William Kennedy Piping Academy

The William Kennedy Piping Academy has become a popular feature of the Festival. It aims to bring a new dimension to the teaching and appreciation of uilleann piping through a comprehensive and immersive tutorial programme, covering all aspects of performance as well as the making and maintenance of uilleann pipes under the direction of universally respected tutors.

The Academy is designed for musicians over the age of 18.  Students under 18 will be considered with parental consent and on a case by case basis.
The course is designed for those who have a good grasp of uilleann pipes already – intermediate to advanced students only. Students should be comfortable learning by ear. Ideally students will also be able to read and write music, but this is less important. A sound recording device can be used by students in classes.
We hope to create a friendly and supportive environment for learning, but it is up to the individual to ensure they turn up to classes, meals and events in time and make full use of the unique opportunities the Academy provides.

Participation on the course is by online application only at this link.

The course in 2021 costs just £65, a substantial reduction on previous years as we no longer expect  participants to attend communal meals. The programme includes the following:

ACADEMY TUITION – 8 hours tuition divided into 4 x 2 hour sessions. This year’s tutors are Pádraig McGovern, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Cillian Vallely, Mikie Smyth, Emer Mayock, Louise Mulcahy and Mick O’Brien

PIPE MAKING & MAINTENANCE CLASS – including one-to-one advice and tuition in our dedicated uilleann pipe workshop with pipemaker Éamonn Curran.

FESTIVAL PASS – Free entry to all ticketed Festival concerts over the weekend.