Monday, January 12, 2009

The Manx National Anthem

After a rousing version of the Manx National Anthem at the Washington Manx's 12th Night Party on Saturday, Jim Kneale, NAMA's webmaster has put some music on our website, including the MNA. We had a great afternoon, starting off with a Viking in full regalia, sweeping out the Old Year and bringing bread, coal and money to usher in food, warmth and prosperity for 2009. We had a big old potluck supper with Manx and celtic music played by Na Maraghan who accompanied singer Kelly Crenshaw. and we played, "Hunt the Cat's tail" and "Pass the Parcel" -- Sunday School and parlor games from the past. It was great fun and we can boast around 15 under-20s who turned up and actually ENJOYED themselves and didn't roll their eyes once. Click here for the NAMA site and here for the Manx National Songbook.


Manxiediva said...

In the Quyeensland Manx Society [Australia] we always start off our meetings singing the Manx National Anthem and end them by singing "Ellan Vannin" with Soprano descant.
Also I introduced a Brisbane Celtic Choir to sing both songs at some of our concerts as well as one or two other Manx Songs, so our songs are becoming quite well known especially to the Celtic Community in Brisbane.

Babooshka said...

Roughly how many Manx speakers would you say ther is in the world. I no it is on the increase, just curious.