Looking ahead to Shennaghys Jiu

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SHENNAGHYS Jiu youth festival will take place in Ramsey and St John’s over the weekend of April 8-11 and promises to be a lively weekend for all fans of Celtic music and dance, featuring local and visiting performers.

Returning to the festival is champion Scots piper Ben Gibbs together with Highly Flung, a group of 18- to 26-year- olds, who have performed at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as much further afield.

The group was founded by Christine Wilson, a former world champion Highland dancer who retired last year.

There is also a welcome return to the festival of Smack the Donkey, a group who play traditional Irish music – so there will be many a lively tune to be heard at the sessions, concerts and ceilidhs.

Friday, April 8: 7pm, Schools concert at Scoill Ree Gorree, Ramsey; 8.30pm, Family Ceilidh at the Masonic hall, Ramsey.

Saturday, April 9: noon, Food and Folk, Mitre Hotel, Ramsey; 3pm, Bree youth traditional music session, Ramsey Town Hall; 7.30pm, concert with visiting artists at Scoill Ree Gorree Theatre, Ramsey.

Sunday, April 10: 2.30pm, acoustic concert at St John’s Church; 8pm, Ceilidh, Masonic hall, Ramsey. Monday, April 11: noon, Food and Folk, Trafalgar Hotel, Ramsey; 8pm, Rocking at Bar Logo, Ramsey.

Shennaghys Jiu began in 1998 to give young musicians a chance to perform alongside other local groups and with musicians from visiting Celtic countries.

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