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Manx Music Night

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The band were delighted to be taking part in a charity concert on behalf of the Hyperbaric Chamber on Tuesday 19th October at the Abbey Church in Ballasalla. We were also delighted to be joined by local choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh.

The concert, a celebration of Manx music started with the band playing a march, Manxland, which was arranged by Tom Stuart Cubbon, a former musical director, and is based on 2 Manx tunes, Ramsey Town and Lets Wait A While My Dear. This was followed by the hymn tune Crofton, composed by Dr Clague, a local doctor and amateur musician, and arranged by former band member Les Hartill. This is a firm favourite with the band. The bands first set was concluded with Manx Airs 1, a selection of old Manx tunes arranged by Major J E ‘Tommy’ Thirtle, another former musical director. This includes Manx tunes Hush Little Darling, Gwendolen, The Sheep Under the Snow, Fair Maids of Mann and The Isle of Man, a song made famous by Florrie Ford.

It was then time for the choir to take to the stage. One of our front row cornets, Lawrence Quirk, had been practicing how to pronounce the choirs name all week, so it was left to him to introduce them, and a valiant effort he made.

In the absence of their usual conductor Annie Kissack, Julie Mathews took the helm, introducing and leading the choir. They started with Arrane Ny Skeddan (Song of the Herring) followed by a carol, Oikan Ayns Bethlehem, and finished with Arrane Ny Vee ( Song of the Fairies).

The bands second stint consisted of old Manx hymn tunes some of which are carols. These were

Hail to the Brightness

Following this the choir came back on and sang Mannin Veg Veen (Dear Little Mannin), Cre Raad T’ou Goll (Where Are You Going) and finished with the well known Manx song Lhiggey Lhiggey.

The band rounded off the concert with Kelly, another march, arranged around the tune Kelly from the Isle of Man, the Manx Fishermens Evening Hymn (Peel Castle) and then Major Thirtles
Manx Airs 2. This selection consists of slightly more modern tunes such as Riding in the TT Races by George Formby, the Ellan Vannin Tragedy by The Spinners, I’m a Native of Peel, Give Me the Bus Fare to Laxey and the Pride of Phurt Le Moirrey.

Before closing the concert, Rodney Evans announced the raffle prize winners and then thanked all for attending, with a special thanks to the choir for joining us, saying he hoped they would join us again in the future.

Although not counted before the end of the concert, we are glad to say that the concert raised £400.

Report by Brian Osborn 22/10/2010


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