Friday April 3rd – Sunday April 5th
The dates for this year’s festival are Friday 3rd April – Sunday 5th April. This year’s festival is the 23rd festival and as such we are planning to showcase much of our local talent, but also continue to develop the festival atmosphere by inviting visiting groups to the Island from many of the Celtic Countries.
We are delighted once again to be able to announce a fantastic line-up of local artists and visiting musicians and dancers. joining us for their first trip to the Isle of Man is Project Smok. Project Smok is a trio which comprises of multi award-winning musicians Ali Levack (Pipes & Whistles), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) and Ewan Baird (Bodhrán). They have fast become a recognised and household name in the Traditional Music Scene. We would also like to congratulate Ali Levack on his success at being announced as the BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year at Celtic Connections.
Joining them from Galicia is an old friend of the festival Xosé Liz with his new group. We are delighted to welcome him back and look forward to the sounds of Galicia and the happy and warm friendship that he brings. From Cornwall The Brim, will be making a welcome return to the festival, alongside some new faces from Cornish dance groups Kekezza, Kemysk and Hevva.
Returning from Killarney are our friends The Echoes of Killarney, under the tutelage of Maureen and Lisa Hegarty, their toe tapping shows have become a firm favourite of the festival and we look forward to their performances alongside their wonderful musicians from the School of Killarney and their tutor Paidraig Buckley.
The festival also has plenty of local talent on show also. Local harpists from the northern schools, Clarsach Twooaie will perform for the first time and we look forward to recent runner up at ‘The Next Big Thing’ Frank Joughin performing alongside his dad at the schools concert on Friday 3rd April.
Look out for a day of performances from visiting and local performers on Saturday 4th April at Ramsey Courthouse, the festival is working alongside the farmers market and a festival atmosphere should be in existence all day as the road around The Courthouse will be shut for the day to ensure Ramsey has a day to remember.
Once again a huge thank you goes out to all those who were involved in the organising, running and supporting of last year’s festival. We would, of course, especially like to thank our sponsors who again are invaluable to the success of the festival. They are all valuable and we continue to be grateful for their ongoing support.
Take a look through the Whats on toggle to get a full overview of the festival and all it has to offer.
Shennaghys Jiu is delighted to continue to work with Culture Vannin and are indebted to them for the support they have given from the start. We would also like to thank the Town of Ramsey and the Ramsey Town Commissioners for the support and encouragement they have shown over the years, and hope they also feel the benefit of our vibrant and popular festival. We are also indebted for the continued support of Island Aggregates and welcome Corletts as another major sponsor to the festival.
Shennaghys Jiu is delighted to continue its support of local schools and we will continue to work with them to provide concerts and displays, but also give them a platform to display some of the fantastic artwork they produce. This can be viewed in Ramsey Town Hall from Monday 30th March.
As part of our celebrations, we are delighted to return to the Peel Centenary Centre to host an afternoon concert on Sunday 5th April.
We hope this year to build on the successes of previous years, and continue to provide enjoyable concerts and ceilidhs in the hope we can build on our family atmosphere and encourage new people to discover Manx Traditional Music and the joys a festival has to offer.
Shennaghys Jiu would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors and the local community to the festival and hope they enjoy all it has to offer.