LESH BWOOISE MOOAR – WITH GREAT THANKS TO OUR MAIN SPONSORS – CULTURE VANNIN, THE ISLE OF MAN ARTS COUNCIL & 2018 YEAR OF OUR ISLAND
Jelune 9 Jerrey Souree / Monday 9 July – Jeheiney 13 Jerrey Souree / Friday 13 July
There was an excellent series of lunchtime concerts at the Noa Bakehouse throughout the week. It was a Manx session to open events on Monday. Tuesday brought Mary Molloy and friends to lead an Irish session. There was a mixture of Welsh and Manx music, plus own compositions, on Wednesday when accordion player Jamie Smith was joined by guitarist Paul Rogers. Singer/songwriter and guitarist Greg Joughin performed on Thursday, followed by Peddyr Cubberley on whistle and flute with the guitar of Malcolm Stitt. The final session on Friday lunchtime brought members of Welsh bands NoGood Boyo and Cymry Cymysg to sing and play, and there were energetic Welsh clog dance steps being passed round between Oisin Evans, Oisin Gruffydd, Rhys Morris and Bethan Rhiannon. Thanks to Noa Bakehouse for the opportunity.
Jecrean 11 Jerrey Souree / Wednesday 11 July
Centenary Centre, Peel,
IMAR & MERA ROYLE
Winner of the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Manx harpist Mera Royle, performed a lovely set of traditional music and new compositions to a very appreciative audience. She was joined for a beautiful version of Graih Foalsey by Ruth Keggin. It was the first time that Tomas Callister of Ímar had had an opportunity to hear Mera play, and said how impressed he was.
Ímar themselves were in cracking form, demonstrating just why they had earned the BBC Radio 2 Folk ‘Horizon’ Award – and why concertina player Mohsen Amini had received the award for Folk Musician of the Year.
Grateful thanks to Thornton Associates Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners, for support in bringing such a wonderful opening concert
Jerdein 12 Jerrey Souree / Thursday 12 July
Centenary Centre, Peel
Schools concerts – two full houses of youngsters from the Island’s schools enjoyed the Welsh music and dancing of Cymry Cymysg and NoGood Boyo. Grateful thanks to the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust for enabling the concerts to take place, and to the Department of Education, Sport and Culture.
LAS & CLASH VOOAR
The night got off to a great start with the unscheduled but very welcome appearance of Jamie Smith on accordion and Paul Rogers on guitar. The set by Clash Vooar was a little shorter than planned because KirreeAalin Clague had earlier lost her voice, but she and the band were in good form, bringing a variety of soundscapes to traditional and newly-written songs in Manx.
Las brought songs in both Scottish and Irish Gaelic, and the audience was also treated to a great display of Scottish step dancing by Joy Dunlop and Irish sean nós dancing by Catherine Ní Shuilleabhain and Edel Ní Churraoin, with all three up dancing to the fiddle of Grainne Brady and the piano of Andrew Dunlop.
Jeheiney 13 Jerrey Souree / Friday 13 July
Centenary Centre, Peel
Schools concerts – Two more full houses of youngsters were able not only to find out about Breton dance, but to get up and take part with Breton band Glaou. There was more opportunity to participate as Joy Dunlop of Las encouraged them to move to the music and then had them singing along very tunefully with the chorus of a song in Scottish Gaidhlig. Grateful thanks once again to the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust for enabling the concerts to take place, and to the Department of Education, Sport and Culture.
Peel Masonic Hall
Giense y Lught-thie / Family Ceili
A very enjoyable evening of Inter-Celtic dancing for all the family..
Centenary Centre, Peel
NOGOOD BOYO & THE LAWRENCES
Siblings Kirsty, Katie and Mark Lawrence opened the evening with some lovely playing, bringing a range of colours and dynamics to traditional tunes and own compositions.
‘Go loud or go home, boyo!’ Well, NoGood Boyo didn’t go home and they certainly can play with power, but always with passion, and balanced with some sensitive playing, songs and clogging. They brought the very appreciative audience with them all the way
Jesarn 14 Jerrey Souree / Saturday 14 July
House of Manannan
THE GATHERING – the first of two days of free music and dance displays, workshops, children’s activities and crafts for all the family.
Peel Masonic Hall
Giense y Lught-thie / Family Ceili £5/£3 (u16)
Another fun evening of Inter-Celtic dancing for all the family.
Centenary Centre, Peel, 7.30pm
ALTAN & RUTH KEGGIN & MALCOLM STITT
Manx singer Ruth Keggin and Scottish guitarist Malcolm Stitt have teamed up only recently as a duo, and the audience reaction showed that it was well worthwhile. Ruth sang a selection of songs with an inter-Celtic dimension, played her flute, and also produced a guitar for part of the accompaniment to Marlene Hendy’s setting of Mona Douglas’s poem, ‘The Secret Island’, which was one of the songs she reprised in an encore.
Kind support was received from Culture Ireland for the visit of legendary Irish band Altan, although Manannan had a little fun en route, with low cloud over Ronaldsway forcing their flight into a holding pattern – would they have to return to Dublin?!!? Fortunately, they made it. Altan have been wonderful ambassadors, taking a view of the musical landscape of Donegal literally all around the world in the past 30+ years. They played jigs and reels and beautiful, haunting slow airs and songs that thoroughly enthralled the audience, and they were given a standing ovation at the end of the evening.
Jedoonee 15 Jerrey Souree / Sunday 15 July
House of Manannan, 12-5pm
THE GATHERING – To close the festival, an afternoon of free music and dance displays, workshops, children’s activities and crafts for all the family.
Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering is grateful to its wonderful sponsors; Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Year of Our Island 2018, Culture Ireland, Thornton Associates Ltd. Chartered Financial Planners, Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust as well as the invaluable support of Manx National Heritage, Department of Education, Sport and Culture, Peel Town Commissioners, Department of Enterprise and Noa Bakehouse.