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Bree - Manx traditional youth music and dance movement

Bree, Gleashaght Chiaull Tradishoonagh son Sleih Aegey 

BACKGROUND

Founded in 2006, Bree is a youth education movement celebrating Manx music and dance. Designed for school years 6 – 13 (ages 10 – 18), Bree, which is Manx for ‘vitality’, aims to both introduce and develop Manx culture within the Island’s young musicians and dancers and ensure that it remains a living tradition. This is realised through an annual weekend of music and dance workshops held in connection with the IOM Youth Service, monthly music sessions, performances at community events and busking in aid of local charities. As an umbrella group which includes members from all of the Island’s secondary schools and now welcomes year 6 students from the primary schools, Bree provides opportunities for youngsters who already sing, dance or play an instrument and are interested in Manx culture to socialise, share ideas and learn from more experienced musicians.

Watch this short video about Bree

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BREE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

The main Bree workshop weekend takes place during October/November half-term at Douglas Youth Centre. Voluntary tutors from the Manx traditional music scene offer tuition in vocal and instrumental techniques (such as whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano, harp and bodhrán), group playing, arranging, performance skills, song-writing and composing techniques, Manx dancing and drama. The use of Manx Gaelic is encouraged throughout. All of the students perform in a concert on the Sunday afternoon with sound and lighting provided by the Youth Service’s Sound Check crew. The weekend is £10 and places are limited.

WATCH MORE FILMS FROM BREE WEEKEND 2016 

Occasionally, other specialist workshops are organised, such as the Bree Fiddle School or Folkestra with Katie Lawrence, the Culture Vannin summer school (fees apply), or with visiting musicians.

There is also now a Bree Supergroup AKA Scran, run by tutor Paul Rogers and consisting of some of our more experienced students. The Bree Supergroup are available for public performances.

For further details email Dr. Chloë Woolley or tel. 01624 694758

MONTHLY SESSION

Throughout the rest of the year, Bree members meet one Saturday afternoon each month for an informal Manx music session, currently at Douglas Youth Centre. Our YouTube video will show you more! The Bree group also performs at Youth Service concerts, community events, local festivals and the group occasionally busk in aid of local charities. 

We are also a learning destination for Children's University.

BUSKING

Bree often busk for local charities. So far, Bree buskers have raised hundreds of pounds for Friends of Chernobyl’s Children, ACORN, Hands of Hope, BallaAfrica, the Youth Arts Centre, the Filipino Association of the Isle of Man and the One World Centre.Download the Christmas busking sheet music here 

BREE SESSION TUNE BOOK

Bree also has its own tune-book! A handy A5 spiral bound book with mix and match pages to arrange tunes into sets. Buy here

Check out Bree's student-run website