Irish Pipes Maestro to Perform at 2011 Rainforest World Music Festival

Paddy Keenan
The legendary Irish piper Paddy Keenan will travel with his trio to Malaysia to perform at the renowned Rainforest World Music Festival. His concert is scheduled for Saturday night, July … at . Paddy Keenan will also perform on the day-time Music Workshop each day at Dewan Lagenda, Iban Longhouse and Theatre at Sarawak Cultural Village.

Paddy Keenan comes from a Travelling family steeped in traditional music; both his father and grandfather were uilleann pipers, and his own flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of the great Travelling pipers. Paddy himself took up the pipes at age ten.

In the mid-1970s, The Bothy Band burst onto Ireland’s music scene and forever changed the face of Irish traditional music. Paddy was one of the band’s founding members and one of its driving forces. The virtuosity and ferocity of his playing led to his being described as “the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes”, and his style has continued to mature in the intervening years as he has pursued a solo career. Generally acknowledged as the most accomplished uilleann piper performing today, he is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation.

The 14th Rainforest World Music Festival which has put Sarawak on the world map will be held from July 8-10 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, which is located 35km outside Kuching (Malaysian Borneo) and set against the magnificent backdrop of the legendary Mount Santubong.

For purchase/booking/enquiries please visit or call ticketCharge Hotline: +6 03-9222 8811 or at TicketCharge @ No 42A-1, Jalan Metro Pudu, Fraser Business Park, Off Jalan Yew, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

You may also purchase tickets from TicketCharge outlets namely Chambers Music, Telventure Sdn Bhd, Rock Corner all in the Klang Valley or at Speedy Outlets throughout the country or at all Sarawak Tourism Board’s Visitors Information Centres in Kuching (082-410944), Sibu (084-340980) and Miri (085-434180).

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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