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Monday, December 1, 2014
Norwegian-Manx Musical Collaboration Breaks New Ground
Norwegian-Manx Musical Collaboration is just one of the many exciting projects
to emerge from the Island based organisation Culture Vannin, but with their
debut performance at the Erin Arts Centre in 2013, it was soon obvious that
this successful partnership had tapped into something new and exciting.
an increasing interest in this unique alliance, this year's sell-out concert was held at the Centenary
Centre in Peel, where all of the original musicians gathered to entertain an
expectant crowd with their latest material, and update them on the progress of
slowly and deliberately into the music by Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin, we
were treated to a stunning fiddle duet by Manx musicians Tom Callister (Barrule)
and David Kilgallon (Chronicles and Mec Lir) who barely drew breath as they
stormed through a repertoire which left everyone drooling in admiration.
this was just the beginning.
a departure from their last concert, a small number of traditional dancers from
both countries displayed a thought-provoking selection of dances suitable for
solo performers and couples.
Kilgallon and Gráinne Joughin represented the Isle of Man with Manx dances
which may already be familiar to some, but we were also introduced to a young
Norwegian male dancer, Vertle Springgard, who won the audience with his breathtaking
mix of traditional style, athleticism and acrobatic spontaneity.
were given a tantalising glimpse of what the musical collaboration had to offer
at the close of the first half of the concert, when the Manx trio were joined
on stage by visiting singer Margit Myhr (also the dance partner of Vertle
Springgard) and fiddle player Erlend
evening was held together by the lively banter of Tom Callister, as the second
half of the programme explored the hidden depths of cultural identity through
melodic fusion and the richness of language; including the beautiful sound of
the Hardanger fiddle and the hauntingly delicate vocal blend of Ruth and
a winning partnership brings together the two countries as never before with a
clever layering of music and song using both languages in an hypnotic
presentation of harmony and friendship.
music, song and dance workshops to be held at the Philip Christian Centre in
Peel the following day, the concert was the culmination of a hectic few days
introducing the music to pupils at schools throughout the Island.
if you missed the concert there's an opportunity to glimpse what was on offer on
the manxmusicanddance YouTube channel and purchase the new songs and tunes
booklet, with an accompanying demo CD, from Culture Vannin priced at £7.