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Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Vol. 2

by Various Artists

A compilation of live recordings from the most prestigious piping festival in the world featuring performances from some of the best exponents of the bagpipe from all of the main traditions.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Maid on the Green / The Humours of Glin (Live)
Seán McKeon
3:24 $0.99
2. Earl Grey / Xyz / The Quayside (Live)
Andy May
3:26 $0.99
3. Son Ar Rost / Song of the Chanter / The Foxhunters / James Kelly's / The Limestone Rock (Live)
John McSherry & Francis McIlduff
5:25 $0.99
4. Paul K's Strathspey / The Rothiemurchas Rant / Se Mo Ghaol an Gille Dubh / Mutt's Favourite / The Stone Frigate (Live)
Angus MacKenzie
5:35 $0.99
5. The Downfall of Paris (Live)
Mick O'Brien
4:19 $0.99
6. Lady in the Bottle / Old Hag You Have Killed Me / Price of the Pig (Live)
Anna Murray
3:05 $0.99
7. Rond De Loudeac (Live)
Loïc Bléjean & Ronan Bléjean
5:45 $0.99
8. Bean Dubh an Ghleanna / The Flogging Reel (Live)
Seán Potts
3:21 $0.99
9. Improvisation (Live)
Georgi Makris & Kostas Mougolias
2:35 $0.99
10. An Róguire Dubh / Airgiod Caillighe (Live) [feat. Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock & Aoife Ní Bhriain]
The Goodman Trio
3:58 $0.99
11. Fhir A' Chìnn Duibh / Cumha Na Cloinne (Live)
Allan MacDonald
5:00 $0.99
12. The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee / Sergeant Early’s Jig (Live)
Robbie Hannan
3:09 $0.99
13. Solstice / Salut À La Compagnie / Flemish Christmas Carol (Live) [feat. Rémi Decker, Raphaël De Cock & Birgit Bornauw]
Griff Trio
4:22 $0.99
14. The Repeal of the Union / Jenny’s Wedding (Live)
Síle Friel
3:10 $0.99
15. A Sant'efisio / Ballu Seriu / Fiorassiu Froriu (Live)
Luigi Lai
7:59 $0.99
16. Gol Na Mban San Ár (Live)
David Power
7:02 $0.99
17. La Neracoise / La Tricotada (Live) [feat. Sébastien Lagrange & Gaël Rutkowski]
Duo Lagrange Rutkowski
2:45 $0.99
18. The Broken Pledge / The Skylark / The Bucks of Oranmore (Live)
Paddy Keenan
3:55 $0.99
19. The Drunken Gauger / St. Sinneach’s March (Live)
Pádraig McGovern
4:14 $0.99
20. The Manchester Hornpipe / The Old Woman's Dance / The Humours of Ballyloughlin / The Kitchen Maid (Live)
Finlay MacDonald
4:18 $0.99
21. Róise Mhór / The Heathery Breeze (Live)
Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn
2:27 $0.99
22. Soño De Papuxa (Live)
Edelmiro Fernández
2:36 $0.99
23. Бавна Мелодия И Ръченица (Bavna Melodia I Rachenica) [Live]
Ivan Georgiev
5:53 $0.99
24. Eas Na Caora Duibh / Buain Na Ràinich /Duncan Johnstone / The Ferryman / The Inverside Reel (Live) [feat. Kenneth MacKenzie, Kevin Dugas, Keith MacDonald & Mac Morin]
4:51 $0.99
25. Breton Gavottes (Live)
Patrick Molard & Alain Genty
4:38 $0.99
26. Jim Tweedie’s Sea Legs / Iain Ruadh / Thunderstruck / Angus Thing / Limestone Rock (Live)
Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie
5:46 $0.99
27. The Miller of Glanmire / Bean Pháidín (Live)
Mikie Smyth
3:16 $0.99
28. Pearlin’ Peggie’s Bonny / Dhanns I Leam a Mhaighdeann Bhrèagha / The South Uist Golf Club / Over the Isles to America (Live)
Dr. Angus MacDonald
4:28 $0.99
29. An Bonnan Buí / The Job of Journeywork / Gorman’s (Live)
Cillian Vallely
5:26 $0.99
30. Marcha De La Llibertá / Pericote De Llanes / Saltón (Live)
José Manuel Tejedor
5:46 $0.99
31. Cath Chnoc Na Ndos (Live)
Brian McNamara
6:28 $0.99
32. Lördagsvisa (Live)
Olle Gällmo
2:48 $0.99
33. The Boy on the Hilltop / The Merry Harriers / The Five Mile Chase (Live)
Louise Mulcahy
3:19 $0.99
34. Árva-Kút / Rókatánc / Fillár Kata (Live)
Balázs Istvánfi
3:41 $0.99
35. Did You Wash Your Father’s Shirt? / The Dublin Lads / Biddy from Muckross (Live)
Eliot Grasso
3:00 $0.99
36. The Humours of Tulla / The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Society Welcome to the Shetland Islands / Alick C. MacGregor / The Antrim Rose (Live) [feat. Anxo Lorenzo, Eoghan Neff, Xosé Liz de Cea, Álvaro Iglesias & Luis Peixoto]
The Anxo Lorenzo Band
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The first William Kennedy Piping Festival was organised in 1994 by Brian Vallely, the director and founder of Armagh Pipers Club. The Festival was named in honour of the blind craftsman from Tandragee who greatly improved the design and functioning of the uilleann pipes. It was originally intended to be a one-off celebration in the context of a year-long Armagh City Council initiative entitled ‘Armagh Together’, but such was the reaction it was decided to make it an annual event. Featured pipers that first year were Allan MacDonald, John Rooney, Brendan Ring, Hamish Moore, Fred Morrison and Diarmaid Moynihan as well as members of Armagh Pipers Club.

The Festival has steadily grown in stature and reputation since then and is now regarded as one of the most prestigious of its kind, having hosted some of the most highly regarded and influential pipers and groups from all of the main piping traditions from across the globe. The release of this CD marks the 25th edition of the Festival and also the 250th anniversary of William Kennedy’s birth. This compilation is respectfully dedicated to him and to the pipemakers of later generations.

This collection is not an attempt at cataloguing the vast world of the bagpipe in all its guises but rather a snapshot of our festival. As such, our own biases and preferences are very much reflected in the choice of material. Our goal has always been to try and place our own music in the context of the broader piping world and to challenge stereotypical views of piping and traditional music in general. We hope this compilation reflects this and also helps recreate some of the electric atmosphere of those special nights!

Armagh Pipers Club
Armagh Pipers Club was founded in 1966 with the aim of promoting interest in the uilleann pipes. The club rapidly expanded to include other instruments and through weekly classes and a groundbreaking series of tutor books they have succeeded in introducing traditional music to thousands of children and adults. It has now become one of the largest traditional music teaching centres in Ireland and currently offers up to 50 classes per week across a wide range of instruments to over 200 students, drawn from Armagh and seven neighbouring counties.

Irish Traditional Music Archive
When Armagh Pipers Club inaugurated the William Kennedy Piping Festival in 1994, the guest speaker was Nicolas Carolan, founding Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. The Archive, then in its infancy, had recently begun field work activity, so it was suggested by Nicholas that they return to record events the following year. The Festival organisers agreed, and Nicholas along with Glenn Cumiskey arrived at Drumsill House Hotel in 1995 to begin the recording and cataloguing of the Festival which has continued to this day. They have built up an incredible resource of material and their continued attendance and endorsement serves as an important validation of our efforts.
We would like to thank all of the ITMA Field recording staff for their work in collecting this material over the years. Following on from Nicholas and Glenn were Jackie Small, Orla Henihan, Treasa Harkin, Niall Hackett, Mícheál Ó Catháin, Eoghan Neff, Danny Diamond, Brian Doyle, Joan McDermott, Ian Lynch, Piaras Hoban and Alan Woods.

The material here was recorded between 2003 and 2017. Music from the earlier years was featured on our previous collection – WKPFCD001 – released in 2004. The performances are all 100% live with minimal editing. They were recorded in different venues with sometimes vastly different acoustic properties resulting in sound variation between some of the tracks.



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