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Isle of Man's National Day

GUEST,Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin 04 Jul 00 - 07:28 PM
McGrath of Harlow 04 Jul 00 - 08:18 PM
Liz the Squeak 05 Jul 00 - 06:24 PM
Hollowfox 07 Jul 00 - 10:31 AM
Alimouse 15 Jul 00 - 07:44 PM
GUEST,bigJ 17 Jul 00 - 02:37 PM
GUEST,Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin 17 Jul 00 - 04:17 PM
GUEST,liz 15 Nov 08 - 01:02 PM
GUEST,threelegsoman 24 Nov 10 - 04:05 AM
LadyJean 25 Nov 10 - 12:05 AM
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Subject: Isle of Man's National Day
From: GUEST,Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 07:28 PM

The Isle of Man's National Day is 5 July (according to the new style calendar).

If you work that out by the old calendar, it coincides with the old style 24 June, which was reckoned as Midsummer. The eve and the day are associated with the great god, Manannan Mac Lir, who received tribute from the Manx in the form of rushes.

Rushes are still strewn in the church and on the processional pathway from the church to Tynwald Hill, where the world's oldest continuous parliamentary assembly, Tynwald, meets for a special open-air session on 5 July (new style).

The laws that have been passed during the previous year are read out in English and in Manx Gaelic.

There'll be music and dancing and general enjoyment going on. It's also the start of this year's Peel Festival of the Sea (the Traditional Boat Weekend in slightly longer form, 5 - 9 July) and a romp through Manx history in a presentation called 'The Story of Man and all that' which is being held in the grounds of Peel Castle from 5 - 9 July.

Shoh slaynt,

Bobby Bob


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 04 Jul 00 - 08:18 PM

Man alive, I'm a-tellin you
them fiddles and them gittars really flew...


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jul 00 - 06:24 PM

Hey, the bratling was started on the Isle of Man, round about this time of year....... Mmmmm, maybe she SHOULD have that third leg removed..... It was during a spectacular thunderstorm..... I think I'd better go now....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: Hollowfox
Date: 07 Jul 00 - 10:31 AM

Thanks for letting us know! I've been keeping an eye out fro Manxlore for a while now (besides the catlore), and I'm always looking for an excuse to celebrate. It's on my calendar for next year.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: Alimouse
Date: 15 Jul 00 - 07:44 PM

Hi Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin We are looking for a source of 60's Manx folk like The Laxey Girls are the Boys and songs of that genre any tips or ideas where we can find such like so we can take the Manx tradition over the water Alimouse


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 02:37 PM

Hi Alimouse, there's just been a new CD produced which is a compilation of some of the Mannin Folk's recordings of the past. I haven't got a copy myself yet, but I'll keep you posted because that looks as though it will be a good source for the sort of songs you're looking for.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: GUEST,Bobby Bob, Ellan Vannin
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 04:17 PM

The Mannin Folk CD is called 'Through the Years', and it has the following 'Isle of Man interest' songs on it -

1. 'Foxdale Miner' (written by Stuart Slack)

2. 'Laxey Wheel' (written by Stuart Slack)

3. 'Smuggler's Lullaby' (traditional, translated from the Manx Gaelic by Mona Douglas)

4. 'Bulgham Bombshell' (written by Stuart Slack)

5. 'King of the Sea' (shown as 'Trad,' and based on traditional tune, 'Yn Colbagh Breck er Sthrap' [The Brindled Heifer on a Halter}, but from the 1896 publication, 'Manx National Songs', with words by J. Fred. Gill (who was a Deemster, or High Court Judge) in the Isle of Man)

6. 'Ellan Vannin Tragedy' (written by Hughie Jones of The Spinners about the wreck in 1909)

7. 'Laxey Girls' (written by Stuart Slack - this is the one you were asking about)

8. 'Ride the Rails' (written by Stuart Slack).

The number on the CD is RJCD04. It costs £11.99 in the shops here.

I have just been chatting with John Liddle of the Mannin Folk. He suggested that your best bet for getting a copy is through -

St Paul's Bookshop,
Units 2-3,
Church Walk,
St Paul's Square,
RAMSEY,
Isle of Man,
IM8 1LA

Telephone 01624 813733
Fax 01624 816181
Web site at http://www.manxbooks.com
e-mail address info@manxbooks.com

Hope this is of help to you.

Shoh slaynt,

Bobby Bob


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: GUEST,liz
Date: 15 Nov 08 - 01:02 PM

Can you tell me where a copy of sheet music for the song The Bulgham bombshell can be obtained please


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 24 Nov 10 - 04:05 AM

I cannot help with regard the sheet music, but I have just uploaded my interpretation of The Bulgham Bombshell on YouTube at the following address:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOzmE-usjS0

On the video, I include annotations which show the lyrics and chord progression for the song.


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Subject: RE: Isle of Man's National Day
From: LadyJean
Date: 25 Nov 10 - 12:05 AM

When I was in grade school, the school library had a wonderful book of Manx folk tales. It was called, as I remember "The Manx Cat and Other Folk Tales". Besides the tale of the Manx cat losing it's tail because she was late boarding Noah's Ark. (Noah's wife finally called her the way my grandma taught me to call cats, by hissing ssspssspssspss.) There was the story of the Fenodree, and a wonderful tale of a fiddler who wound up playing for one of Satan's parties. If anyone could reccomend an anthology that wasn't written for 10 year olds, I'd appreciate it.


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