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Monday, February 24, 2014
Manks Concert is a Sell-Out!
recent Manks concert organised by the Isle of Man branch of the Celtic Congress
at the Centenary Centre in Peel proved a sell-out, as people from across the
Island joined together to enjoy a cross-generational evening of entertainment.
was a night of music, song, dance and poetry with well-known Manx speaker, Bob
Carswell, acting as compére.
based traditional dance group Ny Fennee kicked off proceedings, followed later
by a selection of versatile singers which included Marlene Hendy (past winner
of the Traditional Song Class at the Pan Celtic Festival), Ruth Keggin (debut CD
now available) and contributions from Manx Gaelic choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh, with
music by Tree Cassyn and Scammylt.
readings with a Manx flavour provided a cross-section of sobriety and humour with
contributions from brothers John and Philip Kennaugh, and a rare opportunity to
hear an old master at work. At 98 years old Laurence Kermode remains unfazed by
the sight of a full house, and without a script in sight was able to hold the audience
in the palm of his hand with a command that belies his years.
second half of the evening was dominated by the Michael Players with their
final showing of the popular dialect play The Dumb Cake. It was the last
performance, before retirement, of lead actors Ann Corlett and Win Callister,
who were presented with a bouquet of flowers at the close of the play.
for the Manx branch of the Celtic Congress, Roy Kennaugh, remarked, “Besides
the objective to raise funds, it was a great opportunity to bring together a
variety of quality acts for a very enjoyable evening.”
of the concert will be used to help finance travel and accommodation costs for
musicians and a speaker to represent the Isle of Man at the International
Celtic Congress in Cardiff later this year.