Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering Now Includes Live Events

Although this year’s Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering was set to be a virtual celebration, the relaxation of social distancing and an extensive return to normality has resulted in the addition of some live events.

A selection of ‘food and folk’ sessions will take place at Noa Bakehouse in Douglas each lunchtime, profiling each of the Celtic nations.

But with the lifting of on-Island restrictions, organisers of the annual event have now been able to include a special Manx Night at the Centenary Centre in Peel; featuring harpist Mera Royle, fiddle player Isla Callister, Island based guitarist Malcolm Stitt (formerly of Deaf Shepherd), Manx singer and poet Annie Kissack and local band Clash Vooar.

Additionally, there will be a social gathering at the Corrin Hall, within the grounds of the cathedral in Peel, where visitors can enjoy music and dance, Gaelic/artisan craft stalls and children’s activities.

The festival concludes with a family ceili at the Corrin Hall with a nautical, fancy dress theme.

But those unable to attend can tune into Tannaghtyn sThie (a stay at home virtual festival) via the festival’s website and Facebook page.

This year’s event is sponsored by RL360, Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Valerie Caine

© July 2020