With the festive season just around the corner, there’s a couple of annual events coming up with a special Manx flavour to entertain you during the cold, winter evenings.
The long-standing Mollag Ghennal, starting at 7.30pm on Sunday 29th December, has now settled into its new location at the Manx Legion Club on Market Hill in Douglas, offering a host of entertainers to lift your spirits midst the holiday activities.
Following a tried and tested format, the evening will provide a rich and rewarding list of musicians, including Manx dancers Skeddan Jiarg, guitarist Mark Lawrence, fiddle and keyboard player David Kilgallon, young rising stars Scran, duets Imbolc (César Joughin and Daniel Quayle) and Frank and Jamie Joughin and, of course, The Mollag Band. It’s anticipated that further singers and musicians will be added to the list.
Tickets held at £12 available from Celtic Gold, Shakti Man and Thompson Travel, with supper from the Mollag kitchens included.
But in the west of the Island, the seasonal calendar will be brought to a close on Sunday 5th January with the traditional Oie’ll Verree (Eve of the Feast of Mary) at the Ebenezer Hall in Kirk Michael. An old style Manx concert, the evening will include local musicians, singers, dancers and comedy. However, the final act will be the annual dialect play performed, as usual, by The Michael Players RBV. Their choice of play is an adapted version of Mr Quilliam Decides, written by Lillian and Eva Kneen.
Tickets priced at £8 will initially be available to members of Michael Heritage Trust on a first-come first-served basis, with any remaining obtainable by leaving a message at 878328. Details will also be available on Michael Heritage Trust’s Facebook page.
Footnote: The Oie’ll Verree is likely to be fully booked
© December 2019
(Courtesy of Manx Life)