Imaginative musical powerhouse Ríoghnach set for gig

Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly

Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly

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A small but perfectly formed audience at Peel’s Centenary Centre will be in for a magical night on Saturday September 14, when acclaimed singer and flautist Ríoghnach Connolly will play a one-off gig of folk, jazz and blues.

Armagh-born Ríoghnach (pronounced ‘REE-ona’) is a musical powerhouse: while rooted in the Sean-nós tradition of her Celtic homeland, her talent, inquisitiveness and sheer love of music has seen her embrace the possibilities of a whole range of genres and flavours.

Her musical imagination has taken flight through numerous collaborations and projects - including Beware Soul Brother, Owl Dolls, Honeyfeet and Black Lung – while a seemingly tireless approach to live performance continues to win her new fans.

In the last year alone, she has played at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Green Man and Shambala festivals, and wowed live audiences everywhere from Sao Paolo to her present home city, Manchester. described her as ‘a voice that echoes back through the ages of jazz and soul, resonant and resplendent in glorious, exploding power and control’.

Couple this with a warm, exuberant stage presence, and you have something very special indeed.

On the 14th, Ríoghnach will be accompanied by her musical partner (and fiancé) Ellis Davies, with support from the Isle of Man’s own Loose Crew and Alanna McLean.

Ríoghnach’s visit to the Isle of Man has been organized by Dave McLean, whose previous bookings include Martin Simpson, Bassekou Kouyate and Baka Beyond.

This intimate gig, Dave’s first booking in some time, bodes well for the future of live music at the Centenary Centre.

For more information about Ríoghnach, visit, and

Tickets for the Peel gig are £10, which apparently ‘includes pizza’!

They are available on sale from Celtic Gold in Peel, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Shakti Man in Ramsey, Thompson Travel in Port Erin or online from

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