The final line up is almost complete!
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!
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.
Mec Lir was formed in 2014 by three of the Isle of Man’s most well respected trad musicians and one of Scotland’s freshest new talents. The band – Tomás Callister (fiddle), David Kilgallon (keyboards), Adam Rhodes (guitar/ bouzouki) and Greg Barry (drums and vocals) – released their debut CD, Not An EP, in 2014. Their upbeat and energetic attitude and presence, brings fun pop sounding backing to lightening fast reels and jigs, a magical cocktail of traditional Celtic music. The band made their Celtic Colours debut in 2015 and were such a hit, they were welcomed back in 2016. What do you get when you mix together three of the Isle of Man’s most well respected trad musicians with one of Scotland’s fresh up and coming talents? Mec Lir! Formed in 2014, Mec Lir have had audiences up on their feet from their home turf of the Isle of Man and Scotland, to places like Cape Breton and Brittany with their infectious brand of ‘trad pop’. They create the perfect blend of celtic tunes and modern backing, with the melody still playing the key role. The band consists of virtuosic Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister, along with Adam Rhodes on bouzouki (both also members of Ímar), David Kilgallon on keyboard and Greg Barry on drums (who performed at last year’s festival with The Elephant Sessions). The band’s had a busy few years, including going viral on Facebook with a video reaching over 2 million views, and playing at festivals such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Plans are now afoot to record a new (second) album in early 2017. So keep your ears to the ground and your feet tapping! Mec Lir will make you move, lhiem mygeayrt!
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!
TRIP are a new six-piece trad band based in Glasgow that encompass music from the cultures and traditions of Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
All currently in their first year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they began playing together through informal freshers week sessions in September, and instantly clicked through their shared love of traditional music.
Their combination of melodies from Newcastle accordionist Michael Biggins, Sligo flautist Tiernan Courell, Manx fiddler Isla Callister, Lewis singer Mairi Maclennan and versatile accompaniment of fellow Scots Rory Matheson (piano) and Craig Baxter (bodhran) produce a powerful, driven and energetic sound that contrasts from fast jigs and reels to captivating Gaelic song.
With their debut live performances coming during Celtic Connections 2017 at the Danny Kyle Awards (30th January) and supporting the renowned “ATLAS” (2nd February), TRIP look to make a big impact this year.
Antón Davila & Xosé Liz de Cea
Antón Davila was born in Beluso, Pontevedra County, Galicia (Spain) in 1974. He started playing the Galician pipes at the age of 7. When he first played with the pipe band “Novos Ventos”, he toured all over Galicia as well as the great cities in Spain. In 1990 he left the pipe band and he entered the Music School to learn to play the piano. He also attended some master-classes conducted by well-known pipers.
In 1997 he travelled to Dublin to immerse himself in Irish music. During this period he learned to play the Irish pipes in the headquarters of Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Society of Uilleann Pipers).
He continue to work as a regular teacher of Galician pipes for Galician immigrants all over Europe and America and at present he’s a member of the bands ARAN, BELADONA and CELTAS CORTOS and also a documentaries soundtrack composer and studio musician.
Xosé Liz de Cea is a very well known artist in Folk Music.
Xosé Liz plays the bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, pipes, Irish flute & Requinta flute. He is a professor at the Traditional Music School of Vigo (Galicia). Xosé Liz also makes music for documentaries, films, theatre, international expositions, children’s shows, puppet shows…
He has also collaborated with some of the greatest artists in the folk music industry, like Alasdair Fraser, Michael McGoldrick, Dónal Lunny, Lúnasa, Andy Narell and many others! He plays in many great international folk bands who play around the world as: Lizgairo, Riobó, Anxo Lorenzo Band, Aran, Belladonna and Sondeseu Folk – International Orchestra
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.
Becky Hurst, originally from the Isle of Man, plays the whistle and Anglo concertina and studied on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. Becky performs traditional Manx and Irish music as well as performing her own compositions.
(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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