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Monday, July 13, 2015
Yn Chruinnaght Snaps Up Award Winning Band for Festival
Island's biggest annual Inter-Celtic festival, Yn Chruinnaght, will return to
Peel later this month, with a line-up of performers reflecting all that's best
about music, song and dance from the Celtic Diaspora, with fringe events in
Ramsey, Laxey and Douglas.
coup for this year's festival is securing the Anglo-Irish band Flook, described
as possessing a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble
interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination, at the Centenary
Centre in Peel.
another major star is Scottish harpist and Gaelic Singer of the Year Mischa
Macpherson, who will be headlining a special concert at St German's Cathedral
with support from Bulgarian piper and singer duo, Vladimir and Ivelina,
together with the creative trumpet and organ Manx duo Chronicles. Mischa will
also lead a Puirt-à-beul singing workshop.
highlight will be the premiere of a specially commissioned composition by local
musician David Kilgallon entitled The Gathering; the English translation of Yn
Chruinnaght. Sponsored by the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust, this new work will
encompass the music, dance and languages of all the Celtic nations represented
at Yn Chruinnaght, with each one taking part in its performance. It will also
be performed later in the year at a prestigious gala concert at the Festival
Interceltique Lorient in Brittany.
organisers will also be welcoming back the outstanding traditional fest noz
singer Lors Landat and virtuoso accordionist Thomas Moission, who will leading
the popular Breton dancing during the ceili and performing in concert later in
for something a little different, why not try your hand at making a Celtic love
spoon? Skilled craftswoman Sharon Littley from Wales will be sharing her
secrets of how to make these decoratively carved, romantic gifts, which
originated in the sixteenth century. She will lead two workshops during the
final weekend of the festival at £30 for a four hour session. Places are
limited but need to be booked directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
work will be complemented by a one-day Artisan Craft Fair, which will include
artists and craftspeople such as Bruno Cavellec, Nicola Dixon, Collette
Gambell, Kate Jerry, In with the Old, Out with the New, Apple Orphanage and a
selection of live music.
Mischa Macpherson Trio
Rising Stars concert will feature a range of up and coming talent and dance
lovers will get the chance to watch displays by a number of local groups,
together with representatives from Cornwall and Bulgaria.
for all events are available from the Yn Chruinnaght website, or from Celtic
Gold, Peter Norris Music, Shakti Man and Thompson Travel. A special festival
pass, securing admission to all events, is available online only at £40.
festival is supported by Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx
Telecom and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust.
mobile number 302200, with full programme details at www.ynchruinnaght.com.
of Mischa Macpherson Trio courtesy of Louise Bichan)