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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Manx Blues Guitarist Davy Knowles to Perform at Yn Chruinnaght
Jamie Smith's Mabon
year's inter-Celtic Manx festival, Yn Chruinnaght, promises a bumper bundle of
events during mid July, but to get you in the mood there'll be a selection of
Manx, Irish and Menorcan dance displays in the Mooragh Park and the annual Ian
O'Leary Lecture in Ramsey as part of the celebrations for Manx National Week.
based in Peel, the festival provides a great opportunity to hear some talented
musicians from both at home and abroad and learn something new, with a number
of events free of charge.
of the main participants include turbo charged Welsh favourites Jamie Smith's
Mabon, eye-catching international trio The Friel Sisters (Scottish born but
purveyors of Irish music) and Breton siblings Eliaz and Meriadeg (aka Ar
Vreuder Lorho-Pasco) who specialise as a powerful Biniou-Bombarde partnership;
together with Cornish ceili instrumentalists The Brim on a return visit to the
Island and talented musicians Frankie and James from the north of England.
The Friel Sisters
performing for the first time at the festival will be Manx born Blues
guitarist, Davy Knowles. An ambassador for this year's Island of Culture, he's
currently working on his documentary Island
Bound, which focuses on connecting the musician with the roots of Manx
local musicians, singers and dancers will also be featured at various events
during the festival, along with workshops, busking by musical youth group Bree
and concerts at a cross-section of venues in both Peel and Douglas.
for this year will be Scottish craft worker Ruth Black from Inverness, who will
be exhibiting and leading workshops in the art of Celtic knot work embroidery
during the final weekend. This will be complemented by an artisan craft fair at
the Corrin Hall, focusing on local craft people and food producers. Celtic knot
work and tweed gifts produced by Ruth Black will also be available.
festival will also be acknowledging the 150th anniversary of the birth of
world-renowned Manx designer and artist Archibald Knox, with several events
designed to link in with the current exhibition Celtic Style at the House of Manannan, and a specially commissioned
logo designed in the Knox style by Peel based artist Nicola Dixon.
year's Ian O'Leary Lecture will be presented by Yvonne Cresswell of Manx
National Heritage on the theme of Archibald
Knox and The Deer's Cry.
New Logo by Nicola Dixon
festival will close with a collaborative display of music and dance outside the
House of Manannan and the official launch of The Mollag Band's new album Afloat.
Chruinnaght is supported by Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx
Telecom and the Manx Lottery Trust.
information and details of where to buy tickets for events is available from
the festival's website.