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Creeaght, a new composition by Isla Callister.

'Creeaght' is the Manx word for 'courage,' and this musical project celebrates the role women have played in Manx history.
Featuring music and illustrations that have been inspired by the lives and legacies of women who have shaped the history of the Isle of Man from the late 1800s to the present day, Creeaght explores different narratives, places and points in time.

Cultural figurehead Sophia Morrison, minority rights campaigner Angèle Kneale and the women behind the law-changing campaign for abortion reform and Handmaids IOM are the focal point of Creeaght. Their remarkable stories of resilience, collaboration and courage are bound together in the story of Mann, and it is time for the stories to be shared and celebrated.

Commissioned by Culture Vannin, the suite of music was performed at the Peel Centenary Centre on Wednesday 27th July 2022 as part of the Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering festival by an all women-identifying ensemble. The performance featured artwork by award-winning Manx illustrator Jo Davies, who has bought the stories of these women to life through her illustrations.

Musicians & performers: Isla Callister, Anna Garvin, Katie Lawrence, Kirsty Lawrence, Mera Royle, Annie Kissack and Ruth Keggin.

Further information about the project is available on Isla Callister's website here: Creeaght

  • Sophia Morrison

  • Angèle Kneale

  • Calm & Handmaids IOM

  • My Dear Miss Morrison

  • The Little Footprints

  • The Winds', the Waters' and the Curlew's Cry

  • The Comet Line

  • Against the Tide

  • Madame Angele

  • March of the Red Cloaks

  • Stream of Voices

  • Mraane Dunnal / Courageous Women