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Friday, May 15, 2015
Nish as Rish Return from Successful Norwegian Tour
groups on the Manx traditional music scene continuing to strengthen their ties
with other countries, five-piece collective Nish as Rish has recently returned
from a successful trip to Norway.
as Rish was formed during 2009 whilst members of the group were busy studying
at the University of York, including two musicians from the Isle of Man; Ruth
Keggin (voice, flute and whistles) and Karl Kramer (mandolin, guitar and
Manx and other Celtic traditional music and song form a large part of their
repertoire, together with a selection of wider ranging personal compositions.
group has performed in a variety of venues and festivals throughout the UK and
Europe, winning the coveted Trophée Loic Raison at the Festival Interceltique
de Lorient in 2011.
in April Nish as Rish toured the picturesque Lofoten Islands for two weeks at
the invitation of DKS (Den kulturelle skolesekken - the cultural schoolbag) to
perform in concert for sixth form students across the archipelago.
tour was arranged as part of a national initiative by the Norwegian government,
with a view to bringing professional musicians and visual artists into schools.
as Rish also performed in a number of public concerts in conjunction with their
educational tour, which were warmly received.
initially a question mark hung over their first performance when Ruth's luggage
(including warm clothing and her whistles) was lost on their journey to the
Arctic Circle, and the neck of Vanessa's double bass snapped clean off in the
hold of the airplane!
SAS Airlines and a local instrument maker saved the day on both counts, with
their first gig, in the port of Stamsund, earning them a standing ovation.
can see photos of the group's Arctic adventures (as well as up and coming plans
for recording and gigs) on their social media sites.