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A collection of traditional Manx carvals performed by the Manx Gaelic choir, Cliogaree Twoaie.

Manx carvals were religious songs written in manuscript form, mainly by local parish churchgoers, throughout the 18th, and into the early 19th, centuries, and sung to music of the period. Traditionally they were sung on Christmas Eve (Oie'll Verree) and were lengthy compositions using the stories of both old and new Testaments in which a few verses mentioned Christ's birth. These are the verses selected in most of the carvals here.



Cliogaree Twoaie's other album is available here: Nollick Ghennal.