Scottish And Manx Music For Your Start Of The Week.

Pipedown is a band from Scotland  under Greentrax records. It’s the same record label that brought us the wonderful vocals of Fiona J Mackenzie.  If you like your Scottish pipe music as quirky and upbeat,  then this  band will satisfy your cravings. The extensive use of poly-rhythms and solid  harmonies make them a force in the Scottish Folk scene. They are currently working on a third album.


Lee Moore-Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Smallpipes

Steve Reid-Guitar

Axel Campbell-Mandolin

Stevie Fivey-Percussion

I love this solo from Lee Moore


Acapella group Caarjyn Cooidjagh from the Isles of Man have been warming  ears from both sides of the Atlantic with their blend of  folk hymns and subtle arrangements. Like Irish or Scottish music, I would characterize Manx to be on the same league in terms of subtlety and gentleness of tone.  They sing in their native Manx dialect which calls to mind(like all Celtic music) the maritime beauty and the mystery of the sea. Beautiful, at times energetic but generally relaxing. This is worth a listen.

Check this video called Cre raad t’ou goll, my chaillin veg dhone?(Where are you going, my little brown girl?)  a youtube site.

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…

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 nine women and five 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.

Caarjyn Cooidjagh means ‘friends together’ in Manx Gaelic.

For more information on booking this band for your festival please contact

Filmed by the Manx Heritage Foundation for the promotional DVD Manx Music & Dance/ Kiaull as Rinkey


Music News & Gigs

Liam Ó Maonlaí & Glen Hansard @ Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland

07 March · 20:00 – 23:00

Wexford Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

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Tickets €17.50 including booking fee available from WaV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] and On sale Friday February 18th, 10 AM.


Today at 21:00 – Tomorrow at 00:00


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LIMITED NO of SPECIAL RE-LAUNCH TICKETS €12 ARE ON SALE AT THE HOTEL – MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE . ON SALE UNTIL Sun 20th or until all sold.Spring Sessions Launch Mon 21st Feb 9.15[m till late…. with support.

The De Danann ensemble is lead by Frankie on fiddle, flutes and whistles.
Damien Mullane on accordion, Eric Cunningham on percussion, flutes and whistles, Mike Galvin on bouzouki and guitars and Michelle Lally on vocals.

A new Album entitled “Jigs, Reels and Rock ‘n’ Roll was released in Sept ’10 includes a Guest appearance by Ronnie Wood of the “Rolling Stones”.

“Frankie Gavin and De Danann are the jewel in the crown, and as the musicians hit top gear some of the fast reels in particular are mesmerizing! – The Irish Examiner

“Rightly heralded as the greatest Irish fiddle player, Frankie gavin has nothing left to prove… Gavin is a true fiddle-playing genius, one who continues to inspire and dumbfound in equal measure! – The Scotsman

Fiach Moriarty and Colm Lynch – RESCHEDULED FOR FEB 25TH

25 February · 20:00 – 23:30

The Cobblestone Back Room Venue

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Two of Ireland’s finest songwriters team up for a one-off Christmas special in Dublin’s Cobblestone. Meteor Award nominated Colm Lynch has received critical acclaim for his latest album Tickety Boo while similarly Fiach’s debut album So I was instantly made RTÉ 1’s ‘Album of the Week’ upon its release. Adm €7

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