Programme 2017

Jelune 10 Jerrey Souree / Monday 10 July – Jeheiney 14 Jerrey Souree / Friday 14 July

Lunchtime sessions from local and visiting musicians at Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, 1pm, free

Jemayrt 11 Jerrey Souree / Tuesday 11 July
We are excited to announce that the festival will open with a lecture on The Celts 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.

Jecrean 12 Jerrey Souree / Wednesday 12 July
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, Tom Gibbs.

Hamish will also work with Bree supergroup Scran to programme the first half of the concert. This event is supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Jerdein 13 Jerrey Souree / Thursday 13 July
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.

Jeheiney 14 Jerrey Souree / Friday 14 July
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.

Jesarn 15 Jerrey Souree / Saturday 15 July

The Gathering – a free family day based in and around Cathedral IOM on the final Saturday, sponsored by Conister Bank. Local and visiting artists include:
Rachel Hair: one of the UK’s finest contemporary Celtic harpists and tunesmiths, and tutor to the next generation of Manx harp players; and Yarn-spinner and puppeteer Fi Angwin, who will bring the traditional stories of the Celtic lands to the festival.

EVE 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.