The final line up is now complete. Thank you to everyone who has agreed to perform at this year’s festival. Gura mie and
TRIP, formed in late 2016, are a new and energetic trad band based in Glasgow that draw influence from the cultures and traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
All currently in their second year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they began playing together through informal freshers week sessions and instantly clicked through their shared passion for traditional music with a contemporary and modern twist.
The impressive six piece line-up features Newcastle accordionist Michael Biggins, Sligo flautist Tiernan Courell, Manx fiddler Isla Callister, Lewis singer Mairi MacLennan, with fellow Scots Rory Matheson on piano and Craig Baxter on bodhran. Together they produce a powerful, driven and distinctive sound that contrasts from fast jigs and reels to captivating traditional Gaelic song.
Following the release of their first music video in January 2017, the band has had a successful year performing across Scotland and the Isle of Man, and most recently in Ireland, where they opened as Sharon Shannon’s special guests in her Sligo Live concert.
TRIP are set to make an impact in the new year with the release of their debut EP – Eclipse
At the center of Birlinn Jiarg’s sound is the combination of Beccy’s whistle and concertina playing and the clarinet and flute
of Freya Rae. The unusual combination of low whistle and clarinet was what originally inspired the band’s formation and sets Birlinn Jiarg’s sound apart from more traditional line-ups.
Having performed in a duo with Beccy for a few years, Scottish guitarist and bouzouki player Alasdair Paul was a natural choice for Birlinn Jiarg. Completing the quartet’s line-up is bodhránist Callum Younger. Callum and Alasdair have worked together on a variety of projects and their inventive and powerful accompaniment provides a great platform for Beccy’s and Freya’s melodic interplay.
The Mollag Band
The Mollag Band need no introduction having been together for almost 20 years and have performed at Shennaghys Jiu on many occasions. The Mollags, as they’re affectionately known, perform an eclectic mix of self-penned songs and traditional material. Known for their songs of social and political comment in both Manx Gaelic and English, the band is popular with festivals, having performed in Lorient, Cwlwm Celtaidd Celtic Festival of Wales and Yn Chruinnaght Inter- Celtic Festival to name but a few. The band has featured on Celtic compilations and has made three of its own recordings to date.
Jamie Smith is one of the UK’s finest semi-decent accordionists and writers of new tunes that he often tries to make sound like really good old ones, which he actually prefers.
Born in South Wales, Jamie, aged 36, fronts the ageing interceltic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon. With Mabon, Jamie has performed all over the World: grand outdoor spectaculars in France; folk festivals in the UK; delirious allcomers in Mexico; forest parks in Italy; waterfront shows in Australia and castles in Poland. But never to more than seventeen people at a time.
Mabon has released six albums to date, all featuring Jamie’s original compositions, which he has scratched onto some bark and released as a collection called Tunesmith. See what he did there?
When he’s not on tour, Jamie lives with his family in Peel where he enjoys the quiet and contemplative life of an ice-cream eater.Jamie will be joined at Shennaghys Jiu by a non-descript accompanist that he is hesitant to name in case he develops an attachment to them. It will no doubt be some bloke on a guitar. If he did have a name it would probably be Paul.
Adam is a singer and guitarist based in the Isle of Man, after spending several years studying and gigging around the north west of the UK crafting his art and playing the acoustic circuit in venues such as Alexander’s, The Raven Folk Club and Telford’s Warehouse, Adam returned to the IOM and began work on a new EP.
Adam subsequently won the Young/Singer Songwriter of Man competition and spent time further honing his sound which can be described as deeply rooted in Folk, Americana and Alternative Country, slotting in with the modern breed of singer/songwriters who are seeking a more organic folksy sound, harking back to a simpler time of music. The combination of stripped back acoustic tones and honest vocals makes for an intimate performance.
Find out more about Adam Melvin and like his music page at: www.facebook.com/adammelvinmusic
Matt Kelly has taken part on Shennaghys Jiu many times over the years, including the very first one, on guitar and mandolin duty with acts such as King Chiaullee, Strengyn and The Reeling Stones, plus many ad-hoc collaborations along the way.
This year sees him performing on acoustic guitar as a solo act for the first time. The music is all self written and features Celtic-themed instrumentals as you might expect, plus more contemporary songs with vocals, which you really might not expect!
Splann are a popular ceilidh band, based in Cornwall, that came together five years ago due to a shared love of Celtic music, culture and dance. Members of Splann have performed at numerous festivals, including Glastonbury, Yn Chruinnaght, Cwlwm Celtaidd and (of course) Lowender Peran – Cornwall’s own Celtic festival. They’ve become regular faces at Shennaghys Jiu, with this year being their third time performing at the festival since 2013. This year’s incarnation of their line-up sees piano accordion, guitar and fiddle accompanied by three traditional dancers. As always, they will endeavour to live up to their name – ‘Splann’ means ‘bright’ in Cornish – with a combination of traditional ceilidh and challenge dances; when the broomstick comes out beware!
Greta Curtin is a concertina player based in Co. Kerry in Ireland.
After combining her music career with work and college over the last few years, she has recently decided to dedicate her time solely to music. With upwards to 100 students a week she is teaching music full time. Greta has toured with gaelforce dance and celtic legends as well as other groups and has visited many locations all over Europe and the United States. During the summers she is a show supervisor in Siamsa Tire , the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. Over the past few years she has also been involved in the revival of the Brosna Ceili Band to partake in the Fleadh Cheoils during the summer. Greta is currently rehearsing and putting together some music to record her first EP.
The Kerry Dancers
The Kerry Dancers, a group of hugely talented artists in the genre of Irish Music, Song & Dance.
Our dancers, all members of the Hegarty Irish Dance Academy, have travelled far and wide, performing at workshops and festivals, teaching our dance art to people from all over the world. Each of our dancers are recipients of awards in their own right, from Regional competitions right up to National level.
Our musicians, again, hold some of the highest accolades in Irish music performance, from National Awards and medals, to appearances on various national television programmes. The instruments range from accordion, flute, tin whistle & banjo to the Irish bodhrán. This group of musicians are certain to raise the roof in any venue.
Ultimately, it is the love of Irish dance, song and music that has brought this group together.
Having previously performed at Shennaghys Jiu on two occasions, we are delighted and honoured to be back again this year. Get your dancing shoes ready, your vocal chords tuned up and dust off that old tin whistle, the Kerry Dancers are going to have your toes tapping in their show stopping performance.
(Photo courtesy of The Next Big Thing)
Scran are a group of eight young musicians with a passion for Manx music. They formed after attending Bree workshops organised by Culture Vannin and have been mentored by local musicians Paul Rogers and Cairistiona Dougherty.
Scran members Mera, Owen, Jack, Raygie, Aerin, Callum, Fraser and James all live in different parts of the Island, but they have become great friends and love playing music together. They recently took 2nd place in the Junior Achievement’s The Next Big Thing.
Kirsty and Katie have been playing traditional music together for nearly 30 years, playing at festivals such as Speyfest, Lowender Perran and Celtic Connections alongside local festivals Yn Chruinnaght
and Shennaghys Jiu. They play a mixture of traditional and contemporary Manx tunes, many composed by Katie, and their aim is to create arrangements where the pure beauty of the tunes is able to shine.
On this occasion they are joined for a couple of sets by their brother Mark; a rare event indeed! All three siblings are active members of the wider music scene on the Isle of Man playing between them the piano, fiddle, cello, guitar, whistles and singing the odd song. The Lawrences are delighted to be participating in Shennaghys Jiu this year and look forward to meeting you all over the weekend
Founded in 1982, Ny Fennee is a dynamic young dance group, based in the North of the Island. Under the leadership of Juan Garrett and Sue-Ling Jaques, the group works hard to evolve traditional dances along new lines. Ny Fennee means ‘The Heroes’ in Manx Gaelic.
The group has its own musicians who accompany them at the many performances they give throughout the Island during the year. These range from dancing at civic occasions and fairs to calling ceilidhs. Ny Fennee has supported the ‘Dance Mann’ competition run by the Isle of Man Arts Council since its inception and have won the traditional dance section as well as finishing runners up in the overall group performance category, competing against a variety of dance genres. Last year the group travelled to Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany to represent the Isle of Man.
Skeddan Jiarg (‘Red Herring’ in Manx) was formed in 2014 with the idea of encouraging young children in the West to learn Manx dancing. Many of the adult members of the team come from other long standing dance groups on the island and have now come together with their children to form this relatively new group. The youngest member of Skeddan Jiarg is just three years old but this hasn’t stopped them travelling away to festivals to show off their skills! Skeddan Jiarg’s repertoire is a combination of traditional Manx dances, new Manx dances… and lots of laughs!
Sharon Rye School of Dance
The Sharon Rye School of Dance is an award wining Performing Arts School and has been teaching and creating stars for the past 35 years. The aim of the School is to naturally boost a child’s confidence through dancing. They are a multi award winning school who have competed at many festivals and Championships and pride themselves on representing the Isle of Man. Last year the group danced in a number of events, including championships held in Belfast, Dublin and London. They achieved more than 100 gold medals throughout the dance year, trophy podium places and top ten All –Ireland sashes as well.
Yn Tarroo Marroo
The Tarroo Marroo Ceili Band is based on the Isle of Mann and plays primarily Manks / Manx traditional music as well as other Celtic music – Irish, Scottish etc. We provide music for dancing for all ages and are available for functions such as weddings, social gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries etc.
The Tides are an acoustic band who started as a duo attending open mic nights in the north of the Isle of Man. After receiving encouraging feedback the original duo of Kaysee Craine (Vocals) and Danny Foulis (Rhythm guitar) decided to build the band into a four piece and enrolled the musical talents of Iain Roy (Lead Guitarist) and Charlie Crowe (Drummer). Over the past 2 years they have played many independent gigs and local festivals, performing popular covers and a few original songs which have really caught on with the locals.
With exciting support gigs lined up they now intend to focus on their original music to showcase what they can really do! Whilst playing and writing their original songs in the past they have been accompanied by fantastic local musicians all familiar with playing during Shennagys Jui and look forward to possibly having them join the band for a number or two for their first time playing this festival!…
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