The Annapolis Irish Festival Exhibition Piping contest will bring together the bagpipe virtuosos of our region in a contest to see who is the best at conveying the beauty and excitement of traditional Irish and inter-Celtic music to the general public.  The contest will be judged by local piping star Robert Mitchell and the top prizes will be awarded to the players who use their lifetimes of study to entertain the audience who may never have heard traditional music before. The players will be announced by members of the AIF entertainment lineup including Seamus Kennedy and piper EJ Jones. This contest will be primarily focused on pipers not just competing, but especially playing to the audience.  
There will be two events consisting of 3-8 minute medleys: an Irish traditional music event, and inter-Celtic Freestyle event. Since each competitor must be ranked officially Professional or Grade I, their “classical” credentials have been established and their performances will be judged primarily on how they seduce the audience using only a Great Highland Bagpipe.
1pm – 5pm on the Piping Stage at the Lower Field
We have confirmed Gold Medal contender and many time World Pipe Band champion Andrew Carlisle among our list of competitors along with other great players with more to be announced soon:
Dan Lyden
Andrew Donlon 
Ben McClamrock
Chris Hamilton 
Vic Frank
There will be 5 cash prizes corresponding to the 5 top performers:
1st – $1250
2nd – $750
3rd – $500
4th – $500
5th – $250
For more information or to enter the contest please call 713-526-7889 or email EJ Jones at