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Premiere of Creeaght - new music by Isla Callister

Wed, 20 Jul 2022

The role women have played in Manx history has long been overlooked, marginalised and hidden from view. Creeaght, meaning courage in Manx, is a musical project that attempts to address this inequality.

Featuring music and illustrations that have been inspired by the lives and experiences of women who have shaped the history of the Isle of Man from the late 1800s to the present day, Creeaght explores different narratives, places and points in time. Commissioned by Culture Vannin, Manx musician Isla Callister will be returning to the island to perform her new composition, with an all-woman ensemble, at Peel Centenary Centre as part of the Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering (on 27th July). An exhibition of especially commissioned images by award-winning illustrator Jo Davies and accompanying texts, provides a visual background to the performance and can be seen in the Athol room during the festival.

Courage comes in many forms and it is what connects the women who are the focal point for the project : cultural figurehead Sophia Morrison, minority rights campaigner Angèle Kneale and CALM- The Handmaidens Tale – (the women behind the law-changing campaign for abortion reform). Throughout their lives, they collaborated with, and empowered others, and in overcoming their own adversities they paved the way for women on the Isle of Man. Their remarkable stories are bound together in the story of Mann

and collectively, their activism in the fields of Manx culture, language, music, healthcare, and social reform has shaped and changed the course of our island’s history.

To learn more about the lives and work of Sophia Morrison, Angèle Kneale, CALM and Handmaids IOM, visit www.islacallister.com/Creeaght.


Yn Chruinnaght - Celtic Gathering 2022 

Wednesday 27th July @ 7:30pm - Peel Centenary Centre 

£10 / £5 Under 16s 


Composer and Musician: Isla Callister

With ensemble:

Anna Garvin

Kirsty Lawrence

Katie Lawrence

Ruth Keggin

Annie Kissack

Mera Royle