Yn Chruinnaght 2010

On the Isle of Man this month there’s a chance to hear rock anthems, medieval Welsh lyrics, a little jazz, the romantic poetry of Robbie Burns and the rich sound of the Breton clarinet in a feast of sizzling music, song and dance. This year the Island’s very own Inter-Celtic festival ‘Yn Chruinnaght’ offers something for everyone as it celebrates long held links with some of its closest neighbours, with an invitation to come along and see for yourself what’s on offer at a number of venues across the Island.

Covering a full nine days in July the festival provides an excellent opportunity to sample some cracking gigs, foot-stomping ceilis, or for those who prefer something a little quieter intimate pub sessions, informal talks and a free concert at St. German’s Cathedral in Peel.

If your knowledge of Celtic music conjures up visions of bearded men and penny whistles then it’s time to take a fresh look at a new generation of talented musicians and song writers. Local organisers have used their knowledge of the culture rich circuit to bring the best of both the up-and-coming and established bands from the Celtic music scene to the Island, to join with fellow gifted Manx performers in a packed programme of events.

Scotland’s talented songwriter Emily Smith is a multi award winner with an Honours Degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and Welsh harpist Harriet Earis has performed in both the Albert Hall and the 02 Arena and regularly tours Europe and the US.  But if you want something really lively try Irish group ‘Beoga’, visiting the Island during their world wide tour and renowned for their high octane playing and a spirited sense of fun. After their successful first visit to the Isle of Man last year ‘The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ will be carefully packing their bagpipes and pressing their kilts in readiness for a second appearance here at the Villa Marina, in conjunction with the Department of Community Culture and Leisure, (tickets available at bringing their own fusion of traditional pipe tunes and rock anthems to a growing fan base.

Reaching into Ramsey, Peel and Douglas ‘Yn Chruinnaght’ provides an opportunity for fun, relaxation and the chance to be involved in a community event for all ages with our cultural cousins.

‘Yn Chruinnaght’ has been fortunate in securing valuable sponsorship from a number of Island sources including the Isle of Man Arts Council, the Manx Heritage Foundation, Manx Telecom, Ramsey Commissioners and other local businesses, which has allowed organisers to provide a wide variety of events for the public to enjoy.

Valerie Caine © July 2010  Courtesy of Manx Tails)