Three Legs Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomIsle of Man
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Douglas, Peel, Ramsey, Isle of Man, British Isles, UK
Festival Contact Information

Three Legs Festival
c/o J M Gollow
3 Malvern Road
Isle of Man  IM2 5AS
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Festival Description

Three Legs Festival is an indoor “festival happening” of events, based on the Villa Marina Arcade in Douglas (including concerts at Peel Centenary Centre). The programming features spoken word, singer-songwriters, guitars and other instruments. Three Legs Festival is all about excellent international talent and entertainment.

Three Legs Festival, formerly known as the Isle of Man GuitarFest first took place in 2008 as IOM & MGP GuitarFest ( was an event that featured many brilliant and talented artists.

In addition to the name change the dates have moved from August bank holiday to Autumn half-term week, offers Island residents and visitors an alternative way to pass some time during the break. There’ll be daytime workshops, lunchtime (free) and evening (paying) concerts, Hop tu Naa events and a special free daytime show for the very young. Manx and island-based musicians will be involved throughout the week, supporting visiting acts, offering workshops and performing in songwriters’ circles and late night sessions.

Festival Dates October 28 - November 2, 2012
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Festival Events:

Workshops 2012:
  • A full range of workshops (many will be free of charge) during the half-term week (October 29-November 2):
    • Benny Gallagher’s songwriting Masterclass (£10)
    • Intermediate/advanced workshops from each of the members of LAU Kris Drever (Guitar/Songwriting), Martin Green (Accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (Fiddle)
    • Chris T-T’s workshop on use of social media with insights and advice on how to get music into the public domain and different approaches to songwriting
    • Belinda O’Hooley will offer a workshop called “Miracles in Music” – reflecting her 17 years working with elderly patients and some of the miraculous results that can emerge from using music to evoke memories.
    • Further songwriting workshops will be offered by Gary Quinn, Jess Morgan and Jarrod Dickenson each giving different aspects of the songwriting trade
    • Slide Guitar and Finger picking with Catfish Keith
    • Tone, tips and tricks for the electric guitar with Simon Campbell
    • Adam Berry has designed the artwork for the Festival and will be hosting a workshop during the week. Val Nelson will also be leading a craft workshop.
  • Tickets
    • Workshop tickets will be available shortly from
Concerts 2012:
  • Sunday 28 October
    • LAU ( at the Centenary Centre, Peel with support act Erika Kelly & Malcolm Stitt. (Tickets £20)
  • Monday 29 October
    • “Adventures of a Waterboy” an evening with Mike Scott in the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas ( support act to be announced (Tickets £18)
  • Friday 2 November
    • O’Hooley & Tidow at the Centenary Centre, Peel support act MATT CREER
      Tickets £15
  • Tuesday 30 October, 3:00pm
    • “Disobedience: Chris T-T sings A A Milne” is a free afternoon concert in the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas for parents and children. A A Milne’s words set to music and rejuvenated by Chris T-T
      FREE OF CHARGE, 50 minutes
  • Tuesday 30 October
    • Catfish Keith’s Country Blues night in the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas with guest support from British Country Music Awards 2012 double nominee Gary Quinn
      Tickets £15
  • Thursday 1 November
    • Benny Gallagher “In Concert” in the Villa Marina Arcade, Douglas support act
  • November 1
    • Kathleen Crowe is supporting songwriting legend Benny Gallagher on at the Villa Marina, Douglas.
      Tickets £15
  • November 2
    • Matt Creer is supporting O’Hooley & Tidow on at the Centenary Centre, Peel.
Additional programming 2012:
  • In addition to the support being received from IOM Arts Council, Three Legs Festival would like to thank Manx Heritage Foundation for supporting a number of aspects of the Festival including:
    • Hop Tu Naa activities in the Villa Marina Arcade on October 31
    • Turnip Lantern Carving with John Dog Callister (2-4pm)
    • Face painting with Jo Callister (2-4pm)
    • Manx Songs & Dances with the Manx Music Development team Breesha Maddrell and Chloe Woolley (4:30pm-6:00pm)
    • a Manx Music night at the Youth Arts Centre that same evening.
  • There will be early evening songwriters’ circle events (6:30pm-8:30pm) showcasing visiting artists alongside locally based talent at the Youth Arts Centre on:
    • Tuesday October 30 (Christy DeHaven, Chris T-T, Jess Morgan, Matt Creer)
    • Thursday November 1 — Jarrod Dickenson & Barry Nelson (with remaining artists TBC) ED: songwriters’ circles are events where three or four artists sit together on stage, each of them explains a song, plays that song and then the microphone passes in order to the next artist on the stage and so on, with the music going around in a circle!
    • Amber on Loch Promenade have offered to stay open late each night between Monday October 29 and Thursday November 1 to host late night sessions featuring a range of artists including some who will have played at the songwriters’ circles.
    • There will be SoundBites concerts in the Villa Marina Arcade every lunchtime Monday October 29 to Friday November 2 inclusive – with different artists playing between 12pm and 1pm and between 1pm and 2pm


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2012:
  • Tickets for the concerts are on sale from the Villa & Gaiety’s box offices, the Welcome Centre, online at or from the hotline on 01624 600555.
  • Tickets for the Peel Concerts are available from Peter Norris Music, Celtic Gold, Thompson Travel, Shakti Man & Northern Lights Community Centre.


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