Bed Among the Lentils

Join us in the Atholl Room for a performance of Alan Bennett’s ‘Bed Among the Lentils’ which will also include a two course supper.

Catering by Niarby Catering, Main meal choice is hotpot, chicken curry or vegetarian, plus gateaux, tea and coffee

Shennaghys Jiu – A Celtic Music Showcase

Welcome to Shennaghys Jiu 2017 . The  dates for this year’s festival are Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April.  This year’s festival is the 20th festival and as such we are planning to showcase much of our local talent, but also bring back some familiar faces who have helped make the festival such a success.

Once again a huge thank you goes out to all those who were involved in the organising, running and supporting of last year’s festival. We would, of course, especially like to thank our sponsors who again are invaluable to the success of the festival. They are all valuable and we continue to be grateful for their ongoing support.

Shennaghys Jiu is delighted to continue  to work with Culture Vannin  and are indebted to them for the support they have given from the start. We would also like to thank the Town of Ramsey  and the Ramsey Town Commissioners for the support and encouragement they have shown over the years, and hope they also feel the benefit of our vibrant and popular festival. We are also indebted for the continued support of Island Aggregates and welcome Corletts as another major sponsor to the festival.

Shennaghys Jiu is delighted to continue its support of local schools and we will continue to work with them to provide concerts and displays, but also give them a platform to display some of the fantastic artwork they produce. This can be viewed in Ramsey Town Hall from Monday 3d April.

As part of our celebrations, we are delighted to return to the Peel Centenary Centre to host an afternoon concert on Sunday 9th April. This will feature both local and visiting artists. It will be a concert featuring local super group, Mec Lir and Galician Duo, Antón Davila and Xosé Liz de Cea as well as Isla Callister’s new group Trip. It promises to be wonderful afternoon of traditional music.

We hope this year to build on the successes of previous years, and continue to provide enjoyable concerts and ceilidhs in the hope we can build on our family atmosphere and encourage new people to discover Manx Traditional Music and the joys a festival has to offer.

Shennaghys Jiu would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors and the local community to the festival and hope they enjoy all it has to offer.

Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood

Charlie Wood and Jacqui Dankworth present an intimate evening of the songs of Duke Ellington and other classic songs.  Two sublime voices in harmony singing the songs of great composers. Charlie is the 136th person to receive a Brass Note on Beale street, Memphis Tennessee and is now garnering rave reviews for his new album “New Souvenirs” out on Perdido Records co – produced by Jacqui and Charlie.


Join Ímar on the first date of their April 2017 Afterlight album launch tour!

Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, five-piece Ímar have created more than a bit of a stir in little over a year since their formation.

Their debut video, unleashed to the world during Celtic Connections 2016, has been viewed in excess of 200,000 times – whilst their touring credits already including the opening set at that year’s Cambridge Folk Festival (technically, the band’s first billed gig – a plaudit surely amongst as rare as they come) and headlining a stage at Belgium’s Dranouter Festival just a week later.

The Irish and Manx flavoured quintet now present their debut album – Afterlight – released on January 27, 2017, at their official Celtic Connections debut in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. This ahead of a UK launch tour in April, and numerous summer festivals including Denmark’s legendary Tønder Festival where they were one of the first six names to be announced for its 2017 outing.

With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene.

Adam Brown (bodhrán), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amini (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle) share a strong background in Irish music – although only Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a Glasgow native, and Brown originally from Suffolk – and it is these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material.

Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, centres on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions.

“definitely an act to watch!” Songlines

Architecture-on-Sea: The buildings that made the Seaside

‘Architecture-on-Sea: The buildings that made the Seaside’, Dr Kathryn Ferry Since the seaside began attracting visitors in the 18th century it has developed a range of unique building types that continue to give resorts a special sense of place. In this lecture Dr Kathryn Ferry explores the evolution of accommodation and entertainment buildings, alongside smaller structures such as promenade shelters and beach huts. Discussing the trends that defined the Victorian and inter-war eras she sets examples from the Isle of Man in the wider context of resorts competing with each other around the British coast.

Tickets £6. Available at

Doors and bar open from 6.30pm. Talk 7-8pm.

Film – A Mindful Choice

A Mindful Choice (formally known as Choice) is a feature-length documentary showing a diverse range of people making the choice for a better life through meditation.

Their stories show that peace is possible for individuals and communities – and suggests it may be possible for all of humanity.

They range from ballet dancers and writers to stressed businesspeople, cancer patients, foster children, and maximum security prisoners.

The Caffreys


Brothers Phil, Peter, & Paul Caffrey have been singing together for most of their lives. Whether at family parties or in the front garden to impress their neighbours in the Holy Cross area of Wallsend, they needed no excuse to sing.

Their professional singing career began when they secured a recording contract with DJM records, the home of Elton John. Their band, ‘Arbre’, was hailed as Britain’s answer to the Eagles, but after making two critically well received albums and touring with Fairport Convention and Jim Capaldi – amongst others – they went their separate ways.

The brothers then recorded for Phonogram records with noted producer Gus Dudgeon (David Bowie, Chris Rea, Lindisfarne, Elkie Brooks) but commercial success still eluded the Caffreys.

Phil Caffrey continued to write songs and it wasn’t long before he formed a new band to perform his material. Whilst ‘Caffrey’ gained a good local following for their melodic rock – headlining at Newcastle’s Mayfair Ballroom – it was Phil’s songwriting that gained the attention of major music publishers. This resulted in Kiki Dee recording a song he had co-written with another respected local musician – George Lamb.

After the demise of Caffrey, Phil kept his hand in by providing backing vocals for such diverse talents as heavy rock band Saxon and local hero Jimmy Nail, whilst continuing to write.

In the early nineties he formed ‘The Lion’s Share’ with his two brothers but again widespread acclaim eluded them.

And that could have been the end of the story, but…

The Caffreys 

In 1999 the brothers decided to form one more band together. Booking into Newcastle’s Cluny Studios with the cream of local musicians, they began to record and simultaneously return to playing live gigs.

Buoyed by the critical and public acclaim afforded to their live shows (standing room only being the order of the day) they released their debut (‘The Caffrey Brothers’) nationally in 2000, following growing demand.

Now performing regularly, they supported Lindisfarne at Bents Park, South Shields to an audience of 14,000. Meanwhile, the band’s profile continued to rise across the UK, playing festivals and venues beyond their native North East.

The band played two sell-out gigs at Newcastle’s Live Theatre in 2002 to promote their second CD, ‘Face on My T-Shirt’, beginning a tradition of sell-out shows at the venue that continues to this day.

The present & the future  

The departure of youngest brother Paul from the band in 2015 marked the end of an era. As Phil said at the time:

“We’ve been making music for over 50 years, and together we have enjoyed the ups and downs of the music business. Pete and I will really miss sharing the stage with Paul and making music with him.” 

But with the remaining members – Phil, Peter, Michael Bailey, David Moore and Rachael Bailey – so firmly established and enjoying playing music with each other, the future of the band was never in doubt.

Confidence is very high with the Caffreys at present, as Phil points out:

“We still have that hunger for acceptance. Obviously, years of experience grounds us in reality but, put us on a stage alongside anyone you care to mention – anywhere – and we can capture that audience. This is a living breathing band, and we’re really up for it.”  

The Caffreys came to recent prominence when they were finalists in the BBC TV programme “UK’s Best Part Time Band.”


Daphne’s Flight

Helen Watson • Melanie Harrold • Julie Matthews • Chris While • Christine Collister

1995 and five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together … magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful.

In 2017 they will release their new album on the Fledgling Label

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Manks Concert Celebrating the life of Sophia Morrison

Celebrating the life of Sophia Morrison

An evening of Manks music , dance and poetry including the Manks Dialect play ‘The Charm’ performed by the Michael Players.

Tickets £5 from Celtic Gold or Shaktiman NEARLY SOLD OUT