With the Isle of Man’s largest Celtic festival just over two months away, the organisers have revealed who will be performing at the week-long event that kicks off on July 15th.
Yn Chruinnaght – the Manx National Festival or ‘gathering’ – has been held in Peel for more than 40 years to celebrate Manx culture and the relationship between the Isle of Man and the other five Celtic countries. The event always attracts some of the biggest names in Celtic music.
Welsh supergroup Mabon (https://jamiesmithsmabon.com/), fresh from a tour of Australia, will open the concert series on 17th July in the Centenary Centre. Joining them will be the Isle of Man’s own The Mollag Band ( https://www.facebook.com/themollags/ ) who will be heading off to represent the island at the world’s biggest Celtic festival, The Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, a month later.
And speaking of Brittany, the festival will also see the premiere of a new collaboration between Breton singer Lors Landat and accordionist Thomas Moisson, and Manx harpist Mera Royle (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician 2018) and keyboard/fiddle player and composer David Kilgallon. The concert will feature new and traditional music celebrating the friendship between the Isle of Man and Brittany.
The festival’s final concert will be headlined by Irish singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell (http://daoiri.com/ ), accompanied by bodhran player Robbie Walsh and uilleann piper Michael O'Connell. Recently awarded 'male vocalist of the year' by LiveIreland, Daoirí has been described as "one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years". He will be supported by the Manx group Peddyr Cubberley Trad Trio.
With a total of 14 artists performing over the week, tickets can be either be bought for individual events or a limited number of special festival passes for all concerts with after-show access to the ceilis are available for £55 each. Ticketing information can be found at: www.celticgathering.im
Away from the big concerts, visitors will also find outdoor displays of music and dance by visiting and local groups, together with outdoor entertainment, acoustic recitals in the Cathedral Isle of Man, children's activities, refreshments, workshops and an Artisan Craft Fair.
And since 2019 is the International Year of Minority Languages, there will be Celtic language taster lessons as well as readings and discussions of Celtic literature by Manx and visiting experts.
Find a full list of performers and all the information you need on Yn Chruinnaght 2019 at: www.celticgathering.im