manx celtic music and dance

One of the most well-known Manx children’s songs today is Arrane Queeyl-Nieuee (Song of the Spinning Wheel) - also known as Spin, Wheel, Spin! or Snieu, wheeyl, snieu!

The song connects to the story of “The Lazy Wife” – a woman who is far too ‘traa-dy-liooar’ to get the spinning done.



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  • Snieu Wheeyl Snieu performed by the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh

  • Clapping pattern composed by Platform Theatre Seniors


Song performed by Annie Kissack

Pronunciation guide

Piano accompaniment by Annie Kissack

Caarjyn Cooidjagh choral performance

The Lazy Wife from Manx Fairy Tales read by Julie Matthews