The William Kennedy Piping Festival is looking very enticing this year.

The dark nights of November are lightened by the musical fireworks of pipers and other musicians from all over the globe, and the cold dissipates in the warmth of the welcome in what is, almost literally, a family affair in the heart of Armagh.

Held every Autumn, the festival features not just Celtic pipers as you would expect, but it gathers practitioners from all over Europe.

Friday night, November 12 will be a blinder with two stages set up in the City Hotel in Armagh, with a line-up to die for.

Stage 1 will feature the John McSherry Band, Cran, Breabach from Scotland, French fusion trio Goat System and Milish from the USA.

Topping the bill on Stage 2 will be Gaelic superstar Julie Fowlis with hubby Eamon Doorley, Réalta, Barry Kerr and Ioscaid as well as acts from Galicia, Portugal, England, Belgium and Greece.

As well as the big concerts, the long weekend from 11-14 November is full of sessions, recitals, classes and much more and there’s always a great, friendly atmosphere at the William Kennedy so check out the details at www.wkpf.org or www.armaghpipers.org/wkpf/en/festival/index.html

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