One For The Road

One For The Road

An evening of Magic with Magicians of Mann

The Magicians of Mann in conjunction with the Friends of Peel Centenary Centre present an evening of Magic!

Come and join them for a wonderful evening of family entertainment. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children.

Tickets available online or from Celtic Gold in Peel, Peter Norris Music in Douglas, Shakti Man in Ramsey and Thompson Travel in Port Erin.



Sugar T and The Swells featuring Sylvia Mason

Think Etta James, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Johnny Otis and Otis Redding: all the classic music of the ’50s and ’60s delivered hard-and-fast with energy, grit and a 21st century attitude!

Authentic soul and rhythm ‘n’ blues outfit Sugar T & The Swells are the slickest, sexiest, funkiest rock ’n’ roll band in town. Formed 20 years ago by charismatic frontman and natural showman Ralph Lamb, The Swells have played thousands of shows across the globe, honing their craft and building an impressive reputation. Featuring some of the hottest R n B vocalists on the scene, the Swells truly deliver Maximum Vintage R n B with style!

Please note that the capacity of the Theatre will be reduced to allow for a dance floor.


Francesca May EP Launch

Some Kinda Wonderful

Some Kinda Wonderful – A celebration of Stevie Wonder

In this show, award-winning saxophonist Derek Nash has partnered with rock/soul vocalist Noel McCalla (former lead vocalist of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) to celebrate the music of Stevie Wonder in their ‘Some Kinda Wonderful’ concert.
This is an event not to be missed!
Derek Nash – Jools Holland, Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion
Noel McCalla – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Neil Angilley – Michael Ball & Alfie Bowe, Elaine Page
Nic France – Steven Wilson, Thomas Dalby
Tim Cansfield – Dexys Midnight Runners, Bee Gees
Jonathan Noyce – Jethro Tull, Gary Moore
Tickets available online or from:
Celtic Gold in Peel
Shakti Man in Ramsey
Thompson Travel in Port Erin
GH Corlett the Jewellers in Douglas

Summerland Memorial Concert

An evening with Mark Cocker

Acclaimed naturalist and Guardian writer, Mark Cocker, will discuss his views on the future of Britain’s wildlife and invite comments from the audience. Mark will also sign copies of his new book Our place.

Environmental thought and politics have become parts of mainstream cultural life in Britain. The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, that are now so embedded in public life with millions of members?

From the flatlands of Norfolk to the tundra-like expanse of the Flow Country in northern Scotland, acclaimed writer on nature Mark Cocker sets out on a personal quest through the British countryside to find the answers to these questions.

He explores in intimate detail six special places that embody the history of conservation or whose fortunes allow us to understand why our landscape looks as it does today. We meet key characters who shaped the story of the British countryside – Victorian visionaries like Octavia Hill, founder of the National Trust, as well as brilliant naturalists such as Max Nicholson or Derek Ratcliffe, who helped build the very framework for all environmental effort.

This is a book that looks to the future as well as exploring the past. It asks searching questions like who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Above all it attempts to solve a puzzle: why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet they have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? Radical, provocative and original, Our Place tackles some of the central issues of our time. Yet most important of all, it tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens.

Thursday 28 June at the Centenary Centre, 22 Atholl Street, Peel, IM5 1BD at 7:30 PM Bar & refreshments.

Cost – £10 plus booking fee

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A CONCERT in the Atholl Room at the Centenary Centre in Peel on Sunday, October 7 will remember the life and times of country blues legend Mississippi John Hurt.

The show, featuring Mississippi John Hurt biographer and musician Dr Phil and country blues musician Blue John (John Gregory), will celebrate the 90thanniversary of Hurt’s legendary 1928 recordings in Memphis for the Okeh label.

Dr Phil (Phil Ratcliffe) – who wrote the critically acclaimed biography Mississippi John Hurt, His Life, His Times, His Blues, will be performing Mississippi John Hurt songs as well as telling stories about the guitar legend’s rise to prominence as an icon of the country blues.

The biography is now available in paperback.

There will also be a set by Blue John, a country blues guitarist who is a huge Mississippi John Hurt fan and has opened shows for a number of leading blues and roots music performers both in the Isle of Man and the UK.  John lives in the Isle of Man and is also part of the blues duo Blue John and Papa Cass and a concert promoter and guitar teacher.

Dr Phil and Blue John will also team up for some duo performances as part of the show. They are no strangers to performing together as they were the special guests during world-renowned country blues guitarist Ari Eisinger’s 2017 British Isles tour.

Tickets, priced £10, are available online at and also by ringing John on 204320 or by emailing him at

Narropera – Don Giovanni

In partnership with Hospice Isle of Man (Patron: The Lieutenant Governor) and in the presence of HE Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO
NARROPERA returns to the Peel Centenary Centre. Mozart’s greatest opera, Don Giovanni, follows on from previous Narropera performances of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and of Così fan tutte.
A German reviewer recently described narropera as a Tale for Grown-Ups, in which narration and music are perfectly balanced. A second German critic observed that the recent invention of narropera (narrated opera) is timely, that opera can benefit from such a treatment whereby the work of the librettist (the playwright), ie the story itself, is placed on an equal footing with the music.
The Isle of Man with its celtic, bardic tradition, with its love of things direct and straight-forward, with its love of common appeal, entertainment and poetry, should by nature be well-suited to the format, narropera, and indeed since the very invention of narropera it has been.
The German journalists have addressed the very nub of narropera, the artistic condensing of an opera into a new art form, part narration, part music, throughout entertaining yet still enlightening, lasting no more than 80 to 85 minutes.
When one normally thinks of opera, today, one thinks primarily of music, of singing and of the visual challenge of sets and costumes. It is hard to realise that a couple of centuries ago in the 1700s, albeit a generation before Mozart, composers in general were considered much less important than the great poet-librettists, the actual story-tellers of opera. Lorenzo da Ponte, the brilliant librettist of The Marriage of Figaro, of Così fan tutte and of Don Giovanni, belongs in that same top drawer of such story-tellers, witty, poetic, dramatic and virtuosic.
Narropera’s opportunity is both, to provide the seasoned opera-goer with an enjoyable and informative way of seeing the source of their operatic passion through a new prism and, to provide the opera first-timer with an inviting, friendly format through which to try out an art form which might otherwise seem to be rather too complex.
The Mozart Narropera Trio (see FB page) of Dorothee Jansen soprano, Floriane Peycelon violin, and Haydn Rawstron narrator and piano, presents Lorenzo da Ponte/Mozart’s justly famous ‘Don Giovanni’ in the Peel Centenary Centre on Saturday 23rd June. This will be the fifth narropera performance on the Isle of Man since January 2013, when Haydn and Dorothee invented the new format as a response to earthquake damage to theatres and concert halls throughout Christchurch, New Zealand. What began life as a stop-gap immediately flourished and, with the Peel Don Giovanni later this month, narropera will clock-up its 71st performance.
Don Giovanni is regarded by many opera fans as the best-ever opera written and the work’s stella-reputation owes much to its riveting story. It is perhaps therefore not coincidental that Don Giovanni was Mozart’s greatest success during his lifetime.
Narropera prioritises the virtue of clarity, striking a careful balance between narrative and musical components, such as to enable the listener to imagine the various situations and characters, as a child would, when read to at bed-time. The story provokes the music, which in turn enhances the story and, for that stimulating synthesis to occur, one needs greater exposure to the story than is usual in opera performances.
Narropera returns to PEEL, Centenary Centre Saturday, 23rd June 2018, 8pm
W. Mozart/da Ponte: ‘Don Giovanni’, as narropera
Dorothee Jansen (soprano), Floriane Peycelon (violin) Haydn Rawstron (narrator/piano)
Tickets: or Peter Norris, GH Corlett, Celtic Gold, Shakti Man, Thompson Travel or on the night @ Centenary Centre
£15 pound, free for under 18s