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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Mollag Ghennal Hits the Right Note!
Mollag Ghennal, organised by members of the popular Mollag Band, is guaranteed
to be one of the highlights of the festive calendar and this year proved no
It's a great
opportunity to sample some of the best the Island has to offer on the Manx
music scene, and to be at the forefront of some of the revolutionary changes
within the folk genre.
rarer than hens' teeth, those lucky enough to be at the party were greeted by
the St German Handbell Ringers before being led gently into the main event
which was opened by a select number of singers from the Manx Gaelic choir
Caarjyn Cooidjagh, who sang a selection of songs in French, English and Manx.
This was swiftly
followed by Island based Scottish guitarist Malcolm Stitt and local soloist
Ruth Keggin (accompanied by multi-instrumentalist David Kilgallon), who
presented their own style and individuality to an appreciative audience.
With a substantial
supper on the horizon, it was time to raise the volume and up the beat with well-known
Manx bands Skeeal and Strengyn who were both joined on stage by several other
music just kept on rolling as Manx trad power trio Barrule altered the tempo to
reflect their own melodic brand, before the Mollag Band themselves took to the stage to present some of their
best known songs and introduce a new one based on the poem Betsy Lee; in
tribute to the Manx poet T. E. Brown. Finally new group Mec Lir soon got
dancers to their feet in response to a unique fusion of Manx folk and pop music,
which brought another successful evening to a storming conclusion.