‘Musiques sacrées Île de Man/Cornouailles/Galice’ Eglise Saint Louis
David Kilgallon and Russell Gilmour performed in the Eglise Saint Louis concert within the Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2015. We played first in the concert this year (as I had to go to the Stadium for the Nuit Interceltique at 10pm) and we began with a performance of ‘Mannin Vooar’, which we have adapted for Trumpet and Organ from David’s original solo organ arrangement/composition. Next followed a progressive interpretation of the Norwegian song ’Når månen tindrar’, and then we played a suite of complicated and fast-moving Irish tunes by Eoghan O’Cannabain.
We finished as we began - with a Manx tune - and we played the two tunes that we deemed to be the unofficial ‘anthems’ of the Manx contingent at FIL - Irree ny Greiney (by Bob Carswell) and Mylecharaine's March.
The Manx Trumpet and Organ duo 'Chronicles' performed in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on 25th of July 2014. Liverpool University hosted the event, as part of their "Festival of Ideas", which included several other events around Liverpool. Other Manx musicians, including Ruth Keggin, Mec Lir and Nish as Rish, were also involved in the festival, giving performances in a large marquee in Abercromby Square - in the heart of the campus of Liverpool University.
Chronicles, relying on the somewhat importable church organ, gave their performance just down the road in the Metropolitan Cathedral. They performed traditional music from the Isle of Man, Sweden, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Brittany in their lunchtime concert. David Kilgallon played on the formidable 88-stop cathedral organ and Russell Gilmour played several different instruments, including a Selmer piccolo trumpet in G, an F. Besson Trumpet in C and a cornetto (a replica of a Renaissance instrument) which was made by John McCann in Sandy, Utah in 2009. Throughout their recital, they filled the reverberant cathedral with music that was triumphant, reflective and relaxing and both Russell and David took turns in providing an interesting commentary between pieces - explaining the links between the Isle of Man and the medieval manuscript 'the Chronicles of Mann and Sudreys' after which the duo is named.
The festival was a great success for Chronicles and for all of the Manx artists involved. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to publicly show the links that Liverpool and Liverpool University have with the Island: educationally, geographically, historically and culturally.
Chronicles would like to extend thanks to Liverpool University for their invitation and to the Isle of Man Arts Council and Island of Culture for their support with this project. Thanks must also go to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral for allowing us to use the magnificent organ and to the Cathedral Organist, Richard Lea, for explaining how to program it.
Concert 25 July 2014 - Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Thu, Jul 24 2014 03:19
Chronicles are excited and honoured to be performing in Liverpool University's 'Festival of Ideas'. The concert will take place in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Friday, 25 July at 12 noon.
David is very much looking forward to playing at 88 stop organ in the cathedral and Russell even has a new trumpet for the occasion, to add to his ever increasing arsenal of instruments!
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Concert - 19:30 4th July 2014 at St. Thomas' Church, Douglas
We had a photo shoot with Manx photographer, Phil Kneen. We are looking forward to sharing some more of the pictures with you in the future, but for now here's a little taster...
Chronicles EP Review by Valerie Caine
Fri, Mar 28 2014 09:44
Following our EP review in Manx Tails, a monthly magazine published in the Isle of Man, Valerie Caine has also submitted her review to Transceltic.com which is a website dedicated to sharing resource of the six Celtic Nations. This is a fantastic place to spread the news of our musical exploration of the Chronicles of Mann and Sundreys, given the strong references to all of our Celtic neighbours.
The review has also found its way to the North American Manx Association and Peel Online websites - if you haven't read the article already please help yourself by clicking on the links below.
Thanks to Andi Howland for allowing us to use the photographs he took of us, in 'Yn Chruinnaght', on behalf of Culture Vannin.
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David has just returned from Glasgow after attending the UKs largest annual winter music festival of its kind, the Celtic Connections festival. It's a premier celebration of Celtic music, hosting over 2,100 artists across 300 events.
The Showcase Scotland trade fair sits nicely in the middle of this festival and David, amongst other Manx delegates, represented the fine music that the Isle of Man currently has to offer.
Russell Gilmour and David Kilgallon's current musical exploration into the Chronicles of Mann raised particular interest, and their musical project, ‘Chronicles’ attracted many representatives from the likes of Celtic Colours Festival, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Luckily, there was also opportunity to catch some of top quality performances at the festival this year, as well as a few late night traditional sessions. Yes, he was playing the fiddle but we won’t hold it against him.
Chronicles music video hits the headlines
Tue, Jan 7 2014 03:46
The Chronicles music video has been mentioned on the www.manx.net website: