Lecture-recitals about Manx music at Irish Universities
A couple of weeks ago, I travelled to Ireland to bring Manx music and language to BA and MA music students at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and the conservatory at Dublin Institute of Technology. With the help of my trio, I delivered lecture-recitals which focussed on the characteristics of Manx music; shared traditions between the Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland; the Manx language and its orthography; and the collection and revival of Manx music. We performed songs intermittently, to help to clarify points made, and at the end taught a couple of songs to the students.
The mini trip was a Culture Vannin initiative and it provided a great opportunity to spread the word about Manx culture to interested and enthusiastic students! We left each University with several key resources (books, CDs etc) about Manx music and language, kindly donated by Culture Vannin. By far the most popular freebie with the students, however, were these wee beasties; I <3 Manx music and ‘Ynsee Gaelg’ (meaning ‘Learn Manx’) badges!