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Taking our music to the Isle of Man – 2016 Celtic Congress

Douglas, Isle of Man

Douglas, Isle of Man – home of this year’s Celtic Congress

We are super excited to be invited to represent Cornwall at this year’s Celtic Congress on the Isle of Man! The Congress takes place from 31st March – 5th April 2016. Here’s the press release with some more info…

Salt & Sky Fiddle Duo to represent Cornwall on the Isle of Man

Cornish folk musicians Emma Packer and Lizzie Pridmore, playing together as Salt and Sky, will be taking their exuberant and original arrangements of traditional songs and tunes to Douglas on the Isle of Man to represent Cornwall at this years’ Celtic Congress.

The annual event brings together delegations from Cornwall, Brittany, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man to celebrate our shared culture and heritage as Celtic nations. The theme for this year is The Inclusion of Celtic History and Culture in the School Curriculum. Alongside musicians Salt & Sky, the delegation from Cornwall includes speaker Kathryn Vinnicombe from Falmouth who will be speaking on the theme. The four-day event combines lectures and visits with music and dance and is a brilliant opportunity for each nation to share ideas and experience, build friendships and showcase new talent.

Fiddle duo Salt & Sky are building a strong reputation in Cornwall for their charismatic performances of traditional Cornish songs and tunes, sprinkled with a good helping of their own new material. The Celtic Congress is their first opportunity to represent Cornwall further afield and the pair are excited at the prospect:

‘We’re really delighted to be able to take the music that we love beyond Cornwall’ said Emma Packer, one half of the duo. ‘So much of what we do is rooted in the place and the culture here in Cornwall and we can’t wait to share it with others – and hopefully to pick up some Manx tunes to bring home’ added Lizzie Pridmore.

Emma and Lizzie have been playing together as Salt & Sky since 2013, performing at local festivals, nos lowen dances and folk clubs across the county. They released their first EP in October 2015. The pair enjoy taking well-known local tunes and songs like the Egloshayle Ringers or Lamorna and giving them a unique twist – and they love it when people join in, with singing along, with dancing or just getting toes tapping. Rooted in the Cornish folk tradition, alive with originality and creativity, each arrangement is carefully crafted with warmth that captures their love for Cornwall, it’s history and culture – a perfect match for the Celtic Congress for a duo that clearly have a bright future ahead of them.

The next event organised by the Cornish Branch of the Celtic Congress is a musical evening on Saturday March 5 at the Camborne Rugby Club from 7.30pm, this is preceded by the launch of a new Gorsedh Kernow book.

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