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Tradfest '18 Temple Bar, Dublin


Sat 27th & Sun 28th January
Streets of Temple Bar

The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached a huge international audience when it performed the German National Anthem at the European Qualifier in 2013 at The Aviva Stadium to an audience of over 75 million. It was the first time the German National Anthem was performed on bagpipes and went viral across Germany the next day. In early 2015 ‘Tears of Clew Bay’ by Imelda May and The Clew Bay Pipe Band reached number 4 in the Irish Charts. The band performed with Imelda at her sell out shows in Vicar Street, The Marquee Cork and The 3 Arena along with special guest Jeff Beck. Voted ‘Best Act’ at the Westport Festival of Music and Food, audiences have raved about their ‘Pipe Versity Show’! A big hit with the crowd at TradFest 2017, we’re delighted to have them back on the streets of Temple Bar once again.

Official Launch Of Our CD "PIPE VERSITY - Live at Westport Town Hall Theater"


Friday 29th of December 2017
Matt Molloy's Yard Bar from 8pm

For the past few years fans of the Clew Bay Pipe Band have waited for their first CD.

Featuring Matt Molloy, Mundy, Joanne Keegan, Dan Delaney, Drama Code and the Sacred Heart School Girl’s Choir, the CD is a revelation. Having received huge acclaim recently from internationally renowned musicians and artist Sarah Blakey, this CD is a must for your collection. Featuring such classics as Flower of Scotland, Tears of Clew Bay, Mull of Kintyre and Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones) along with beautifully arranged Piping and Drumming Sets this CD is guaranteed to wow listeners of all ages.

Matt Molloy’s Yard bar was full to capacity at the recent launch of their CD ‘Pipe Versity Live’. The band had the entire audience enthralled as they rocked the venue for the hour long launch.
Recorded live by Clew Bay Pipe Band Recording studios at Westport Town Hall Theatre and engineered, mixed and mastered by Bart de Boer and Dave O Regan, this CD is testimony as to how this band has revolutionised Piping and Drumming in Ireland in the past 6 years.
CDs are available to buy from Westport Town Hall Theatre, McLoughlin’s Bookshop, Christy’s Harvest or via the bands Facebook page. 

Pipe Versity XVII

Westport Town Hall Theatre 24th / 25th November 2017

Sincere thanks to all of you who supported us at our recent sell put concerts in Westport Town Hall Theatre. We had 2 fantastic nights ......probably the best nights ever ! Thank you for all your compliments and good wishes
Our thanks to John Blakey, Artist and Director of Cootehill Arts Festival for his lovely review of our concert. He attended his first Pipe Versity Concert on Saturday 25th . See below
Date for your diary : We will officially launch our CD, Pipe Versity..... live at Westport Town Hall Theatre , on Friday 29th of December in Matt Molloy's Yard Bar from 8pm - 9pm. Hope to see you there. All very welcome
In the meantime , if you wish to purchase a CD in advance of the launch , you may contact us on .
CDs will also be on sale in Westport Town Hall Theatre and Down Town Records in the coming week.

Review Of Pipe Versity XVII

By John Blakey

I came to Westport Town Hall Theatre with slight trepidation, hoping that the show to launch their new CD, would measure up to the brilliant and remarkable performance Clew Bay Pipe Band gave for the Rescue 116 Memorial Concert in Cavan back in August. It had been such an emotional time that I thought that it was an impossible task. I need not have worried.

Clew Bay Pipe band have such an easy and natural connection with their audiences, that they are on a winner straight away, and if you have never heard them live, nothing prepares you for raw power that sweeps you away, as they begin to play en masse. It is quite literally breathtaking. I was also concerned that this may not translate on to a CD recording, but again I was wrong; just turn your CD player as loud as it will go, and don't worry about the neighbours.

Marvelous stuff. Tears of Clew Bay is a prime example of this, which was beautifully and sensitively sung by Joanne Keegan.

Peter Carney and Des Cafferkey are excellent front men and deserve a late night show of their own on RTE. They are engaging and at times very funny, making sure that the show never loses momentum, and that everyone feels part of the whole event.

I have spoken to many people about the band, in fact people were not sure when buying tickets, certainly for the Rescue 116 Memorial Concert, if they could sit through two hours of bagpipes. Ray D'Arcy was one; he like many others was astonished by them, many saying that it had been the very best concert that they had ever been to. Their fusion of rock, popular music and traditional music works perfectly and is joyous. Lead singer Matt Rowley really knows how to rock!

I do not want to appear sycophantic, but Ireland has a new national treasure. I am confident that they will be sought after worldwide, just as are the Chieftains' ( Matt Molloy has been a great supporter of them ). It will be a case, however, of choosing the correct material to perform and working with the best artists.

The band will have difficulties to surmount, as there are so many performers (forty or more plus technicians) and logistically, getting them around and accommodating them is always going to be a problem, but larger orchestras and other shows manage, so I look forward with interest, the opportunities that will inevitably present themselves.

Rescue 116 Memorial Concert 

Cootehill County Cavan Friday August 25th 2017 

The Clew Bay Pipe Band were central to the Rescue 116 Memorial Concert, held in Cootehill Friday August 25th. The sell out concert was part of the Cootehill Arts Festival and was a fitting and dignified event. The concert was held in a 400 tiered seating circus type marquee. The wonderful and highly entertaining performance of the Clew Bay Pipe Band under the guiding hand of band leaders Peter Carney and Des Cafferkey was the highlight of an wonderful night of music, song and dance.
The director, John Blakey, who had been invited to a Chieftains' concert in Westport, where he first saw the band perform, knew that they would be perfect for the concert. They did not disappoint: the remit was to be respectful but not funereal, and that is exactly how they performed with a blend of powerful music and joyous even riotous songs that had the entire audience ( including some in their eighties) on their feet and dancing in the aisles.
Ray D'Arcy was the compere for the evening and later described the band's concert as "World Class" He introduced Triona Marshall of the Chieftains' an Martain Tourish of Alton, who played magically together. Zeke Deighton, well known folksinger from Yorkshire, brought the house down with his amusing song about a cockerel. Janice Igoe sang "Tears of Clew Bay" with the Band to rapturous applause and then Declan O'Rourke, Roscommon Solstice Choir and all joined in with Leonard Cohen's beautiful song "Hallelujah" finally lifting the roof with "Mull of Kintyre."
The Concert began with a solemn fly past and salute be the coastguard rescue helicopter, and a satellite link relayed a lone piper at Blacksod into the performance at sunset as the rest of The Clew Bay Pipe Band joined in . This was immediately followed by a world premier of "Irish Heros" , a piping tune composed by Des Cafferkey and dedicated to the four Heroes who lost their lives in Rescue 116 . All very emotional.
The special programme printed for the concert had letters specially written by President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince William, himself a helicopter rescue Pilot. The Director also thanked all of the performers for giving their services for free and all proceeds go to the RNLI
 This concert will live long in the memories of the families of those who died and indeed the people of Cootehill and far beyond.

Clew Bay Pipe Band                    
County Mayo


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