A traditional Manx song performed by Phil Gawne of the Manx Gaelic choir, Caarjyn Cooidjagh. This performance of the piece is to an unusual variant of the normal tune, collected by Sophia Morrison.
‘Eisht as Nish’ (‘Then and Now’) tells the story of lost love and it opens with the words:
Keayrt va mee aeg,
As mish ta mee shenn;
Keayrt va daa sweetheart aym,
Agh nish cha vel nane.
Once I was young,
And now I am old;
Once I had two sweethearts,
But now there is not one.
More information about about Caarjyn Cooidjagh is available here:
This performance is a part of the “Manks Concert” held at the Peel Centenary Centre on 24 May 2019, the anniversary of the birth of Sophia Morrison.
The event was organised by the Manx Branch of the Celtic Congress http://celticcongressmannin.com/
The Celtic Congress was founded in 1902 in order to promote the knowledge, use, and appreciation of the languages and cultures of the six Celtic nations. The Manx branch today continues to perpetuate the culture, ideals, and languages of the Celtic peoples, and to maintain an intellectual contact and close cooperation with the other Celtic communities.
We are very grateful to the Celtic Congress for agreeing to our recording and releasing the concert here.
Film produced by Culture Vannin, 2019.
Culture Vannin exists to promote and support all aspects of culture in the Isle of Man.