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William Kennedy Piping Festival

The William Kennedy Piping Festival celebrates the life and work of William Kennedy, the 18th century piper, pipe maker and inventor who was born in 1768 near Banbridge and died in 1834 in Tandragee, County Armagh. This Festival, originally conceived to bring together pipers from different countries and traditions, 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. The festival is organised by Armagh pipers Club which was founded in 1966 and has been to the forefront of traditional music not just on a local scale but worldwide through publications and a teaching programme.

Some photos from the 2009 Festival, taken by Pete Heywood, will give you some idea of the range or events:

Festival Website: The William Kennedy Piping Festival