Childvision’s piping star Amy Campbell took centre stage at Ireland 100 Festival (highlighting a century of Irish culture and its relationship with America) in The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC.
Amy, 16, who is totally blind and a student at Pobailscoil Rosmini on the campus of Childvision in Dublin, performed as part of the Festival Opening Performance.
Amy was joined by Gay McKeon and Emmett Gill from Na Píobiarí Uilleann (NPU) who provide weekly lessons on the Irish uilleann pipes to students at Childvision.
Speaking in advance of the concert, NPU CEO, Gay McKeon said “There is a long association with blind people and Irish traditional music, most notably with the Harp and the uilleann pipes. The first ever recording of Irish traditional music, made in 1899, was of blind uilleann piper, Micí ‘Cumba’ Ó Súilleabháin and it is wonderful that terrific young players like Amy have the opportunity to showcase their talent on such a prestigious stage.”