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Thursday, February 6, 2014
Launch of Ruth Keggin's Debut CD
Manx singers and musicians creating a growing awareness of local traditional
music across the globe, Island vocalist Ruth Keggin has stepped into the
spotlight, bringing with her a passion for both the language and the music, and
also the launch of her debut album this month.
(Westward) is a live studio recording featuring an eclectic mix of both
Ruth Keggin (Courtesy of Phil Kneen)
contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and
Radio 3 folk music presenter Mary Ann Kennedy remarked, “Ruth Keggin is the
pure and passionate Gaelic voice of the Manx musical renaissance. Sheear is a
thing of beauty which makes the circle of British folk music tradition whole.”
(who also plays piano and flute) is joined on the album by guitarist David
Pearce and double-bassist Vanessa McWilliam, gifted Irish flautist and sean-nós
singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and talented Manx fiddle player Tom Callister.
debut album will be launched at the Centenary Centre in Peel with musical
support from local trio Tree Cassyn (Isla Callister, Doona Lambden and Paul
Rogers), Irish singer
Vanessa McWilliam, Ruth Keggin and David Pearce (Courtesy of Phil Kneen)
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and multi-instrumentalist David
at 7.30pm on Saturday 15th February, tickets are currently on sale
from Celtic Gold, Shakti Man, Thompson Travel, Peter Norris Music and Culture
Vannin (Manx Heritage Foundation) priced at £7.50, or £10 on the night.
album launch will be swiftly followed by a short tour of Ireland with her
group, including a spot in Whelan’s (a lively and renowned music venue in the
heart of Dublin) and a joint gig with Scottish Gaelic supergroup Dàimh at
Cultúrlann, a focal point for Belfast’s emerging Gaeltacht Quarter.