All new Three Legs Festival
THE busy Three Legs Festival – six days of music, songwriting, arts and culture across Douglas, Peel and Ramsey – starts on Sunday with the album launch of folk maestros LAU at Peel Centenary Centre, with support from harpist Erika Kelly and Scottish multi-instrumentalist Malcom Stitt.
From there, the programme remains varied and vibrant, with more than 40 events in this first year of the festival.
Official website www.threelegsfestival.com features a full schedule with details of tickets, start times, venues and of all the visiting and local headline and supporting artists – although here, What Where When sifts through the details of the programme to give you a taster of the imminent artistic merriment.
On Monday October 29, the Youth Arts Centre in Douglas hosts three events: a songwriting workshop from Brighton singer and veteran of eight studio albums Chris T-T, ‘Using Social Media and Other Online Tools’ on how to get music out to the public, followed by a workshop in arrangements from LAU accordion player Martin Green and a fiddle workshop from bandmate Aidan O’Rourke.
Welsh songstress Jess Morgan makes her first appearance of the festival that afternoon in the first of the free daily lunchtime gigs, Soundbites, at the Villa Marina Arcade at 12pm, followed by Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival award winner Gary Quinn at 1pm. Up the road at Peter Norris Music LAU guitarist and singer Kris Drever will deliver a songwriting workshop and question and answer session.
The evening concerts come from Chris T-T at the Northern Lights Community Centre in Ramsey at 8pm, while the Villa Marina Arcade hosts an evening with The Waterboys frontman Mike Scott, who will read from his book of memoirs, followed by an acoustic set from long-time bandmate Steve Wicham (Waterboys, U2, Sinead O’Connor band).
It all finishes with a light night music session at Amber bar on Loch Promenade in Douglas from 10.30pm.
On Tuesday morning Jess Morgan is back to deliver a workshop, Songwriting With Confidence, at the Youth Arts Centre, before heading the Villa Marina Arcade for Soundbites, where she will play after Chris T-T. Afterwards, at 2pm in the arcade, Chris delivers his ‘Disobedience’ show, singing the poems of AA Milne.
Earlier, at 12.30pm Gary Quinn gives a songwriting workshop, ‘Three and a Half Minute Movie’, at Peter Norris Music.
Back at the Youth Arts Centre at 6.30pm is the Songwriter’s Circle, where Chris T-T, Jess Morgan, and Manx musicians Christy D and Matt Creer will introduce the stories behind their songs.
The evening show, at 8pm in the Villa Marina Arcade, is Catfish Keith’s Country Blues Night, with the footstomping bottleneck slide guitarist Keith, and support from Gary Quinn. Another late session at Amber follows at 10.30pm.
On to Wednesday morning, and Matt Creer gives a songwriting workshop at the Youth Arts Centre at 10.30am, while the Soundbites free concert at 12pm at the Villa Marina Arcade comes from Gary Quinn. The afternoon workshop at Peter Norris Music comes from Catfish Keith who’ll deliver a session on dynamic slide guitar.
Wednesday is also Hop-tu-Naa, and the Manx Heritage Foundation is getting involved in the festival with an afternoon of events at the Villa Marina Arcade, starting at 2pm with facepainting and a turnip lantern workshop from John ‘Dog’ Callister.
At 4pm there will be Hop-tu-Naa song and dance from the MHF music development team Breesha Maddrell and Chloe Wooley, before Manx drumming ensemble SambaMann bring the events in the Arcade to a climax at 6pm.
The Manx Heritage Foundation team returns for a concert at the Youth Arts Centre at 8pm, Manx music maestros Katie Lawrence and Tom Callister and the Barefoot Quartet.
Also at 8pm Jess Morgan performs at the Northern Lights Community Centre, and back in Douglas the Amber late session rounds off the day.
Kicking of Thursday’s schedule is a songwriting masterclass from legend Benny Gallagher, limited to 15 people and discussing overcoming obstacles like writer’s block, burn out and repetition.
At 12.30pm at the Youth Arts Centre local virtuoso Simon Campbell gives a workshop on electric guitar set ups, tone, tips and tricks.
The Soundbites concert at the Villa Marina arcade comes from Texan singer songwriter Jarrod Dickenson, a man compared vocally to Tom Waits, at 12pm, followed by Matt Creer at 1pm.
Also at the arcade at 3pm, Belinda O’Hooley will offer a workshop called Miracles in Music – reflecting her 17 years working with elderly patients and some of the miraculous results that can emerge from using music to evoke memories. At 6.30pm at the Youth Arts Centre there is a second up close and personal Songwriter’s Circle, this time featuring Jarrod Dickenson, Simon Campbell and Barry Nelson, before the evening’s concert back at the Villa Marina Arcade where Benny Gallagher performs with support from local songbird Katherine Crowe, and the Amber late session concludes the day.
Friday is the final day of the festival, and begins with a songwriting workshop from Jarrod Dickenson at 10.30pm at the Youth Arts Centre, followed at 12.30pm with a second workshop from Matt Creer.
Barry Nelson leads the charge for the Soundbites concert at 12pm, followed by another appearance from Jarrod Dickenson at 1.10pm. Still at the arcade, Val Nelson of Manxknits will lead an arts and craft workshop at 2.30pm.
Two performances at 8pm round off the festival, with majestic folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow at the Centenary Centre in Peel, with support from Matt Creer, while Jarrod Dickenson performs at Ramsey’s Northern Lights Community Centre.
Many events, performances and workshops are free of charge, while others are ticketed.
Check the website for full details, and see http://www.eTickets.im/jp for workshop tickets and tickets for the evening events at the Youth Arts Centre (or on the door).
Tickets for all the evening Arcade concerts are on sale from the Villa Marina box offices, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, online at www.villagaiety.com or from the hotline on 600555.
Tickets for the Peel concerts are available from Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Celtic Gold in Peel, Thompson Travel in Port Erin, and Shakti Man and Northern Lights Community Centre in Ramsey.
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