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Shennaghys Jiu celebrates 15 years

Fri, 06 Apr 2012

The start of the Easter holidays saw another fabulous Shennaghys Jiu Celtic youth festival with an action-packed programme of concerts, ceilidhs, sessions and workshops. Predominantly a platform for young Manx performers, this year’s festival showcased school groups Share na Veg, Ny Fennee, Bee er dty Hwoaie, Bree, Ballacottier and the Dhoon School alongside visiting acts Kavan Donohoe and Cairde from Ireland and Nae Reel Ceilidh Band from Scotland.
There was also an ad-hoc appearance from singer-songwriter, Mickey Madden of Irish band Barefoot, who stumbled across the festival whilst working on the Island last week!
Sessions ran into the early hours and many musicians were up at 6am for the first time in a long time!
Local Manx talent also included Barrule, Gilbert O’Sullivan & Friends, Beccy Hurst, Juan Hendy, Adam Melvin, Erika Kelly and Malcolm Stitt, Tarroo Marroo Ceili Band and The Mollag Band.
The festival committee is very grateful to its sponsors, most notably the Manx Heritage Foundation, Cemex and the IOM Arts Council.
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Photo: Bob Fennell