The 29th edition of the Festival takes place on 16-19 November 2023.
Click on highlighted links for more information and bookings.
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). All events listed as “session” are free of charge.
Details of the Mark Donnelly Piping Academy are given on its own page.
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.
10:30pm: Session, Red Ned’s, Ogle Street.
10am: Schools Concert, Armagh First Presbyterian Church, The Mall. Olle Gällmo (Sweden) & Matthias Branschke (Germany); Andy May (Northumberland); Seudan (Scotland); José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias); Maeve O’Donnell. £2 per pupil, staff free. Must be booked through a school or home-school group. NOW SOLD OUT
1:30pm: Session, Aonach Mhacha, Upper English Street, with Olle Gällmo & Matthias Branschke.
3pm: Reed Making Workshop, Áras na bPíobairí. Mainly for Mark Donnelly Piping Academy students, other pipers may attend subject to space. Free.
4:30pm: Session, Red Ned’s, with Angus MacKenzie & Calum MacCrimmon (Scotland), José Manuel Tejedor (Asturias), Olle Gällmo & Matthias Branschke.
5:30pm: Session, The Hole in the Wall, off Market Street, with Maeve O’Donnell, Cillian Vallely, Conor Lamb & Deirdre Galway.
6pm: The William Kennedy Lecture, in Áras na bPíobairí, 43 Scotch Street – NOT Armagh First Presbyterian Church as previously listed. Ceri Rhys Matthews, “To-ing and Fro-ing: The Swansea-Cork Connection – Investigating the movement of copper and tunes between two towns during the Napoleonic era”. Free.
7:30pm: Friday Evening Concert: Armagh 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; Maeve O’Donnell. £12.
10:30pm: Festival Club Session, Armagh City Hotel Fringe Lounge.
10am: Uilleann Pipes workshops, beginners/advanced, Áras na bPíobairí. £10.
10.30am: Junior Session (beginners), Áras na bPíobairí.
1pm: Lunchtime Concert, Primate’s Chapel. Andy May, Olle Gällmo & Matthias Branschke, Adar (Gascony) & Mick O’Brien. £10 – probably SOLD OUT but follow the link for further information.
1:30pm: Lunchtime Session, Aonach Mhacha, Upper English Street, with Mná na bPíob.
1:30pm: Junior Session (intermediate/advanced), Áras na bPíobairí.
1:30pm: Lunchtime Session, The Hole in the Wall, with Leonard Barry & Iain MacFarlane.
2pm: Session, Red Ned’s, with Fin Moore, Seonaidh MacIntyre & Angus Nicolson (Scotland).
4pm: Film screening, Aonach Mhacha: “Dark Horse on the Wind”, a documentary about legendary singer Liam Weldon; directed by Myles O’Reilly. Free.
5pm: Session, The Hole in the Wall, with Adar, Andy May & Loïc Bléjean.
5:30pm: Pipers and their Pipes, Armagh City Hotel: Brian Vallely in conversation with Mick O’Brien.
5:30pm: Session, Red Ned’s, with José Manuel Tejedor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Angus MacKenzie & Calum MacCrimmon.
5:30pm: Singing Session, Aonach Mhacha, with Niall Hanna.
7:30pm: Saturday Evening Concert, Armagh 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 Darren Culliney; Barry & Laura Kerr with Donogh Hennessy; José Manuel Tejedor; Adar. £15.
9:30am: Reed Making Workshop, Áras na bPíobairí. Mainly for Mark Donnelly Piping Academy students, other pipers may attend subject to space. Free.
3pm: Farewell Concert: Armagh City Hotel. Ceri Rhys Matthews & Rick Lines (Wales); Mná na bPíob; Cillian Vallely & Friends; Brendan Murphy, Christopher Russell & Martin Lavelle; Armagh Pipers Club selection, plus mystery guests. £10.
6pm: Final Session, Red Ned’s.
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.