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Friday, March 7, 2014
Manx Groups Head for Annual Welsh Festival
In true Celtic spirit two Manx groups
will be heading across the Irish Sea to Wales to represent the Isle of Man at
Cwlwm Celtaidd, the Celtic Festival of Wales.
Known widely for its focus as a family
festival of music, song and dance, it attracts representative groups from each
of the Celtic nations for a fun-filled weekend in the southern Welsh coastal
resort of Porthcawl; which this year was well oversubscribed.
Proceedings kicked off with a free
opening concert at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff at the
The Mollag Band
end of last year, as
a taster of what’s to come this month at the Grand Pavilion, situated on
Porthcawl’s Victorian esplanade.
This will be the start of a busy year for
the mighty Mollag Band who will be entertaining audiences at the festival with
innovative songs and original tunes. Performing an eclectic mix of self-penned works
and traditional material in both Manx and English, look out for their new CD,
due out soon.
Manx dancers Perree Bane, who are based
in the south of the Island, always attract attention with their colourful
costume and dramatic presentation, and like the Mollag Band are no strangers to
this annual festival. Founded in 1982, Perree Bane’s aim is to keep alive the
extensive repertoire of Manx traditional dances, with some innovations here and
both at home and abroad.
Meanwhile the Manx links continue in the
company of Welsh band Jamie Smith’s Mabon, who will be headlining at Cwlwm
Celtaidd, with Adam Rhodes (Barrule)
playing bouzouki and two other members of the group married to Manx girls.