Yn Chruinnaght presents Celtfest Isle of Man

ALICE ROBERTS ~ HAMISH NAPIER’S THE RIVER ~ TALISK ~ RIOGHNACH CONNOLLY ~ RACHEL HAIR ~ CONNLA

‘Celtfest Isle of Man’ – a revamped summer festival full of Manx and Celtic music, dance and culture from 10 – 15 July . Yn Chruinnaght organisers will be bringing some of the hottest names from the Celtic music scene to Peel this July for their new-look Celtfest Isle of Man.

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Putting The Celts firmly into Celtfest IOM from the outset will be a lecture by anatomist, anthropologist and broadcaster, Professor Alice Roberts, who has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Ice Age Giants and The Celts.

A new event for 2017 will be The Gathering, a free family day based in and around Cathedral IOM on the final Saturday, sponsored by Conister Bank. With July’s skies full of sunshine, you will be able to enjoy music and dance performances from the likes of harpist Rachel Hair, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gaelic medium pre-school Mooinjer Veggey, buy some treats at the famous artisan craft fair, and get creative in mini-workshops. Food and drink from local producers and the gorgeous cool spaces within the Cathedral itself make this the perfect event to drift in and out of throughout the day. Manx performers will be joined by Celtic harp guru, Rachel Hair, who is tutor to the next generation of Manx harp players, and yarn-spinner and puppeteer Fi Angwin will bring the traditional stories of the Celtic lands alive. And if you can’t attend, Manx Radio will be broadcasting live in Manx and English.

Celtfest IOM is very much about taking Celtic music into new spaces and to new people, so the committee is delighted to have teamed up with Noa Bakehouse and Shoprite, for a week of free lunchtime sessions featuring talented local singer-songwriters and musicians. 800 schoolchildren will also benefit from Celtfest IOM’s outreach programme during the festival, enjoying concerts from visiting and Manx acts – sponsored by the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Charitable Trust. Check out the Celtfest IOM Facebook page for updates and events.

Four evenings of superb musical entertainment will take place in the Centenary Centre, presenting some of the finest Celtic musicians from Ireland and Scotland, with support from some fabulous Manx bands.

Talisk: winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and featuring the talents of 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Craig Irving (guitar), Talisk create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound. This evening is sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners.

Rioghnach Connolly Band: Armagh born singer and flautist with more sass than a sassy thing, Rioghnach guests regularly with Afro Celt Sound System, and fronts the foot-banging sound of Honeyfeet and the soulful beauty of Realworld Records’ The Breath. Joining Rioghnach are Emma Sweeney (fiddle), Ange Durcan (banjo), Fiona Browne (pipes) and Ellis Davies (guitar), all from the heart of the Manchester Irish and world music scene. Connla: the hottest new group out of Northern Ireland, featuring Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (whistles), Paul Starrett (guitar) and siblings Emer and Conor Mallon on harp and uilleann pipes.

Hamish Napier’s The River: the stunning debut album by award-winning Scottish composer and folk multi-instrumentalist, Hamish Napier, celebrating his local river, The Spey, is the perfect soundtrack to the stunning scenery of Speyside and the Highlands. Featuring the musical talents of Hamish Napier, Ross Ainslie, Sarah Hayes, James Duncan Mackenzie, James Lindsay, Martin O’Neill, Calum MacCrimmon, Dave Milligan, and Tom Gibbs. Hamish will also work with Bree supergroup Scran to programme the first half of the concert.

The River is sponsored by the festival’s travel partners, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:

‘For four decades Yn Chruinnaght has been a leading celebration of Manx and Celtic culture and as it enters an exciting new era as Celtfest we are delighted to be the festival’s Travel Partner. Since the late 1970s the festival has not only engaged the Manx community but also brought visitors from across the Celtic nations to share their music, song and dance and experience the Isle of Man. As Celtfest IOM, the festival can build on this great tradition and grow, bringing more people to the Island and getting even more of the local population involved. The Steam Packet Company is proud to call the Isle of Man home and delighted to support Celtfest IOM as it shares our unique culture with people from around the world.’

Yn Chruinnaght is made up of a team of hard-working volunteers and works on a not-for-profit basis. The committee is keen to develop other events throughout the year, in conjunction with other people – if you have any ideas, let them know: info@ynchruinnaght.com or info@celtfest.im

Yn Chruinnaght presents Celtfest Isle of Man is grateful for the support of Culture Vannin and the IOM Arts Council.

Find out more at: www.celtfest.im plus Facebook, Twitter & Vimeo

E-tickets are now available: www.celtfest.im/tickets/

Ticketed events range from £12.50-£15, but there are lots of free events too.

~ Look out for future events later in the year brought to you by Yn Chruinnaght ~