- Nordic Nish! Tales from the two-week tour of Arctic Norway… - Last month while a heat wave swept across the British Isles, the five of us in Nish As Rish donned our thickest scarves and mittens for a two week tour in Arctic Norway. We had been invited to give concerts to sixth form students across the Lofoten Islands and Vesterålen by Den Kulturelle Skolesekken, a…
- Gaelic Voices Festival in London, May - London bound! I’m delighted that the Ruth Keggin band, Aon Teanga and the Friel Sisters from Donegal will be headlining the Gaelic Voices Festival, performing in a grand concert in the London Irish Centre in Camden on Saturday 16th May at 5pm. It will be the premiere of material by Aon Teanga – the inter-Gaelic song project featuring myself,…
About RuthMychione Ruth
Ruth Keggin is a Manx Gaelic singer who is passionate about bringing Manx music and language to a wider audience. Her debut solo album, Sheear (‘Westward’), which features traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, was released in February 2014. She marked the release date with an album launch in the Isle of Man, followed by a mini Irish tour where she shared joint-gigs with the Scottish Gaelic supergroup Dàimh.
Some of Ruth’s 2014 highlights have been performing live with her trio, and being interviewed, on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Verb'; sharing a joint concert with renowned Gàidhlig singer Julie Fowlis and Irish singer Mary Black; presenting and singing in a short feature for the television programme ‘Coast’ on BBC 2 (due to be aired in summer 2015).
Ruth is also part of a bold new vocal project called ‘Aon Teanga – Un Çhengey’ (One Tongue) together with respected Scottish musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy and Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin – a singer and musician from a Connemara sean nós dynasty in the West of Ireland. At one time, the Gaelic language was a single tongue, uniting folk across Sruth na Maoile and the Irish Sea. While there have been many moves to re-establish Scottish-Irish links in recent times, there has never been – until now – a project that unites the three Gaelic traditions. The group are in the process of recording an album and will be touring in 2015. Aon Teanga – Un Çhengey is supported by PRS Foundation’s ‘Beyond Borders’ fund, and the Isle of Man Arts Council.
The Norwegian-Manx collaborative project sees Ruth perform together with Norwegian singer Margit Myhr, hardanger fiddler Erlend Apneseth, Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister and Manx multi-instrumentalist David Kilgallon. Ruth also sings and plays flute with the collective Nish As Rish who won the Trophée Loic Raison for best new group at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2011. Nish As Rish will be touring Norway in Spring 2015.