THE St Patrick’s Celebrations Concert at the Burnavon this Saturday (16th) at 8pm welcomes a special guest in the shape of acclaimed local piper Emmett Conway.
At just 21 years of age, Emmett is well known as an accomplished solo and band player with a host of titles to his name.
Emmett started his band career with Ballinderry Bridge, where he won the World Championships in Grade 2 aged just 13. He now plays for the world famous and eight times Grade 1 World Champions, Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band with whom he has won all the majors. Indeed last year he was part of history when Field Marshall completed the Grand Slam taking all five majors in the one season.
Emmet is a former winner of Young Piper of the Year and currently holds the title Young Musician of the Year, which he won in September. He has represented Ireland in the MacCrimmon trophy in Loreint France for the past 2 years and returned just
last week from New Zealand where he played in their National Championships.
In January Emmett recorded a programme for BBC TV alongside world renowned piper Fred Morrison and was a guest musician with the Ulster Orchestra performing with Karen Matheson. February saw Emmett perform in Derry-Londonderry in the Sons and Daughters opening concert for the City of Culture on BBC alongside such names as Phil Coulter, Gary Lightbody, Paul Brady and Dana.
Clearly a young man in much demand, we are delighted that Emmett is now bringing his talent right back home and on to the Burnavon stage for all to see and enjoy.
We are really looking forward to welcoming him home as part of a great line up to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The St Patrick’s Day concert will be introduced by writer-presenter Declan Forde and will also feature Cookstown Youth Choir, Irish Rhythm, McKenna School of Dance, the Traditional Music In Schools group.the Saturday Folk Club and Folk Fusion.
Altogether a great night out at the Burnavon this Saturday 16th March at 8pm, tickets at £10 can be purchased at Box Office 867 69949 option 1 or on line at www.burnavon.com.