The festival committee are currently finalising acts for the festival! However we look forward to welcoming back many of our local groups and some familiar faces.
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.
Adam Melvin 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!
Iolo is a familiar face on the Isle of Man since his first visit here, which is more years ago than he cares to admit. Best known in these parts as the drummer in Mabon (and as “Rachel’s husband”!), he teaches and plays extensively across his native south Wales.
His percussion workshops are an informal exploration of rhythm for *everybody*, experts and novices alike. Come to wield some drumsticks at the closest chair and enjoy the group rhythms you can create – and do bring your instrument (percussion or otherwise!) if you fancy!
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.
(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.
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!
Claasagh is the name for the Manx harp ensemble created and led by inter-Celtic harp specialist, Rachel Hair.
Made up of her Manx pupils, Claasagh have performed at various events on the Isle of Man, including Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival and as support for Rachel’s own trio.
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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