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Celton-Manx & Culture Vannin project - trad music and dance in residential homes

Mon, 19 Aug 2019

Culture Vannin have been awarded a Celton-Manx Recognition Grant to enable us to organise a programme of Manx traditional music and dance performances for the elderly residents of care homes all around the Isle of Man.

We propose starting the programme this autumn, and we are looking for soloists and groups of all ages who are interested in performing for around 45 minutes at one or more of the homes. The performers will receive a financial donation from Culture Vannin for their time. Depending on the space available, the performance could consist of a short variety show shared between 2-4 soloists (e.g. singer, instrumentalists and dancer), a small music group, or a whole choir or dance group.

Ideally, the performance will include as much Manx traditional material as possible (traditional tunes and dances, Manx Gaelic songs, well-known folk songs such as Ellan Vannin, Laxey Wheel, Hunt the Wren, etc.), although it may be appropriate to include a few widely-known popular songs for residents to join in with too.

We hope this project will lead to future interaction between Manx performers and the residential homes, provide some enjoyable entertainment that may inspire some of the residents to share memories of growing up in the Isle of Man, and equally, be a fulfilling experience for the performers.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email with the following information.

Name of soloist / group



If group, number of members (approx.)




Contact name/s



Contact email & tel. no.



Please circle all possibilities of suitable days and times for a visit.

Weekdays    Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri

                        morning / afternoon / evening

Weekend      Sat / Sun

                        morning / afternoon / evening



What kind of performance can you offer? Give examples of repertoire



Would you prefer to share the performance spot with others?


Do you have any restrictions on photography / press / social media?



Other requirements / considerations



NB. Personal data collected will only be used in relation to this project.