Year 1 and 2 had a special visit from Chloe from Culture Vannin and Jack who is on work experience from QE2. They played some Manx tunes on the fiddle and accordion, the guitar and the penny whistle. Chloe taught us a song about winding wool on a Niddy Noddy. We counted the beats in it while we sang and there were 32 beats in the song. This is how the women used to know how much wool they had wound up – every time they sang the song, they knew they had wound the wool 32 times round the frame… how clever!
We also learned the Manx reel step and the "Bendy, Bendy” dance. ( This isn’t the proper name but it’s how people remember the dance). Have a look at some of the photographs of us doing it. Chloe told us a story about a fisherman who lived at Niarbyl and finished with a tune called Three Little Boats. We were able to sing them a Manx song we know too – Ta mee troiggal thie ( I am building a house)
Thank you Chloe and Jack, please come back soon and teach us some more Manx stories and music.