The Club ended its 2019-20 education and artistic programme with a live stream on Facebook of its Virtual Song Trail of Armagh. This extraordinary video performance by many of our young musicians and singers is an hour-long concert including solos, duets, small groups and a mosaic of synchronised singers. The Club’s director of music, Eithne Vallely, introduces each piece with a few words about the place, the people and the musicians.
There are many locations in and around Armagh City that are recalled in songs and tunes. In 2017, an Arts Council-funded Pipers Club project gathered together 41 traditional songs in a book, By Dobbin’s Flowery Vale, and it was launched along with two CDs of APC students and tutors performing every song.
In 2018, to wind up the Heritage Lottery-funded Musical Footsteps project, a more focussed booklet was produced for a walking tour of the city taking in many locations that either featured directly in songs or contained some allusion to the subject of a song. This Armagh Song Trail went live only once, during the William Kennedy Piping Festival, when young singers and musicians from the Club led guests from the Áras uphill to the Cathedral, down to the Mall and back to base, stopping for songs along the way.