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On the 8th day of our #12daysofchristmas we bring you a Festive Irish session from members of the Armagh PipersClub courtesy of our colleagues at Visit Armagh. This will certainly get you into the Christmas Spirit! ☘☘☘ Tourism Ireland Discover Northern Ireland #FillYourHeartWithIreland #EmbraceAFestiveSpirit #christmasinireland #seasontobejolly #irishdiaspora #GreenButton 🎄🎄🎄
Book Launch this Thursday 7pm.
Covid Restrictions apply.

Bernard O Connor is a man of many talents, and has been an active community volunteer for most of his lifetime in the scouts, brass bands, musicial education, comhaltas in Fermanagh, as well as a school teacher and head master. This book gives account to some of his experiences at the hands of the authorities as a Civil Rights Activist in NI in the 1970's.

Warrenpoint Comhaltas Neil Ó Dubhlaoich Armagh PipersClub Trim CCÉ Dun Uladh Comhaltas Dun Dealgan JJ Gardiner Dun Dealgan Drogheda Comhaltas Trim CCÉ Féile Patrick Byrne Brenda McCann Ann Mc Cann Ann Byrne Ursula Byrne Crawley CCE An Bonnán Buí
Congratulations to Níall who has been awarded a Grade 8 Distinction in Irish Traditional music on the Bosca Cheoil 🪗

Maith thú a Níall 👏👏. 🎶🪗 🎉 🎊

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Armagh PipersClub and in particular Níall's teacher, Donna McKinney.
An Domhnach beag seo
This Sunday
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
Tune in at 8pm on the Armagh PipersClub website: armaghpipers.com to get a wee concert with the Smyths and the Mulhooligans 😁

🎧

#armaghpipersclub #fonnfriday
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??
The Armagh PipersClub will mark its 55th anniversary with an online concert on St Patrick’s Day, Wednesday 17th March 2021 🎶

Join the celebrations from 12noon with two hours of music, song and dance from 67 performers – solos, duets, trios, family groups and virtual groups.
To mark the anniversary today 14 March, of the death of virtuoso uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn (1945–2018), ITMA is sharing again Louise Mulcahy's video 'The Liam O'Flynn Collection'. Louise's was the first episode in our 'Drawing from the Well' series released in October 2020.
As a second tribute later today ITMA will also publish a new blog 'Stone on Stone' by uilleann piper, composer, & artist Barry Kerr who was awarded the 2020 Liam O'Flynn Award from Arts Council Ireland and National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Arts Council Ireland Arts Council of Northern Ireland Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media OPW - Office of Public Works The Journal of Music Na Píobairí Uilleann Cumann na bPíobairí Uilleann Inis Fada Armagh PipersClub Úna Monaghan
The 29th Annual Belfast Piping Tionól with guest pipers:

Leonard Barry, Paddy O'Hare, Caoimhín Mac Aoidh and Fionntan Byrne.

Join us Fri 5th & Sat 6th Mar for our annual piping lecture, workshops and reed-making.

All events online

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Na Píobairí Uilleann Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fionntan Byrne Patrick O' Hare Uilleann Pipes @Leonard Barry

#piping #uilleannpipes #BelfastPipingTionól #workshops #lecture #lockdownlearning #online #belfasttrad #belfasttradfest #belfast #tradmusic #traditionalmusic William Kennedy Piping Festival Armagh PipersClub

A charity, founded in 1966 to teach and promote Irish traditional music, offering 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 declined sharply but we were now able to enr

Operating as usual

27/11/2021
Christy and Ye Vagabonds among RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners 17/11/2021

Christy and Ye Vagabonds among RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners

Sarah Makem's contribution to our cultural life is honoured.

https://www.rte.ie/culture/2021/1115/1260092-christy-and-ye-vagabonds-among-rte-radio-1-folk-awards-winners/

Christy and Ye Vagabonds among RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners Christy and Ye Vagabonds among RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards winners Updated / Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 23:21 Ye Vagabonds triumph at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards The winners of the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards were announced in Vicar Street tonight and live on RTÉ Radio 1 in a memorable celebration of the very...

DALLA PICCIONAIA: WILLIAM KENNEDY PIPING FESTIVAL 2021 16/11/2021

DALLA PICCIONAIA: WILLIAM KENNEDY PIPING FESTIVAL 2021

A nice boost for the Piping Festival from our Italian friend Sandro. https://ildiapasonblog.wordpress.com/2021/10/30/dalla-piccionaia-william-kennedy-piping-festival-2021/

DALLA PICCIONAIA: WILLIAM KENNEDY PIPING FESTIVAL 2021 WILLIAM KENNEDY PIPING FESTIVAL 2021 Armagh, Co. Armagh, Ireland 18 – 21 novembre 2021 di alessandro nobis “The William Kennedy Piping Festival returns!”: così inizia il comunicato stampa che annun…

Photos from William Kennedy Piping Festival's post 07/11/2021

Photos from William Kennedy Piping Festival's post

18/10/2021

Armagh's own Brian Finnegan brings news of a very special night in his home town on Friday 10 December, at the Market Place Theatre.

"I've assembled a band, 9 strong, (7 musicians, 2 poets and a street artist) to bring to life through music, poetry and art the album 'HUNGER OF THE SKIN' that was released way back in March. I stalled many times on the idea of a 'virtual' album launch gig, but a combination of playing the magical 'Doolin Sessions' back in September and then the positive momentum lately in the re-opening of live music, meant that finally the stars align and a album launch (of sorts) is what we have.
I would LOVE for you to be in Armagh that night, or, if Donegal is closer to home we'll be doing it all again on Saturday Dec 11th in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Tickets are now on sale for Armagh through the Market Place Theatre box office
https://visitarmagh.com/.../the-market-place-theatre.../
Hope you can join me for one of these nights, it's really you all that hold the key to ignite the magic in live music.
I'll be joined in Armagh by the brilliant Belfast artist, EMIC, poet Morna Finnegan, Seán Óg Graham on guitar, Liam Bradley on drums, Danny Byrt on percussion and drums, Conor McCreanor on bass, Patsy Reid on strings and Paul Dunlea on trombone and a very special guest."

Armagh's own Brian Finnegan brings news of a very special night in his home town on Friday 10 December, at the Market Place Theatre.

"I've assembled a band, 9 strong, (7 musicians, 2 poets and a street artist) to bring to life through music, poetry and art the album 'HUNGER OF THE SKIN' that was released way back in March. I stalled many times on the idea of a 'virtual' album launch gig, but a combination of playing the magical 'Doolin Sessions' back in September and then the positive momentum lately in the re-opening of live music, meant that finally the stars align and a album launch (of sorts) is what we have.
I would LOVE for you to be in Armagh that night, or, if Donegal is closer to home we'll be doing it all again on Saturday Dec 11th in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.
Tickets are now on sale for Armagh through the Market Place Theatre box office
https://visitarmagh.com/.../the-market-place-theatre.../
Hope you can join me for one of these nights, it's really you all that hold the key to ignite the magic in live music.
I'll be joined in Armagh by the brilliant Belfast artist, EMIC, poet Morna Finnegan, Seán Óg Graham on guitar, Liam Bradley on drums, Danny Byrt on percussion and drums, Conor McCreanor on bass, Patsy Reid on strings and Paul Dunlea on trombone and a very special guest."

Armagh PipersClub updated their information in their About section. 16/10/2021

Armagh PipersClub updated their information in their About section.

Armagh PipersClub updated their information in their About section.

15/10/2021

Five weeks to go until the return of the William Kennedy! Ticket sales (exclusively at armaghpipers.com) have so far involved Germany, the USA, the Netherlands, and of course Ireland - from top to bottom, Portstewart to Cork.

Five weeks to go until the return of the William Kennedy! Ticket sales (exclusively at armaghpipers.com) have so far involved Germany, the USA, the Netherlands, and of course Ireland - from top to bottom, Portstewart to Cork.

12/10/2021
03/10/2021

Fiddle player and fiddle maker Paul Bradley, from Bessbrook, now based in Armagh City and a tutor with our Club, features on the RTÉ programme 'Ar an Sliabh' tomorrow, Monday 4 October.

Beidh Paul ag seinm ar a' bhfidil ina cheardlann, ag caint faoi a chéird (déanta na fidleacha), faoin rothaíocht agus ag trácht ar a shaol i sléibhte Chill Mhantáin. (Bhí an clár déanta sular aistrigh sé ar ais go dtí Ard Mhacha.)

Paul will be playing the fiddle that he recently made for the well-known Wexford fiddle player Rory Healy, and will be speaking about his life in the Wicklow Mountains before his return to Armagh: cycling, family, fiddle music and fiddle making.

Fiddle player and fiddle maker Paul Bradley, from Bessbrook, now based in Armagh City and a tutor with our Club, features on the RTÉ programme 'Ar an Sliabh' tomorrow, Monday 4 October.

Beidh Paul ag seinm ar a' bhfidil ina cheardlann, ag caint faoi a chéird (déanta na fidleacha), faoin rothaíocht agus ag trácht ar a shaol i sléibhte Chill Mhantáin. (Bhí an clár déanta sular aistrigh sé ar ais go dtí Ard Mhacha.)

Paul will be playing the fiddle that he recently made for the well-known Wexford fiddle player Rory Healy, and will be speaking about his life in the Wicklow Mountains before his return to Armagh: cycling, family, fiddle music and fiddle making.

21/09/2021

The William Kennedy Piping Festival returns!
After a one-year pause, one of the longest-running international festivals of pipe-based music anywhere in the world is returning to Armagh. The 27th William Kennedy Piping Festival takes place on 18-21 November, and tickets for the concerts, Piping Academy and master classes will be going on sale here shortly. The 2021 Festival will not be like the massive 80-artist events of recent years: it is scaled down to ensure, as far as we can, Covid-safe events, with a back-to-roots emphasis on Irish piping, but a few superb overseas guests. Come back in a few days for a link to ticket sales.

The William Kennedy Piping Festival returns!
After a one-year pause, one of the longest-running international festivals of pipe-based music anywhere in the world is returning to Armagh. The 27th William Kennedy Piping Festival takes place on 18-21 November, and tickets for the concerts, Piping Academy and master classes will be going on sale here shortly. The 2021 Festival will not be like the massive 80-artist events of recent years: it is scaled down to ensure, as far as we can, Covid-safe events, with a back-to-roots emphasis on Irish piping, but a few superb overseas guests. Come back in a few days for a link to ticket sales.

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

28/08/2021

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.

13/07/2021

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.

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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