Win a copy of "Sheear" by Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin

One of our goals for 2014 is to cover some more music from our Celtic cousins, and Ruth Keggin a Manx Gaelic singer from the Isle of Man with a new album on release fits nicely into that category. She will be releasing her debut solo album 'Sheear' (Westward) on 15th February 2014. It has already received airplay on BBC Radio 3 with Scottish presenter Mary Ann Kennedy describing it as "a thing of beauty which makes the circle of British folk music tradition whole". Better still she has some album launch dates in Ireland between 19th and 22nd February.  While in Ireland she will be gigging in Dublin, Belfast and Donegal, sharing joint gigs with the Scottish Gaelic supergroup Dàimh while in the latter two locations.

We don't hear too much of the Manx tradition and this recording could be a good introduction.  According to her press release it will "feature an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Manx Gaelic songs, arranged in a fresh and imaginative way".  Ruth on vocals, piano and flute performs with guitarist David Pearce and double-bassist Vanessa McWilliam.  Irish flautist and sean nos singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Manx fiddle player Tomas Callister also feature on several songs.

TO WIN A COPY : Tell us where Manx singer Ruth Keggin is from. Add your answer as a comment to this blog below.

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Comment by TradConnect on May 7, 2014 at 9:57

And the first name out of the hat for Ruth Keggin's album is..........Aindréas Ridire

Comment by Brian Saunders on April 27, 2014 at 16:00

Isle of Man

Comment by Aindréas Ridire on April 26, 2014 at 11:50
Isle of Man


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