manx celtic music and dance

Caarjyn Cooidjagh is a group of singers based in the Isle of Man. Performing a selection of traditional and contemporary Manx songs, they usually sing arrangements in Manx Gaelic by the group’s director, Annie Kissack. The eight women and six men who make up the group come from various musical backgrounds, and, although they differ in their formal training, they share an enthusiasm for Manx culture and good music performed simply. Their busy yearly schedule usually includes ceilis, church services, music festivals and community events.

Here they are in action at the Cooish Inter-Gaelic Festival

Caarjyn Cooidjagh means ‘friends together’ in Manx Gaelic.


2008  Skellyn

2004  Carval Chreneash

2000  The Promised Land

1999  Cronnane

Representation at festivals:

2010   Cooish Inter-Gaelic Festival

2010   Aviles Beltaine Inter-Celtic Festival, Asturias, Spain

2009   Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival



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  • Caarjyn Cooidjagh - Padjer

    Padjer Colum Killey

    (St Columba’s Prayer) This prayer to St Columba asks for God’s blessing on every window and door, on every place that lets in the moonlight, on the four corners of the house, on the place where I sleep and on myself.

  • Caarjyn Cooidjagh - Cre raad...?

    Cre raad t’ou goll, my chaillin veg dhone?
    (Where are you going, my little brown girl?) The words to this song come from a collection of ballads noted by A W Moore in the late 19th century. The song is a conversation between a young man and woman, he asking her where she’s going and if he can accompany her and she replying that she’s going milking and yes, he can come along…