Programme

The 27th edition of the Festival takes place on 18-21 November 2021.

Click on highlighted links for more information and bookings, or see all booking options here.

Please note that tickets will not be issued – anyone who books in advance will be on a list at the door of their event(s).  If you have not booked, you should arrive early to allow time for the collection of contact tracing details.  

Thursday 18th

School concerts 

6pm: Festival launch: a reception at the Primate’s Palace hosted by the Lord Mayor, Alderman Glenn Barr

7.30pm onwards: session in Red Ned’s

Friday 19th

School concerts 

4pm: session in Red Ned’s

5pm: session in The Hole in the Wall

6pm: The William Kennedy Lecture: Áras na bPíobairí, 43 Scotch Street. A Celebration of Women in Uilleann Piping, 1800s-1900s, by Louise Mulcahy. Free. 

8pm: Festival Concert 1: Armagh First Presbyterian Church, The Mall. Featuring Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Laoise Kelly; Pádraig McGovern; Mike Katz (Scotland), and José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias). Admission by voluntary donation, suggested level: £12.

Saturday 20th

9.30am: First day of Piping Academy, Armagh City Hotel. Tutors: Pádraig McGovern, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Cillian Vallely, Emer Mayock, Mikie Smyth, Louise Mulcahy, Mick O’Brien. The Academy features 4 x 2-hour workshops, a pipe maintenance workshop, and entry to all three Festival Concerts. Cost: £65.

11am: Áras na bPíobairí, 43 Scotch Street: Singing workshop with Diane CannonFiddle workshop with Aoife Ní BhriainUilleann pipes workshop with Éamonn Curran: all cost £12.

2pm, Áras: Harp workshop with Laoise KellyAccordion workshop with Damien McKee: cost £12.

5pm: Festival Concert 2: Armagh First Presbyterian Church, The Mall. Featuring the Goodman Trio – Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain; Sébastien Lagrange and Quentin Millet (Morvan); Diane Cannon, and Alana MacInnes (Scotland). Admission by voluntary donation, suggested level: £12.

Sunday 21st

10am: Piping Academy continues in City Hotel

3.30pm: Festival Concert 3: Armagh City Hotel Fringe Lounge. Featuring Louise Mulcahy, Mikie Smyth and Cillian Vallely, with an Armagh Pipers Club ensemble led by Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Éamonn Curran. Admission£12.

FESTIVAL PASS – all three Concerts for £27

Please note that the number of places for each event is limited to avoid overcrowding. A full refund will be provided to anyone unable to attend because they have Covid symptoms or are isolating.