Mark Donnelly Piping Academy

Photos from the Mark Donnelly Piping Acadamey featuring tutors Mick O'Brien and Brian McNamara with the students. More Photos here

Pipers Club Annual Concert

Photos from the Pipers Club Annual Concert at the Market Place Theatre. More Photos here

50th Anniversary Concert at Celtic Connections

The 50th Anniversary Concert at Celtic Connections on January 20th got the 1966/2016 Year of club celebration off to an International start with a memorable series of performances by members past and present before a huge audience packed into the Old Fruitmarket concert venue in Glasgow. Armagh Pipers Club led groups such as Lunasa, Flook and Buille were joined by a galaxy of virtuosi performers such as Jarlath Henderson and Tiarnan O Duinnchinn on uilleann pipes, Jarlath also sang, Leo McCann accordion, Barry Kerr guitar, flute and vocals, Niall Murphy fiddle who were joined by three current club members Méabh Smyth and Mairead Mitchell on fiddles and Eoin Murphy accordion. With the three groups performing as the concert catalysts, joined from time to time by the various soloists, a wonderful constantly changing and innovative performance unfolded as the night went on. The stage was dominated by a huge screen charting the development of the club over the past 50 years in images of young musicians beginning their music careers as 7 or 8 year olds right through to seeing some of them performing decades later that night on the stage. It was a night of celebration too for the many current and past members and parents who travelled from all over Ireland and Britain to the concert – a night tinged with nostalgia and sadness as well as images of deceased members appeared on screen in happier days.

More Photos here. Thanks to Louis deCarlo for the photos.

Burns Night

The Charlemont Hotel was the venue for the second year in a row for a very successful Burns Night – even better than last year was the general comment afterwards. Following the traditional haggis, neeps & tatties piped in by Jim Hanna and toasted by Kevin Daly, the capacity crowd were treated to a varied programme of Scottish music, song and dance. Dermot Mulholland did a superb job with sound and general organisation on the night as well as finding time and energy to sing a bar or two. Colleen Connolly organised everyone for the Scottish Ceili dances which everyone enjoyed and the night came to a close with the traditional Burns anthem Auld Lang Sang.

January Session

February which sees the start of rehearsals for the annual concert got off to a rousing opening session with a great array of talent throughout both parts of the night. Clean Slate TV crew were there under the direction of producer Lynette Fay to record and gather material for the 50th Anniversary 3 Part documentary to be screened later in the year.

Scots Fiddle Festival

‘Strings Attached’ our new and up and coming strings band made their International debut last week when they travelled to Edinburgh at the invitation of the organisers of the World renowned ‘SCOTS FIDDLE FESTIVAL’. The group under the direction of fiddle tutor Emmet Mulholland made a highly acclaimed debut with lots of feedback including a comment from Festival organiser Eilidh Steel ‘they were fantastic’. Many thanks to Emmet Mulholland, Thomas Smyth, and Sally Walmsley who looked after the group on the trip over!