The 29th edition of the Festival takes place on 16-19 November 2023.

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Please note that physical tickets will not be issued – anyone who books in advance will have their name on a list at the door of their event(s). 

The dates of the Festival are definite but some details of the programme below may change. Pub sessions, the William Kennedy Lecture and workshops will be listed once the arrangements have been made, along with timings for the Mark Donnelly Piping Academy. The admission prices shown below are based on anticipated grant income: if there is a shortfall and it becomes necessary to raise the prices, any purchases already made will be honoured. 

Thursday 16th

5.30pm: Festival launch: a reception at the Primate’s Palace, Armagh, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Margaret Tinsley. By invitation.

7.30pm: Welcome Concert: Áras na bPíobairí, 43 Scotch Street: Olle Gällmo (Sweden) & Matthias Branschke (Germany); Andy May (Northumberland); Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn & Brendan Murphy; José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias). £10 – limited capacity so advance booking recommended.

Friday 17th

10am: Schools Concert, Armagh First Presbyterian Church, The Mall. 

7.30pm: Friday Evening ConcertArmagh First Presbyterian Church, The Mall. Mná na Píob: Máire Ní Ghráda, Mary Mitchell-Ingoldsby & Rosaleen O’Leary; Seudan (Scotland); Gay McKeon, Paddy Glackin & Mary Corcoran; Adar (Gascony)£12

Saturday 18th

1pm: Lunchtime Concert, Primate’s Chapel. Andy May (Northumberland); Olle Gällmo (Sweden) & Matthias Branschke (Germany); Adar (Gascony); Mick O’Brien. £10 

4pm: Film screening: Aonach Mhacha, English Street. “Dark Horse on the Wind”, a documentary about legendary singer Liam Weldon; directed by Myles O’Reilly. Free

7.30pm: Saturday Evening ConcertArmagh City Hotel. Réalta; “We’re a Case the Bunch of Us”: Allan MacDonald, Finlay MacDonald, Ali Hutton, Iain MacFarlane & Leonard Barry; Méabh, Annie & Aoife Smyth with Marty Barry; Barry & Laura Kerr with Donogh Hennessy; José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias). £15

Sunday 19th

3pm: Farewell ConcertArmagh City Hotel. Robert Watt; Maeve O’Donnell; Armagh Pipers Club plus mystery guests. £10

FESTIVAL PASS – admission to all five public concerts for £45 – saving £12

A full refund will be provided to anyone unable to attend because they have Covid symptoms or are isolating.