William Kennedy Piping Festival of Armagh

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Country and Region United KingdomNorthern Ireland
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland UK
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William Kennedy Piping Festival
Armagh Pipers Club
14 Victoria Street
Armagh, County Armagh
BT61 9DT Northern Ireland UK
Phone: (44) 28-37511248, or (44) 28-37511249
Fax: (44) 2-37511248
Email: info@wkpf.org

Festival Description

The Armagh Pipers Club's William Kennedy Piping Festival takes place each November at various venues across Armagh City. The program features return visits from some of our favorite artists from throughout the years as well as host of new faces from the vibrant and diverse world of piping. What began as a small gathering of keen aficionados in the Drumsill House Hotel in 1994 has blossomed into one of the biggest and most important events of its kind in the world. Over the past 15 years the festival has not only presented the best of piping from Ireland and Scotland but has also welcomed guests from every corner of Europe – from the Iberian peninsula to the Mediterranean countries, from the Balkans to Central and Eastern Europe and from further north in Scandinavia to the different regions of England and Wales. The festival has also ventured further afield playing host to the exoticism of Algerian and Iranian music, as well as welcoming pipers from Canada, U.S.A. and Australia. Over the years the festival has played host to performances from such luminaries as The Chieftains, Altan, Davy Spillane, Paddy Keenan, Gordon Duncan, Capercaillie, Fred Morrison, Carlos Nuñez, Kathryn Tickell, and The Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band.

Festival Dates November 14 - 17, 2013
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Festival Story:

Festival celebrates the life and work of William Kennedy, the 18th century piper, pipe maker and inventor who was born in 1768. This Festival, originally was conceived to bring together pipers from different countries and traditions, and was the first of its kind anywhere in Northern Europe. To date the event has brought pipers from Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Belarus, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, and Wales as well as the cream of Irish pipers to Armagh.


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