The Clew Bay Pipe Band
Since its arrival on the stage in 2012, The Clew Bay Pipe Band has excited audiences all over Ireland and beyond. This exceptionally talented young group led by renowned musician Des Cafferkey (Pipe Major) and Peter Carney (Pipe Sergeant) firstly attracted the attention of Matt Molloy of The Chieftains. Matt invited the band to perform with The Chieftains in 2013 and since then the band’s rise has been meteoric.
Special guests for this years concert include local favourites Dan Delaney, Joanne Keegan, Dramacode, The Cresham Dancers, The Sacred Heart Secondary School Choir, topped off with none other than well-known singer song-writer Mundy. The Birr native is no stranger to the Pipe Band, having played with them at the Westport Festival of Music and Food 2 years in a row, as well as a sell-out Pipe-Versity gig at the Castlecourt Hotel in 2014 and again for the live televised Mayo Day Concert at the Royal Theatre Castlebar in 2015.
Mundy, the undisputed internationally-acclaimed artist, best known for hits such as “July” and “Galway Girl” has produced numerous albums and has single-handedly played sell-out concerts in Ireland, the UK, America, Australia and continues to tour. His 6th studio album “Shot in the Dark”, was released in April 2016 with tracks that have only further reinforced the performer as a national and internationally treasured artist.
As last years concerts sold out quickly don’t miss your chance to see what promises to be an electric show – brought to you by an amazing mix of performers under one roof for two nights only – Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November at 8pm.
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 the bagpipes and their rendition of the song went viral across Germany the following day.
Having appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘Up For The Match’, ‘The Imelda May Show’ , ‘The Gathering’ and numerous times on Irish TV, the band has also performed live with Imelda May, Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Jack L and Gene Butler.
Added to their list of achievements, the band have recently recorded with Matt Molloy and Imelda May. 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 the2014 Westport Festival of Music and Food, audiences have raved about their ‘Pipe Versity Show’!
A fusion of Piping, Drumming, Rock , Traditional and Choral music awaits those who come to see the band perform. The Bands first CD “Pipeversity” live from Westport Town Hall which was launched last Christmas continues to be a huge success. The band have been invited back to play at Temple Bar Trad Fest at the end of January. As always, these concerts will sell out quickly, so early bookingis advised.
Having ‘SOLD OUT‘ their previous 6 concerts in Westport punters are advised to book tickets early. Expect the unexpected when this group takes to the stage!