THE Cooish – Manx Language Week – begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until November 14.
It will feature concerts, workshops and music and language sessions with Manx musicians and singers as well as visiting performers from Ireland and Scotland.
One of the highlights will be an inter-Gaelic concert at Peel Centenary Centre, on Friday, November 13 at 8pm.
From Scotland one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Gold Medal at the National Mod, Mairi MacInnes, will be joined by Sineag MacIntyre, another Mod winner and rising star of the Gaelic singing world.
These highly acclaimed Gaelic singers will be joined by Mark Sheridan, a talented instrumentalist and composer and leading light in the Scottish traditional music scene for many years.
Mairi has become a well established singer and is often heard on television and radio. She has recorded and performed with Runrig, and has released many CDs of her own including Causeway (1992),This Feeling Inside (1995), Orosay (2001), Tickettyboo (2002) as well as a CD with Cor Meibion Llangwm, Ysbryd y Gael. She continues to tour extensively, combining this with teaching at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Sineag released a CD Lithean Sgoile when she was still at school and had already won the Traditional Gold Medal at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon in 2006 before her Gold Medal triumph this year in Oban.
Mark has worked with Celtic Connections and other festivals as well as with the Feisean Nan Gaidheal movement and designed the first degree in Scotland to take traditional musicians into a degree programme in 1993.
From Ireland there will be talented musicians put together especially for the festival by piper and bouzouki player, Aodn Mac Shafraidh. All are fluent Gaelic speakers, Aodn works as development officer with Comhairle na Gaelscolaochta and with other language groups such as Glr Dhl Riada.
Maeve McKibben (flute) has made many appearances on television and is well-known for organising sessions, concerts and festivals. She works as an Irish language teacher.
Weaved around the Irish and Scottish performers will be some of the Island's own talented singers. Clare Kilgallon and Annie Kissack, directors respectively of the two Manx Gaelic choirs, will be performing some duets and the performers will be introduced by Phil Gawne.
Tickets for the concert are available on the door, priced 7 (5 concessions).
The Cooish festival is supported by Cains, the Isle of Man Arts Council and Manx Heritage Foundation under the auspices of Yn Cheshaght Ghailckagh.
There are plenty of other events taking place during the Cooish too (see below). For more information about any of the events contact Manx language officer Adrian Cain on 838527 or 451098.
Cooish programme of events
Saturday, Nov 7: Classes for beginners and conversational Manx for those who have some Gaelg, Eary Cushlin, 10am to 4pm. Late Music and Manx – Kiaull as Gaelg, Eary Cushlin, 7pm.
Sunday, Nov 8: Classes for beginners and conversational Manx, Eary Cushlin, 10am to 2pm.
Monday, Nov 9: Official launch of Manx Gaelic Youth Club in Peel, Peel Youth Centre, 7pm to 9pm.
Tuesday, Nov 10: Manx at the Rovers in Douglas, suitable for improvers, from 1 to 2pm. Also Manx conversation at Java in Duke Street, 4pm to 6pm.
Wednesday, Nov 11: Arrane son Mannin/ Song for Mannin competition, Masonic Hall, Peel, 8pm to 10pm.
Thursday, Nov 12: Lecture in Manx Gaelic at St John's Mill with Bob Carswell, 7.30pm to 9pm.
Friday, November 13: Music from the Gaelic speaking world at the Centenary Centre, Peel, 8pm to 10pm.
Saturday, November 14: Ned Maddrell lecture in English at St John's Mill with Jenefer Lowe from the Cornish Language Partnership 2pm to 3.30pm. 9pm: Late music and language session at the Albert in Port St Mary.