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Be blown away in Westport this weekend at Pipe Versity XVI

Friday, 25th November, 2016 5:28pm
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Be blown away in Westport this weekend at Pipe Versity XVI

The Clew Bay Pipe Band on stage with Matt Molloy.

Be blown away in Westport this weekend at Pipe Versity XVI

The Clew Bay Pipe Band on stage with Matt Molloy.

THIS weekend, the Clew Bay Pipe Band, proudly sponsored by Westnet, are delighted to present Pipe Versity XVI at Westport Town Hall Theatre, starting at 8 p.m.

The show, taking place over the next two evenings (Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26) at 8 p.m., will feature a variety of special guests, such as Mundy, Dan Delaney, Drama Code, Joanne Keegan, Sacred Heart School Choir and the Cresham Dancers.

The Clew Bay Pipe Band comprises of 40 members, with an almost equal mix of male, female, children and adults. Reluctant when it comes to the spotlight, the band owes its origins to two sons of Achill, a place where the tradition of piping makes it almost an innate talent, and practically a birthright.

Des Cafferkey and Peter Carney are the brains behind the legendary band, with both playing multiple key roles both on and off the stage. Des acts as Pipe Major, musical director and senior instrumentalist, while Peter, though a relative newcomer to the instrument, is Pipe Sergeant and coordinates the behind the scenes work and logistics for the group.

The band came into fruition from some idle talk on St. Patrick’s Day 2010, and with advice along the way from friends and family, and financial support from the South West Mayo Development Company, Mayo County Council and Westport Town Council, the group evolved into the the hugely popular band you see today.

Having shared the stage with many famous singers and musicians over their time, from Imelda May at Vicar Street to The Chieftains at the Westport Music Festival and recording with Matt Molloy, it is no surprise that the Pipe Versity XVI will also showcase many other talented artists from a diverse array of genres.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a unique showcase of Irish musical talent. Adult tickets are €20 while OAP and children's tickets are only €10. A limited number of tickets are available from the Westport Town Hall box office on (098) 28459 or at www.westporttheatre.com.


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