Pipe band off to French festival
Excitement is building among members of the New Ross and District Pipe Band in anticipation of the band's visit to the Festival Interceltique in Lorient France for ten days beginning on Thursday.
Although the New Ross band is a regular visitor to the Lorient Festival, quite a number of the younger members of the band will be visiting Lorient for the first time.
During the ten days of the festival the band will participate in the Grand Parade of the Celtic Nations which involves 120 marching groups (some 3,500 participants) and 70,000 to 100,000 spectators. The event is broadcast live on French television.
The band will also take part in the Nuit Interceltique events which are similar in structure to the famous Edinburgh Tattoo. There are five night-time shows beginning at 10 p.m. and finishing at midnight which are held in a 15,000 seater football stadium.
This Saturday, the band will perform its popular 'Celtic Weave' concert to an audience of 600 people in the Espace Marine Theatre in Lorient. The band will be accompanied by local musician Seamus Power on keyboards and by local piper and guitarist Des O'Callaghan.
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