Author: Valerie Caine

Manx Musicians Shortlisted for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

 This year’s final for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a key highlight of the folk music calendar, will be presented by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and multi-award winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, at the prestigious Belfast Waterfront

Shennaghys Jiu Festival Celebrates Twenty First Anniversary!

   Here on the Isle of Man, the annual Shennaghys Jiu festival will be celebrating its twenty first anniversary (30th March – 2nd April). Predominantly based in Ramsey (with a special concert in Peel on Sunday afternoon), organisers are planning

Get Creative this Month with the Embroiderers’ Guild on the Isle of Man!

The Get Creative Festival (https://getcreativeuk.com/) 17th to 25th March, aims to shine a light on all the fantastic cultural activity which takes place across Britain, encouraging everyone to have a go at something new and imaginative. During the festival, the

Holy Moly and the Crackers Lift the Roof of the Centenary Centre!

  There was a feverish, expectant ripple amongst the audience at the Centenary Centre as they awaited the phenomenally talented band Holy Moly and the Crackers, but before this everyone was thoroughly entertained by local singer/songwriter Rhiannon Jade. Her soulful

Welsh Group ALAW to Make Their Manx Debut at the Centenary Centre

Welsh folk super group ALAW (melody in the Welsh language) will shortly be making their debut concert on the Isle of Man at the Centenary Centre in Peel next month. This inspiring trio, which draws particularly on their Celtic heritage,

Snowdrop Walk in Dalby Raises Funds for Charity

   Despite plummeting temperatures, a good number of people braved the elements to visit Dalby House to see a wonderful display of snowdrops, which bloomed in abundance along the driveway and at the rear of the house, where they were

Manannan’s Choice of the Year Awarded to Phil Kelly

This year’s Reih Bleeaney Vanannan (Manannan’s Choice of the Year) has been awarded by Culture Vannin to local man Phil Kelly, recognising almost fifty years of work in teaching, promoting, publishing and developing online resources for the Manx language by

Eminent Feminist Dr Pankhurst Encourages Islanders to Pull Together in Memory of Manx Pioneer

Continuing an historical, family legacy can be viewed by those lingering around the outside of the circle as labouring, challenging, or even unnecessary, but Dr Helen Pankhurst carries her public mantle with a quiet, but dignified determination. Female emancipation can

Manx Family Links Emmeline Pankhurst to the Isle of Man

With the commemoration of women in Britain securing the vote dominating news coverage today, it’s also an opportunity to explore the lives of the women who fought for democracy, but a Manx link with the powerful Emmeline Pankhurst may hold

Oie’ll Verree at Kirk Michael Brings in the Crowds

   The annual Oie’ll Verree, which can still be found in a number of rural settings, takes the form of a concert and remains at the forefront of Manx life as a community event, but the occasion at Kirk Michael

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