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MANX MUSIC & DANCE ON RTE with Donal Lunny

Fri, 03 Nov 2017


Irish Gaelic TV series The Celtic Songlines is a musical travelogue, representing a chronological journey, as Dónal Lunny travels the thousand miles from the Outer Hebrides to Galicia. As he travels, he records, building upon a series of carefully researched key tunes, layering and juxtaposing the traditional music of the Celtic nations.

Could traditional music, that passed on orally, hold real evidence, tangible clues to a common Celtic heritage? In episode 3, Donal travels to the Isle of Man where he met some local Gaelic musicians and Manx dancers. He also enjoys a tune or three with sibling Manx musicians Isla and Tom Callister who are based in Glasgow in episode 2.

The show is available on the RTE International Player for those outside Ireland, but we can watch some of the musical highlights on the Alchemy vimeo channel:

Isla and Tom Callister play Hop tu naa / Creg Willy Syl / Hie Mee Stiagh

Breesha Maddrell and Donal play Colbagh Breck

Aalin Clague & Donal sing Ushag Veg Ruy 

Frank and Lowenna Joughin dance Chyndaa yn Bwoailley

Three Little Boats/Girls’ Jig with Jamie and Grainne Joughin

Irish singer Zoe Conway sings Ushag Veg Ruy

MORE INFO: www.celticsonglines.com