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The Pan Celtic Festival (Irish: Féile Pan Cheilteach) is a Celtic-language music festival held annually in the week following Easter, since its inauguration in 1971. The first Pan Celtic Festival took place in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. Its aim is to promote the modern Celtic languages and cultures and artists from all six Celtic nations: Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. Each participating nation holds its own national selection event to choose its representatives at the Festival. The most successful Celtic nation is Wales, with fourteen wins, with Cornwall close behind, having won ten times. Bénjad, who represented Cornwall in 2012 and 2013, became the first artist in the festival's history to have won twice. The Isle of Man is the least successful nation, having only won once in 2014. The latest winners, as of April 2017, are Ireland, represented by Emer O'Flaherty, Paddy Mulcahy and Angelo Heart with the song Taibhse ("Ghost").


1 Origins and history 2 Participation 3 National selections

3.1 Brittany: Gouelioù Etrekeltiek An Oriant 3.2 Cornwall: Kan Rag Kernow 3.3 Ireland: Comórtas Amhrán Náisiúnta 3.4 Isle of Man: Arrane son Mannin 3.5 Scotland: Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail 3.6 Wales: Cân i Gymru

4 Festival hosts 5 List of winners

5.1 By festival 5.2 By Celtic nation

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Origins and history[edit] Further information: Pan-Celticism

The six Celtic nations, as recognised by the Celtic League:   Ireland   Scotland   Isle of Man   Wales   Cornwall   Brittany

Formed in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, the Pan Celtic Festival was organised as a music festival to be held every Spring, to promote the modern cultures and Celtic languages through the medium of music. It was originally entitled Gwyl Gerdd Bach (Welsh for "Small Music Festival"), by Con O'Connaill, but later changed to its current name. In May 1971, the first festival took place in Killarney; and featured performers from Wales (Phyllis and Meredydd Evans), Ireland (Scoil na Toirbhirte), and Brittany (Les Tregerez Group and Alan Stivell).[1] Meredydd Evans engaged in discussions with the event organiser, Ó Connaill, following the 1971 Festival, and invited him to the National Eisteddfod of Wales. At the Eisteddfod, Ó Connaill met members from other Celtic nations, and formed a committee for the Pan Celtic Festival. Participants from the six Celtic nations of Brittany (Breizh), Cornwall (Kernow), Wales (Cymru), Scotland (Alba), Ireland (Éire) and the Isle of Man (Mannin) took part in the second Pan Celtic Festival, again held in Killarney in 1972. It was during this festival that the core structure of the event was finalised following a meeting with committee members. These principles of the event are to promote the languages, musical talents and cultures within the six territories recognised as Celtic nations.[1] Participation[edit] Further information: Celtic nations Eligibility to compete at the Pan Celtic Festival is for Celtic nations, which are territories in Northern and Western Europe where Celtic languages or cultural traits have survived, and are members of the Celtic League.[2] The term "nation" is used in its original sense to mean a community of people who share a common identity and culture and are identified with a traditional territory. It is not synonymous with "sovereign state".[1]

Nation[1] Celtic name Debut year

 Brittany Breizh 1971

 Cornwall Kernow 1972

 Ireland Éire 1971

 Isle of Man Mannin 1972

 Scotland Alba 1972

 Wales Cymru 1971

Eligible to participate but have yet to make their debut.

 Asturias  Galicia

National selections[edit] Brittany: Gouelioù Etrekeltiek An Oriant[edit] Further information: Festival Interceltique de Lorient


National selection events Festival Interceltique de Lorient

Participation summary

Appearances 45

First appearance 1971

Best result 1st: See table below

The Gouelioù Etrekeltiek An Orient (English: Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient, or French: Festival Interceltique de Lorient) is an annual Celtic festival, located in the city of Lorient, Brittany, France. The event also acts as a national selection process to determine the Breton representative for the annual Pan Celtic Festival. It was founded in 1971 by Polig Montjarret. This annual festival takes place every August and is dedicated to the cultural traditions of the Celtic nations (pays celtes in Brittany), highlighting celtic music and dance and also including other arts such as painting, photography, theatre, sculpture, traditional artisan as well as sport and gastronomy.[3]

Cornwall: Kan Rag Kernow[edit]


National selection events Kan Rag Kernow

Participation summary

Appearances 44

First appearance 1972

Best result 1st: See table below

Kan Rag Kernow (English: A Song for Cornwall) is a Cornish annual song contest to find a representative for Cornwall at the Pan Celtic Festival, held annually in Ireland.[4] The Cornish group, The Changing Room, won the 2015 Kan Rag Kernow on 30 January 2015.[5] The group went on to represent Cornwall at the 2015 Pan Celtic Festival, finishing in first place with the song "Hal an Tow" (Flora Day).[6]

Ireland: Comórtas Amhrán Náisiúnta[edit]


Member station TG4

National selection events Comórtas Amhrán Náisiúnta

Participation summary

Appearances 45

First appearance 1971

Best result 1st: See table below

The Comórtas Amhrán Náisiúnta (English: National Song Contest) is the Irish selection process to determine the representatives for Ireland at the annual Pan Celtic Festival. In 2015, the selection show was held at the Seven Oaks Hotel, in Carlow, on 7 March.[7]

Isle of Man: Arrane son Mannin[edit]

Isle of Man

National selection events Arrane son Mannin

Participation summary

Appearances 44

First appearance 1972

Best result 1st: See table below

The Arrane son Mannin (English: Song for the Isle of Man) is the Manx competition through which a song is selected for the Pan Celtic Festival. In 2015, Shenn Scoill, a quartet whose name means "Old School", were chosen to represent the island.[8]

Scotland: Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail[edit] Further information: Royal National Mòd


Member station BBC Alba

National selection events Royal National Mòd

Participation summary

Appearances 44

First appearance 1972

Best result 1st: See table below

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (English: The Royal National Mòd) is the Scottish Gaelic selection process, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, to find the Scottish representative for the Pan Celtic Festival, held annually in Ireland.[9] The Scottish band, Na h-Òganaich, were the first representatives for Scotland at the 1971 Pan Celtic Festival. They represented Scotland again in 1972, with the song "Mi le m’Uillin", finishing in first place.[10]

Wales: Cân i Gymru[edit] Further information: Cân i Gymru


Member station S4C

National selection events Cân i Gymru

Participation summary

Appearances 45

First appearance 1971

Best result 1st: See table below

Cân i Gymru (English: A Song for Wales, Welsh pronunciation: [ˈkaːn i ˈɡəmrɨ]) is a Welsh television show broadcast on S4C annually. It was first introduced in 1969 when BBC Cymru wanted to enter the Eurovision Song Contest. It has taken place every year since, except in 1973. Cân i Gymru is different from most talent shows; whereas the majority invite the public to participate, Cân i Gymru welcomes only professional artists. The winner of the contest represents Wales at the annual Pan Celtic Festival held in Ireland and is also awarded a cash prize.[11] Wales made their debut participation in the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017, which marked the second time in any of the Eurovision Family of Events that the country was not represented as part of the unified state of the United Kingdom, after 1994, when Wales participated lastly in the Jeux Sans Frontières.[12] Wales used the talent show Côr Cymru, to select their representatives.[13]

Festival hosts[edit]











Locations of the Counties of Ireland who have hosted the Pan Celtic Festival.

The festivals, since 1971, have been held in various towns and cities in Ireland.[1] Below is a list of the host cities and their respective years of hosting. The 2001 festival was cancelled due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak.[1] As is shown below, County Kerry have hosted the festival twenty-nine times since 1971, with the most recent the 2011 Festival, in the town of Dingle, who first hosted the event in 2010.[14] County Clare have only hosted once in 1997.[1]

Festivals Irish county Location Years

29 County Kerry Killarney 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

Tralee 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005

Dingle 2010, 2011

4 County Galway Galway 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

County Donegal Letterkenny 2006, 2007

Donegal Town 2008, 2009

County Carlow Carlow 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

2 County Kilkenny Kilkenny 2002, 2003

County Londonderry Derry 2014, 2015

1 County Clare Ennis 1997

List of winners[edit] By festival[edit] The table below lists all of the annual Pan Celtic Festival winners since its inaugural event in 1971.[1]

Na h-Òganaich, representatives for Scotland who won the 1972 Pan Celtic Festival with the song "Mi le m’Uillin".

Capercaillie, representatives for Scotland who won the 1985 Pan Celtic Festival with the song "Urnuigh a Bhan Thigreach".

Year[1] Artist[1] Winning nation[1] Song[1] English translation

1971 Scoil na Toirbhirte  Ireland "Tomás MacCurtain" Thomas MacCurtain

1972 Na h-Òganaich  Scotland "Mi le m’Uillin" The dreaming sea

1973 Margaret O'Brien  Ireland "Goirm Thú" Animal erasers

1974 Iris Williams  Wales "Cymru Rydd" Free Wales

McMurrough  Ireland "Cuain Baile 'na Cuairte" Visit the harbour town

1975 Bran  Wales "Caled Fwlch" Hard gap

1976 Mary Sandeman  Scotland "Thoir dhom do Lamh" Give me your hand

1977 Kyaalldan  Brittany "Breizh" Brittany

1978 Gouelia  Brittany "Korn-Bout"

1979 Margaret MacLeod  Scotland "An Lon Dubh" The blackbird

1980 Dermot O'Brien  Ireland "Neansaí" Nancy

1981 Kathleen MacDonald  Scotland "Oran do Cheit"

1982 Bando  Wales "Nid Llwynog Oedd Yr Haul" The sun was not the fox

1983 Mary MacInnis  Scotland "Man Aonar le no Smuaintean"

1984 Ragamuffin  Cornwall "Ar Wrannen" The warren

1985 Capercaillie  Scotland "Urnuigh a Bhan Thigreach"

1986 Kristen Nicolas  Brittany "Gwerz Maro Paotr Anst"

1987 Eryr Wen  Wales "Gloria Tyrd Adre" Gloria come home

1988 Manon Llwyd  Wales "Cân Wini" Mini scales

1989 Hefin Huws  Wales "Twll Triongl" Triangle hole

1990 Christine Kennedy  Scotland "'M' londrainn air Chuairt"

1991 Philip Knight  Cornwall "Deus yn-rag, Dolli" Finished ahead, Dolly

1992 Gerróid O'Murchú  Ireland "Soilse geala na cathrach" Bright city lights

1993 Liam Ó hUaithne  Ireland "An Pobal Scaipthe" Public dissemination

1994 Geraint Griffiths  Wales "Rhyw Ddydd" Some Day

1995 Gwenda Owen  Wales "Cân I'r Ynys Werdd" Song to the Emerald Isle

1996 West Group  Cornwall "An Arvair" The arms

1997 Art Ó Dufaigh & Sean Ó hEanaí  Ireland "Comhartha an Ghaoil" Sign the relationship

1998 Arwel Wyn Roberts  Wales "Rho dy Law" Give your hand

1999 Per Nod  Wales "Torri'n Rhydd" Cutting loose

2000 Rachael Cans tir Kemmyn  Cornwall "Tir Kemmyn" Common land

2001 No contest held due to the 2001 United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak

2002 Gainor Haf  Wales "Dagrau Ddoe" Yesterday's tears

2003 Elin Flur a'r Moniars  Wales "Harbwr Diogel" Safe harbour

2004 Treiz Noath  Cornwall "Mor Menta Sewia" Mint-berries prosper

2005 Kentyon Bew  Cornwall "Treusporthys" Stubborn port

2006 Krena  Cornwall "Fordh Dhe Dalvann" Road to Dalvann

2007 Gealbrí  Ireland "Seolfaidh Me Abhaile" Send me home

2008 Deirdre Níi Chinnéide le Fraoch  Ireland "Ta me caillte go deo" I am lost forever

2009 Elfed Morris  Wales "Boddi mae ngofidiau" My sorrows are flooding

2010 Màiri Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan  Scotland "Back and Forth"

2011 Brigyn[15]  Wales "Rhywun yn Rhywle" Someone somewhere

2012 Bénjad[16]  Cornwall "Mordid Bewnans" Life's tides

2013 Bénjad[16]  Cornwall "Breten Vyhan" Brittany

2014 Shenn Scoill[17]  Isle of Man "Tayrn Mee Thie"

2015 The Changing Room[6]  Cornwall "Hal an Tow" The peat marsh

2016 Cordia[18]  Wales “Dim Ond Un” Just One

2017 Emer O'Flaherty, Paddy Mulcahy & Angelo Heart  Ireland "Taibhse" Ghost

By Celtic nation[edit]

Map showing each Celtic nation's number of Pan Celtic Festival wins

The table below lists all of the Pan Celtic Festival winners by Celtic Nations, since its inaugural event in 1971. Wales is the most successful nation to date, with fifteen wins; with Cornwall and Ireland coming in second with ten wins each. Isle of Man achieved their one and only win to date in 2014.[1]

Wins[1] Celtic nation Years

15  Wales 1974, 1975, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2016

10  Cornwall 1984, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2015

10  Ireland 1971, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2017

8  Scotland 1972, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2010

3  Brittany 1977, 1978, 1986

1  Isle of Man 2014

See also[edit]

ABU Radio Song Festival ABU TV Song Festival Bundesvision Song Contest Cân i Gymru Caribbean Song Festival Eurovision Song Contest Intervision Song Contest Junior Eurovision Song Contest Sopot International Song Festival Turkvision Song Contest


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