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

BBC documentary on Armagh Pipers Club

The three-part BBC documentary on the history and legacy of the Pipers Club is to repeated beginning on Monday 30th January at 10pm on BBC2. More details here -

Burns Night 2017

Visit the Gallery for photos from the recent Burns night celebrations in Armagh.

50th Anniversary Gala Concert Photos

Visit the Gallery for photos from the Pipers Club 50th Anniversary Gala Concert held at the Market Place Theatre on May 14th.

Blas Festival

Members of the Pipers Club are travelling to Scotland to perform at the Blas Festival in Broadford Village Hall on September 9th.

Piping Live 2016

Members of the Pipers Club made their annual visit to Glasgow's Piping Live Festival. Visit the Gallery for more photos.

Fiddlers Green

Brian and Eithne Vallely were recently awarded the prestigious Fiddler's Green Hall of Fame Award. Members of the Pipers Club performed at the Festival in Rostrevor to celebrate the occasion. Visit the Gallery for more photos.

Gala Concert to celebrate 50th Anniversary

Within the last year Armagh Pipers Club became centre stage of world music with the link-up between former pupils and world famous groups like that of Bruce Springsteen and Hozier. The appearance of Alana Henderson performing with Hozier and Cillian Vallely with Springsteen was a development that could not have been imagined 50 years ago when the club was established. This development is a measure of the status now accorded the music and those who play it. When in 1966 a small group of people came together with the intention of promoting the playing of the uilleann pipes then just hanging onto survival, a Bruce Springsteen selecting an uilleann piper to play on his most recent CD couldn’t haven’t been predicted or imagined. In 1966 inspired by the Dublin Pipers Club it was decided to form an Armagh Pipers Club. Today 50 years later the Armagh Pipers Club is a world renowned academy of excellence in the teaching of traditional music. The publication in 1972 of the first of the pioneering Armagh Pipers Club tutor books which eventually found their way all over the world was a landmark in the development of traditional music not just in Armagh but worldwide. Thousands of young musicians have begun their music careers with these books which continue to be reprinted alongside a steady stream of new books accompanied by CD recordings of the tunes. The 50th ANNIVERSARY GALA CONCERT will take place on May 14th in the Marketplace Theatre Armagh with performances by 60 musicians representing the last 5 decades of the club. Many of these musicians whose careers began in the weekly classes of the club have well established reputations and through their numerous recordings and original compositions have a worldwide following. The Concert will focus on instrumental and singing groups performing both the traditional music of the area and the newer compositions by both members of the Armagh Pipers Club such as Brian Finnegan and Niall Vallely as well as distinguished Armagh composers from an earlier generation such as Brendan McGlinchey and Josephine Keegan. All the performers at the concert on May 14th are either current or former members with many of the teaching staff leading the various groups. Buy tickets here.
VISUAL BACK-DROP It is planned to have a visual history of the club through projected images on a huge backdrop at the concert. This will feature some of the generations of musicians who have passed through the club from its foundation to the present day.
YEAR LONG CELEBRATION The 50th Anniversary celebration started on January 20th in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections festival and continued on March 13th with the 50th Annual Concert. The May 14th Concert which will be televised for BBC will be the third major concert this year and further celebratory events are planned for later on in the year with a Gala Dinner and the William Kennedy Piping Festival.