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About Belfast Piping Festival
Now there may be a feeling amongst some of the hardened journalists compiling the column inches for their next article, what would they be doing writing about Bag Pipes, sure the Sub Editor would be asking if they were all right, did they need a rest, is this their way of resigning?
Pipe Bands are really not the sexiest thing you can find to fill the column inches and in general we would be first to agree with you But We Want To Change Opinions.
Belfast’s Waterfront Hall will hold its first Piping Festival on Friday 1st March & Saturday 2nd March, drawing together some of the finest pipers from around our homeland and Europe.
The Festival will aim to show piping in all of its forms, from the Highland Bagpipe, to the Irish Uilleann Pipes and on again to the French Bombard.
Each of these instruments has their superstars, as well as mavericks and we think we have invited, for this first festival, a fantastic mix of superstars and mavericks which will excite those who are into pipe music and those who are curious to see and hear these instruments being played by the masters of their craft.
Those who have agreed to take part are:
Fred is one of Piping’s most profoundly skilled and audaciously inventive musicians playing today. Equally at home playing the Highland Bagpipes, the Uilleann Pipes, the Border Pipes, the Low Whistle and more recently the Reel Pipes, Fred has been at the forefront of bringing together the musical styles found in Brittany and North West Spain.
John McSherry is hailed as one of the finest exponents of the Irish Uilleann pipes in the world today. Born in Belfast and coming from a family steeped in traditional music, John focused his energies on the pipes from an early age. By the time he reached fifteen he had two All Ireland Championship titles under his belt. John has played with many of the top traditional bands and artistes over the years most notably in Donal Lunny’s now legendary band “Coolfin”. John has a new album out “The Ollam” available to buy online now.
The Peatbog Faeries
Very few people outside Scotland will have come across The Peatbog Faeries before but this band, who hail from the Isle Of Skye, are one of the most dynamic and innovative bands in the United Kingdom today. It is really hard to put the boys in a pigeon hole and say that’s the type of music they produce but what isn’t hard to pigeon hole is the power, passion and dynamic of their live performances. The Boys hate to have anybody leave the room who hasn’t been on their feet dancing to the music and utterly exhausted doing so.
World Champion Solo Piper, Robert was born in Maghera and began playing the Highland Bagpipes at the age of seven with his local Pipe Band Tamlaght O’Crilly. In 1998 he joined the world famous Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band, where he stayed for three years before turning his attention to the world of solo piping. Since joining the competition ranks of the solo pipers, Robert has travelled the world winning just about every prize there is to be won on route culminating with the World Championship. Robert still travels the world competing but now also passes his immense knowledge of Highland Piping at teaching courses as well.
Duo Lagrange Rutkowski
From Eastern France close to the border with Switzerland, the Duo Lagrange Rutkowski, Gael et Sebastien, offer you traditional music for dancing, largely from the repertoire of the Morvan but also from the Auvergne and Ireland as well as their own original compositions. In the belief that traditional music is not moribund but is evolving through the years thanks to oral communication and today’s modern media they want to share their own music enriched by the experiences and pleasure they have had as they have travelled around the world.