. Their book is so comprehensive that it covers not only the instrument, the music and the culture around it, but includes chapters on the injuries and maladies afflicting pipers, and on Galician traditional dress, from hat to footwear. There is an extensive selection of tunes and the design and typography is faultless. Very good value at €29.50, but postage from Madrid comes to about the same - and the website of the publisher can't cope with addresses outside the Spanish state.

Keeping the tradition alive

Armagh Pipers Club is a charity founded in 1966 and based in Armagh City. It provides an education programme in Irish traditional music - uilleann pipes, fiddle, tin whistle, banjo, concertina, flute, singing, harp, guitar and accordion. The Club currently has over 200 students - children and adults - drawn from eight counties - and around 30 tutors.

The Pipers Club organises the annual William Kennedy Piping Festival, which every November draws exponents and enthusiasts from all over the world to play and hear every variety and style of pipe music. In 2017, for example, we had musicians from Cape Breton (Canada), Asturias, Scotland, Britanny, central and southern France, all over Ireland, the USA and elsewhere. Previous years have featured Bulgaria, Italy, Galicia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Wales, Northumberland, Algeria and many other countries.

The Club receives partial funding from the Arts Council, from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Colmcille and a number of local businesses and private donors, but its policy of offering tuition at affordable prices and the absence of any funding for core costs such as premises and staffing means that it has to raise at least £20,000 per year to keep going. If you would like to support the charity, please get in touch.

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