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Celtic Gold – Peel Shakti Man – Ramsey
GH Corlett – Douglas (not films) Thompson Travel – Port Erin
Peter Norris Music – Douglas (not films) On the door, subject to availability

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Art exhibitions are available for view in the Atholl Room before/after performances and during the interval. Find out more

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May
24
Fri
A Manks Concert @ Peel Centenary Centre
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
15
Sat
Narropera in Peel, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro as narrated opera @ Centenary Centre
Jun 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dorothee Jansen, Sopran, Floriane Peycelon,Violine, Haydn Rawstron, Klavier; Kammermusiksaal Beethovenhaus Bonn . 19. Januar 2019

The annual PCC narropera performance. Mozart’s Figaro opera is one of the most beautiful in the whole opera repertoire, with an entertaining story and wonderful music. Narropera fascinates by drawing the listener into a ‘Tale for Grown-ups, told in speech and song’.

The performers in The Narropera Trio are German soprano Dorothee Jansen; French violinist Floriane Peycelon; Kiwi pianist/narrator Haydn Rawstron. This Peel narropera performance is the 86th since The Narropera Trio invented the new art form, narropera, in 2013.
 
A musical and narrative entertainment
 
Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro is not as well known as one thinks.
The ubiquitously-known, original version of Mozart’s famous opera, The Marriage of Figaro, was first performed in 1786. Astonishingly, few people are aware that  Mozart and his librettist made significant changes to the original version of their opera, three years later, for a revival of The Marriage of Figaro, in Vienna, in 1789.
These major changes, to all intents and purposes, remain unknown today, even to singers, conductors and stage directors, not to mention to the general public. This Peel performance of The Marriage of Figaro will contain a good handful of surprises, all of great merit and interest. It is most probable that some of these surprises will never previously have been heard on the Isle of Man.
It is seven years since narropera began as a kiwi idea, a knee-jerk response to earthquake traumas in Christchurch, New Zealand; now, over the last year, and in the international world of opera, narropera has been accepted as a new art-form or ‘neue Kunstgattung’, the technical phrase used by one German critic, when dubbing narropera a separate art form.
Another German critic, writing after a recent performance in the Beethoven Chamber Hall in Bonn, claimed “narropera is a genuine complement to the real thing” and a third German critic has coined the phrase: “narropera is a short-winded tale for grown-ups, where song and speech are finely balanced’.
For narropera to be appreciated in Germany is an important milestone along the road to widespread acceptance. Among the ‘Premier League’ of opera nations, Germany is unassailable champion, producing many thousands of opera performances each year. Seven successful narropera performances in three contrasting parts of Germany already serve to demonstrate that Germans can also appreciate narropera’s special contribution to their ‘opera world’.
The composition of each narropera is the same. The opera’s story is narrated in detail. Each narropera also consists of ten – twelve pieces of music carefully selected from the particular opera which narropera seeks to illuminate.These musical pieces are dropped into the narrative at the appropriate moments, giving insight into both the story and the music itself.
Each piece of music is arranged for a chamber music trio of singer, violinist and pianist/narrator: arias, duets, trios and even larger ensembles. This mixture produces a good variety of expression, from ‘monologue’ through ‘dialogue’ to ‘collective moralising’.
Haydn and his wife, Dorothee, who live in Castletown when not narroperising around the world, are the co-inventors of narropera and have been the common denominator in the 85 narropera performances in New Zealand and Europe, since 2013. By contrast, the French violinist, Floriane Peycelon first joined The Narropera Trio in 2016.
As with all narroperas, this performance will be presented without an interval. Marriage of Figaro will last around 85 minutes and will be a treat for those who are interested in opera, singing, public story-telling, chamber music or just simply in good entertainment.
Jun
22
Sat
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys @ Peel Centenary Centre
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

There’s no other band out around like Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Led by fiddling wiz Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman, the roots quartet features all-star pickers and singers, with everything from down-home country to reckless rockabilly to intricate bluegrass. Now the boys are back in town with their fourth and latest release, Dreamland.

The band spent the past year exciting crowds all over the world, from Denmark’s Tonder Festival and the U.K.’s Cambridge Folk Festival, to Merlefest in North Carolina and the Blue Mountains Music Festival in Australia. Crowds love them everywhere they go, thanks to Gordie’s charm (and flying fiddle and feet) and their unique blend of just about every roots genre going. They love it all, old and new, and put on a variety show that has the fans dancing, laughing and singing along.

Dreamland is a big step forward for the group, as it features the greatest number of vocal tracks they’ve ever featured on an album. That highlights the development of the quartet, with all four members writing and singing their own material, and bringing their own strengths to the table. From the Cajun rocker “Sittin’ In A Bar” to classic country sounds in “Strength In Numbers” to the beautiful lullabye of the title track, the group is showing their writing skills match their playing talents. It’s a versatile, wide-ranging showcase that mirrors the live show, with four singers and multi-instrumentalists.

The members are all musical Swiss Army knives, able to pull out whatever instrument or style is needed. Peter Cann handles acoustic and electric guitars, banjo and vocals, Thomas Webb can be found on stand-up bass, guitar, banjo, steel guitar and vocals, Jason Burbine moves between drums, bass, guitar and singing, and while Gordie is mainly on fiddle, he’ll grab the guitar, sit behind the drum kit and sing lots too.

On Dreamland the band wanted to capture all that versatility, and went off in search of a producer who could work in lots of styles. They found him in Mississippi native R.S. Field, best known for his work with Justin Townes Earle, Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien and Allison Moorer. “It’s nice to work with someone who gets the sound,” says MacKeeman. “It has bluegrass elements, it has rockabilly elements, it has old-time elements, but to us it’s all the same thing. That’s why we wanted someone who understands rockabilly base as well as old-time fiddle and accordions.

In addition to songs written and sung by each member, there’s room for some great cover tunes. There’s a fiddle and banjo-fired version of the old ’60’s hit by The Hollies, “Stop Stop Stop,” and beloved P.E.I. songwriter Gene MacLellan’s “Just Want To Be Loved By You.” And the biggest surprise is a mysterious number that turns out to be “Run With Us,” the theme song from the ’80’s Canadian cartoon classic, The Raccoons. “The original is very 80’s pop,” says MacKeeman. “But we do it so different, it’s been great, it’s fun seeing people get that eureka moment when they realize what it is. It usually doesn’t take very long.”

Dreamland is an album that moves from highlight to highlight, showcasing everything the band has to offer. There’s no filler here, it’s packed with their very best songs and very best styles. “I’m one of those people that has to enjoy everything on an album, and that’s what we were shooting for, an album that holds people until the end,” says MacKeeman. “And we always like albums to be a souvenir of our live show. To bring people back to that feeling they got seeing us live.”

That feeling? The playing, the singing, the music, and those crazy legs? Feel the fun, with Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.

www.gordiemackeeman.com

www.crazylegs.ca

www.twitter.com/gordiemackeeman

www.facebook.com/rhythmboys

www.instragram.com/rhythmboys

Jul
17
Wed
Mabon / Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering @ Centenary Centre @ Centenary Centre
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Opening Yn Chruinnaght’s Celtic Gathering concert series is Welsh Celtic supergroup, Mabon, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. With seven albums under their belts, Jamie Smith’s Mabon present a wide dynamic range, from quiet, reflective melodies and songs to loud and exciting music which has brought audiences to their feet around the world. Sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the Mabon concert will also feature Manx music legends, The Mollag Band who will be setting off to represent the Isle of Man at Festival Interceltique de Lorient in August.

More information: www.celticgathering.im

https://youtu.be/5anCEKxBMC0

https://youtu.be/pOzQ9SKwcf0

TICKETS £15 (or part of £55 festival pass for all events)

Jul
18
Thu
Rachel Hair / Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering @ Centenary Centre @ Centenary Centre
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Top Scottish harpist Rachel Hair will be joined by guitarist Ron Jappy and they will be promoting their new album, ‘Sparks’ at Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering. Rachel is already well known in the Island as Culture Vannin’s harp teacher and she currently teaches over 20 young Manx harpists.

More information: www.celticgathering.im

https://youtu.be/MhR1LbVE0V8

https://youtu.be/pOzQ9SKwcf0

 

TICKETS £15 (or part of £55 festival pass for all events)

Jul
19
Fri
Breton-Manx Collaboration / Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering @ Centenary Centre @ Centenary Centre
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Friday evening at Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering will see the premiere of an exciting new Breton-Manx collaboration between two charismatic performers from Brittany; singer Lors Landat and accordionist Thomas Moisson – and two well-known Manx performers; harpist Mera Royle (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician 2018) and keyboard/fiddle player and composer David Kilgallon (King Chiaullee, Chronicles and Mec Lir). This unique concert is sponsored by Thornton Chartered Financial Planners, and it promises to be an unmissable evening of new and traditional music celebrating the firm friendship between these two Celtic nations!

More information: www.celticgathering.im

 

Lors Landat & Thomas Moisson : https://youtu.be/7JyATpm39nQ

YC Celtic Gathering taster promo: https://youtu.be/pOzQ9SKwcf0

TICKETS £18 (or part of £55 festival pass for all events)

Jul
20
Sat
Daoirí Farrell trio/ Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering @ Centenary Centre @ Centenary Centre
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

 

Headlining the final concert of Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering on the Saturday night will be Irish singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell, accompanied by bodhran player Robbie Walsh and uilleann piper Michael O’Connell.

Recently awarded ‘male vocalist of the year’ by LiveIreland, Daoirí has been described as “one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years”. Armed with several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a new album produced Irish music legend Donal Lunny, the rich vocals and charming personality of this ‘True-born Irishman’ (title of his 2016 album) is bound to ensure a sell-out concert. Organisers extend grateful thanks to Culture Ireland for their sponsorship of this evening. Providing musical support for Daoirí Farrell’s concert will be Peddyr Cubberley Trad Trio – Manx flautist and talented tune-smith, Peddyr Cubberley, with Malcolm Stitt (guitar) and Russell Cowin (bodhran).

 

https://youtu.be/VcF1EPXhNlY

https://youtu.be/pOzQ9SKwcf0

TICKETS £18 (or part of £55 festival pass for all events)

Jul
27
Sat
Theatre Supper – A Lady of Letters @ Peel Centenary Centre
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

lan Bennett’s Lady of Letters

Miss Irene Ruddock is a working class woman living on her own near Bradford. She is not afraid to speak, or rather write, her mind. In fact she is a prolific writer of letters, the recipients of which are targeted by Irene as a means of remedying all the social ills she sees around her.

Alas her unchecked pen eventually causes too much mischief and action has to be taken……

Aug
9
Fri
Dan Hadfield as GARY BARLOW @ Peel Centenary Centre
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Dan Hadfield is, without doubt, the go-to Gary Barlow tribute artiste in the entertainment industry. He has sung with Gary, appeared as his lookalike on several TV shows, including the Xtra Factor and Miranda, and has had great acclaim both from Gary himself as well as other significant figures in the industry.

For Gary Barlow and Take That fans alike, Dan is the ultimate tribute, has been praised many times by Gary for his work, and should not be missed!!

Dan Hadfield makes a welcome return following his debut sell-out show in Peel in 2018.

https://www.garybarlowlookalike.com

Aug
10
Sat
Dan Hadfield as GARY BARLOW @ Peel Centenary Centre
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

Dan Hadfield is, without doubt, the go-to Gary Barlow tribute artiste in the entertainment industry. He has sung with Gary, appeared as his lookalike on several TV shows, including the Xtra Factor and Miranda, and has had great acclaim both from Gary himself as well as other significant figures in the industry.

For Gary Barlow and Take That fans alike, Dan is the ultimate tribute, has been praised many times by Gary for his work, and should not be missed!!

Dan Hadfield makes a welcome return following his debut sell-out show in Peel in 2018.

https://www.garybarlowlookalike.com

Aug
30
Fri
Our Island Our World Festival @ Peel Centenary Centre
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

No headliners, ALL these bands are amazing! From Rajasthan to Gambia, Nigeria to Serbia, Brazil to Romania! three bands each night, and all for £45 early bird tickets (£25 each night tickets available later). Weekend tickets available now at Celtic Gold, Peel, Corlett’s Jewellers, Castle Street Douglas , ShaktiMan Ramsey and Thompson Travel Port Erin.

Aug
31
Sat
Our Island Our World Festival @ Peel Centenary Centre
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

No headliners, ALL these bands are amazing! From Rajasthan to Gambia, Nigeria to Serbia, Brazil to Romania! three bands each night, and all for £45 early bird tickets (£25 each night tickets available later). Weekend tickets available now at Celtic Gold, Peel, Corlett’s Jewellers, Castle Street Douglas , ShaktiMan Ramsey and Thompson Travel Port Erin.


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