William Kennedy Piping Festival

The 27th William Kennedy Piping Festival takes place in Armagh from 18-21 November 2021. 

Book for all events here. Please note that there are no physical tickets – when you book, your name goes onto a list at your event(s). 

The WKPF is an international festival of mainly bagpipe-based traditional music. Organised as a one-off event by Armagh Pipers Club in 1994, as part of a cross-community “Armagh Together” series of events, the Festival was such a success that it was reprised in 1995, and then became a regular annual fixture. A total of 26 festivals took place up to 2019, drawing into Armagh a vast array of internationally renowned musicians, and aficionados from all over the world. It is one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in the world of piping.

The Festival had to take a break in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but is returning in 2021 – on a smaller scale than in recent years, to ensure public safety. There are three main concerts, an intensive piping academy, workshops and events for schools.  See the full programme for details. Please note that audience numbers are restricted this year, so early booking is advised. Buying online means that we will have your details if needed for contact tracing; it will be possible to pay at the door but you will have to provide contact details.  

William Kennedy, after whom the Festival is named, was a blind craftsman from Tandragee, near Armagh, who lived from 1768 to 1834. He made several important innovations in the design of uilleann pipes. His biography forms a chapter of The William Kennedy Lectures, a collection of 19 essays based on lectures presented during the first 25 Festivals. The book can be ordered from our online shop.