Sunday 17 December 2017

Night marks band's 40th anniversary

New Ross and District Pipe Band
New Ross and District Pipe Band

David Looby

THE NEW Ross and District Pipe Band began their 40th anniversary celebrations with the staging of their annual 'Celtic Weave' concert in St Michael's Theatre on Saturday.

A large crowd attended the event in support of the local musicians who have triumphed in world and Irish pipe band competitions in recent times.

The 'Celtic Weave' concept was developed by the New Ross and District Pipe Band with a number of trips to the US in 2000 and again in 2003. It is a unique concept bringing together non-traditional instruments such as piano, organ, bass guitar, electric guitar with a full range of traditional instruments as well as vocals.

New Ross and District Pipe Band's new development band joined in for six of the performances, showing the promise that lies ahead for pipe band music in the town. The senior band wowed the audience with their excellent tone and delivery and showed the audience why they have won two world titles, two All Ireland titles and one Scottish title in the past two years.

Individual members within the band show-cased their talents during the night and particularly popular were virtuoso performances from Ian and Derek Furlong on drums; the band's own 'Three Tenors' who gave a mesmerising display on the tenor drums; and the virtuoso piping of band Pipe Major Nigel O'Neill.

The musicians performing included: Carrie McCracken (vocals), John Asple (vocals), Kerrie Campbell (vocals), Keith Flanagan (vocals), Philip Kennedy (bass guitar and piano ), Martin Boland (percussion), Seamus Power (keyboards), Keith O'Neill (keyboards), Terry Brennan (tin whistle), Milo Walsh (voice), Saoirse, Naoise and Ciara Carthy (traditional Irish group); Gerard and Catherine O'Kane (guitar and vocals) and Sean Moloney (All-Ireland solo piping champion 2013) .

Also in attendance were members of a number of other pipe bands, including the North Berwick Pipe Band from Scotland, the Marlacoo Pipe Band from Armagh, the De la Salle Scout Pipe Band from Waterford and a representative from the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France, Pauline Borromée.

The show was a sell-out and the band would like to thank everyone who supported the event.

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