Isle of Man News - POSTED Sun 27-04-2014

First Manx win in Celtic music contest

by Joanne Clague

First Manx win in Celtic music contest - picture

Manx group Shenn Scoill (Old School) has won the Pan Celtic song competition in Derry.

The competition is the main event of the annual festival and features songs written in the language of each of the six Celtic countries that take part. This is the first time a Manx group has won the competition.

The winning song, Tayrn Mee Thie (Draw Me Home) was written by David and Laura Rowles who run music teaching business Mannin Music, with the lyrics translated into Manx by local language scholar Bob Carswell. The song was written for the couple's newborn baby daughter, Cara, and is about how hard it is to be away from your loved ones.

David and Laura were joined by two of their students, Michelle Jamieson and Fraser Grant, in performing the song. Meanwhile, Marlene Hendy won the Pan Celtic award for best new song in traditional mode with her song Yn Challoo Yiarn about the iron pier in Ramsey.

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