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16 Nov 2006 00:00 - 19 Nov 2006 00:00

13th William Kenedy Piping Festival – Armagh

William Kennedy Piping Festival started in 1994 to celebrate the memory of the blind 18 th pipe maker from Tandragee, Co. Armagh. It has grown to become one of the most famous and prestigious festivals of its kind in the world. As well as formal concerts there will be workshops for all instruments, lectures, films, sessions and much more. Programme includes a special celebration of Czech music and culture featuring master pipers Josef Moltas and Martin Berka.


Czech highlights


Josef Moltas and Martin Berka



16/11/06 - 4pm - Armagh County Museum
17/11/06 - 11am - The Market Place
19/11/06 - 1pm - The Market Place


Martin Berka comes from Strakonice, known as the town of bagpipers. He played first with the Music School Band and later on travelled widely with Prachenacek Pipe Band. Now he mostly plays the folklore repertoire from the Southwest Bohemian Region and Czech - German border area with The Sumava Bagpipe Band. Since 1994 he regularly participates in International Bagpipe Festival in Strakonice.


Josef Moltas began to play the pipes as a child and frequently performed with Children’s Pipe Music at the Strakonice Festival. Since 1996 he has played as a soloist, often collaborating with Posumavska Pipe Music. He also plays guitar and flute. He lives in Strakonice and works as a doctor in a local hospital.


Together they will play folk music from all over the Czech Republic.


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Czech afternoon

The Market Place - 2pm

Admission: Free

An afternoon of discussion, music and film on the Czech piping tradition featuring performances from Neil Smith, Josef Moltas and Martin Berka and screening of a new film - “Call of Dudy”. This will be followed by a Czech beer reception. This event is sponsored by Czech Airlines and the Czech Centre, London.



For full line-up, ticket information and everything else please visit:


Or email  at   info@wkpf.org

Or phone at +44 (0)28 37511248



30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 16 Nov 2006 00:00
To: 19 Nov 2006 00:00


William Kenedy Piping Festival

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