FMM and SLOT to share concert stage Saturday
Ireland’s two greatest pipe bands have shared many competition fields over the years, but have never yet shared the same concert stage – until this Saturday night when the two bands converge at the first-ever Foyle Piping Festival in Londonderry / Derry, Northern Ireland, at the University of Ulster.
The March 28th pipe band concert is part of a three-day event. The concert will also feature former World Solo Champion snare drummer Steven McWhirter of the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, and the Celtic folk group, Bernagh. The concert will be in the city’s Guildhall at 8 pm. with tickets priced at £15.
Another concert on Friday, March 27th, will bring together both Uillean and Highland pipers, with the Armagh Piper’s Club and Dublin’s Píobairí Uilleann performing with Andrew Carlisle, McWhirter, and the Colmcille Pipe Band, winners of the Grade 4A event at the 2008 World Championships.
The Foyle Piping Festival also has on the schedule performances by various pipers, seminars, workshops, and “late night sessions.”