Peddyr Cubberley (Peadar Mac Iúbáilaigh) is well known on the Manx traditional music scene, has been active since the Manx revival of the 1970s. He is a founding member of Mactullagh Vannin, and the Tarroo Marroo Ceili Band and has worked with many Manx groups, festivals, and musicians of all ages.
A prolific exponent of Manx traditional music, playing flute, low & tin whistles, Peddyr is also known for his compositions of contemporary Manx music in a traditional style.
"Cubberley has emerged as one of the most important composers in the Manx idiom." ~ Traditional Music on the Isle of Man - Cliff McGann, Ceolas. 1996.
Peddyr has long been involved in various organisations dedicated to the support and promotion of Manx traditional music, culture, and heritage both on and off the Island such as Yn Chruinnaght (Mann's National Inter-Celtic festival), Feailley Ghaelgagh / Yn Chooish (Manx Gaelic language festival), Mactullagh Vannin (Manx trad band founded in the early 1980s), Ny Fennee (Manx traditional dance, founded also in the early 1980s) to name but a few and, many other groups and projects. He has represented the Isle of Mann at numerous festivals throughout the Celtic world both as a musician, and as a delegate to the National Gaelic festivals of both Ireland (An tOireachtas) and Scotland (Am Mòd).
Peddyr regularly mentors and teaches young people and adults alike, in various aspects of traditional music. He has latterly organised and co-ordinated a cultural exchange programme (2015 ~ 2017) between young Manx & Irish musicians (Croan Yn Tead & Cuisle Harp Ensemble, formerly named Lissenhall Harp Ensemble), which entailed taking a group of teenage harpers to Ireland and facilitating a group of harpers’ exchange visit the following year. His music and compositions have been used in a variety of television and radio productions, documentaries, promotions, and advertising, and has also featured on numerous recordings and CDs etc. He last appeared at Féile Iorrais in 2008 where he brought a group of Manx musicians and dancers to the festival, and He's very much looking forward to returning again this year, where he’ll be joined by Sligo harper, Eilís Needham.
See Peddyr at these Feile Iorrais events
Eilís Needham is from Hazelwood, Co. Sligo. She has been playing the harp for the past seven years and has numerous All-Ireland titles to her name. Eilís is the current All-Ireland champion under 15 (2018) in Dance Tunes and accompaniment. She is a previous winner in the All-Ireland Harp Slow Air competition and is a prize winner in the prestigious O'Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue, Co. Roscommon and Nobber, Co. Meath.
Eilís has just released her debut album 'Fuinniúil' on CD and it features a contrast of harp tunes from M&M to Brúidiúlacht na nGall.
See Eilís at these Feile Iorrais events
Séamus Ó Dubhain ( Séamus Devane) is one of Sean Nós Dancing's major figures, and he has played an integral part in the revival of Sean Nós dancing. He comes from Connemara in the heart of the Gaeltacht and lives there with his Family. This man is the King of Sean Nós Dancing and he has travelled the world with Comhaltas Ceolteoiri Eireann teaching the beautiful art that is Sean Nós dancing. Séamus is an accomplished musician and he plays the Button Accordion, Flute, Whistle, and sings. His Sons Patrick, Colm and Gearóid have followed in his foot steps with the dancing and music and so too has his daughters.