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.
Features performances from Seán McKeon, Andy May, John McSherry & Francis McElduff, Angus MacKenzie, Mick O'Brien, Anna Murray, Loïc & Ronan Bléjean, Seán Potts, Georgi Makris & Kostas Mougolias, The Goodman Trio, Allan MacDonald, Robbie Hannan, Griff Trio, Síle Friel, Luigi Lai, David Power, Duo Lagrange Rutkowski, Paddy Keenan, Pádraig McGovern, Finlay MacDonald, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Edelmiro Fernández, Ivan Georgiev, Nuallan, Patrick Molard & Alain Genty, Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie, Mikie Smyth, Dr Angus MacDonald, Cillian Vallely, José Manuel Tejedor, Brian McNamara, Olle Gällmo, Louise Mulcahy, Balázs Istvánfi, Eliot Grasso and The Anxo Lorenzo Band
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Pipers Club Classes Return
Registration for the 2018/19 season takes place on Monday 3rd and Monday 10th September at 7pm in Áras na bPíobairí. Classes will commence on Monday 17th September. Tuition fees have been held at the level set in 2014, the only change this year being that attendance at a second class each week now attracts a small extra charge.
Download the 2018/19 version of the Pipers Club Handbook here
Donate to the Pipers Club
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.
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. You can see the Pipers Club performance at the awards ceremony at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p063djpg
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.
RTE recording for St Patrick's Day Broadcast
RTE's Countrywide visited Áras na Píobairí on March 13th to record for their St. Patrick's Day Broadcast. More photos on the Gallery page.
We are delighted to announce a very special event to raise funds for the Armagh Pipers Club. Some of Ireland's leading musicians and singers are coming together at Dublin's Liberty Hall on January 20th 2018 to celebrate the club and support their ongoing efforts in promoting Irish traditional music in Armagh and surrounding areas. The concert will be MC'ed by RTE's Peter Browne and features a stunning line-up including:
Máirtín O'Connor Trio
With a teaching programme for over 200 students every year, and the international profile gained through the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh Ppipers Club is recognised as having made a major contribution to the survival and advancement of our musical heritage. The concert aims to raise a substantial amount towards the Club's core costs: grant income covers only tutoring and some Festival expenses, and all other costs have to be met from Club resources.
Buy Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/armagh-pipers-club-celebrity-concert-tickets-40781914805
Armagh Pipers Club fundraising initiative
Remember the days before online shopping? We're all at it now, whether buying groceries, insurance, office equipment, travel, furniture... Would you like to help Armagh Pipers Club raise more funds for its educational and cultural work - just by shopping online? Well now you can with Give as you Live!
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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.
The production was generously funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Small Grants Programme.
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 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081cl64
Visit the Gallery for photos from the recent Burns night celebrations in Armagh.