Lectures from 25 years of the William Kennedy Piping Festival. The annual William Kennedy Piping Festival has taken place in Armagh since 1994. A central feature has been the presentation of one or more lectures each year by outstanding experts in traditional music. This book collects nineteen such lectures, covering aspects of piping and other traditional music forms ranging over three thousand years. Ireland, England, Scottland, France and Italy feature, with some lectures focusing on individual musicians while others address such topics as the representation of pipers in art, traditional singing, the bagpipes of France, the contested history of the bodhrán and an unexpected connection between Ireland, Scotland and ancient Sardinia. Selected and edited by Brian Vallely.
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