The 2014 Reih Bleeaney Vanannan has been awarded to Clare Kilgallon.
Appropriately for Island of Culture 2014, this year's recipient of the Reih Bleeaney Vanannan is Clare Kilgallon, who has made a huge contribution to Manx music and dance. Clare was introduced to Manx culture at a young age when she became a member of Aeglagh Vannin, learning songs, dances and stories from Mona Douglas. She has followed in the footsteps of her mentor, passing on the tradition to her own children and students of the Manx youth music movement, Bree.
Well-known as a Manx Gaelic singer, Clare regularly performs at Manx cultural events and features on various musical recordings. She leads the Manx language choir Cliogaree Twoaie and often represents the Island with them. Clare is also a long-term member of Manx dance groups Bock Yuan Fannee and the Manx Folk Dance Society. Clare's enthusiasm for traditional Manx culture has been invaluable and Culture Vannin is delighted to present her with the award this year.
"Clare is one of the most talented performers and teachers of Manx culture in all its forms. For her it is a life-long passion, and her warmth in passing that on to others is truly remarkable".
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