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Boaldyn composition competition

Tue, 05 May 2020

We are excited to announce a competition to compose a new song, tune or solo folk dance themed around ‘Boaldyn’ and the Manx traditions associated with this magical time of year.

There are three categories with cash prizes of £150 adults and £50 for under 16s:

  1. New song in any genre (in Manx Gaelic or English), accompanied or unaccompanied
  2. New dance solo - you could use a lesser known tune, such as Moghrey Laa Boaldyn (jig), Moghrey Laa Boaldyn (slow air), or another Manx trad tune of your choice
  3. New tune (suitable for any instrument)


  • You can submit your tune, dance or song as musical notation, video and/or audio files
  • For large audio and video files, send via video wetransfer.com using manxmusic@culturevannin.im
  • Deadline for entries – 31st May 2020
  • Winning entries will be shared on www.manxmusic.com and on Culture Vannin’s social media


DISCLAIMER FOR PARENTS of children under 16 who appear on film

  • By submitting your child’s video, you give us permission to use all or part of your child’s video performance.
  • By submitting your child’s video, you also agree to the finished video project being shared through all forms of media, including social media.


There is a wealth of information & inspiration on Culture Vannin’s Boaldyn page, e.g. Crosh Cuirn, the battle between summer and winter, burning the buitch, etc.

The Manx Year: Boaldyn