Many got their first taste of The Clew Bay Pipe Band when they played at the Festival as a supporting act, with Matt Molloy and The Chieftains’ in 2012. Last year they performed their own unique show ‘Pipe-Versity’ on The Marquee Stage and welcomed Mundy, Damien Dempsey and Matt Molloy as guest musicians. Their show was full of energy and enthusiasm and kept audiences of all ages captivated from start to finish, as it blended traditional Irish pipe music and ballads with modern contemporary rock and was heralded by many on social media as the highlight of last years festival. One of the exclusive factors that made this event so spectacular and so special, is the fact that Clew Bay Pipe Band is comprised mainly of exceptionally talented school-going children and teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18. The band recently recorded with Matt Molloy for his upcoming solo album. Their most recent Pipe - Versity concert in November \\"sold out\\" 2 weeks in advance of performance . As a result of the show’s incredible success The Clew Bay Pipe Band have been invited to perform their ever evolving and growing ‘Pipe-Versity’ show on the main stage at the 2014 festival. As always, The Clew Bay Pipe Band will present an incredible, unique and entertaining show, that fuses both old style and contemporary music with strength and passion. Their musical director and Pipe Major Des Cafferkey and the Pipe Sergeant Peter Carney, will once again be leading the charge for ‘Pipe-Versity’ in June, 2014. It's a show not to be missed !
2014 saw The Westport Festival of Music and Food feature The Clew Bay Pipe Band again, this time on the main stage. Mundy and Matt Molly returned as guest artists. Mundy gave an outstanding performance as he brought life back to old The Rolling Stones hit ‘Dead Flowers’. Matt Molloy shared the stage with the band by playing one of Des’s recent compositions ‘Mick Fadian’s March’, from his new album ‘Trad with a Twist’. The band were also delighted to welcome Pete Williams from Dexy’s Midnight Runners to sing the ballad ‘Mull of Kintyre’, written and made famous by Paul McCartney. The band’s resident singer Matt Rowley, got the crowd up standing when he launched into the rock medley ‘Stayin’ Alive, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. The pipe band added an unexpected but yet innovative arrangement that complimented the rock medley.