Ruth Keggin

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Ruth Keggin
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Ruth Keggin performing with Nish As Rish at the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient in 2014
Background information
Isle of Man
Genres Folk, Celtic
Instrumentsvocals, piano, flautist, whistle [1]
Years active2011-present
LabelsPurt Sheearan Records
Associated actsAon Teanga – Un Çhengey, Nish As Rish

Ruth Keggin is a Manx Gaelic singer-songwriter. [2] She holds degrees from the University of York and the University of Cambridge. [3]



In 2011, as a member of Nish As Rish, Keggin won in the Best Newcomers category at the 2011 Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany, France. [4]

Keggin was awarded a grant by Culture Vannin to produce her 2014 debut solo album, Sheear ("Westward"), a collection of traditional and contemporary Manx songs praised as "bringing new life into the language with her music." [5] [6] Keggin's album has held popularity in the Celtic genre, becoming album of the week on Celtic Music Radio [7] and listed as number one in Japan’s ‘Top 10’. [8]

Keggin released her second solo album, Turrys ("Journey"), in 2016. Critic Neil McFadyen, writing for the journal Folk Radio UK, praised the album and called her voice "clear, precise and a joy to hear." [9]

In September 2020 Keggin became the Manx Language Development Officer for Culture Vannin, a foundation established by the government of the Isle of Man to promote Manx culture. [3]

In March 2021, Keggin and Scottish harpist Rachel Hair launched a joint crowdfunding campaign to produce a debut duo album to consist primarily of songs in the Manx language. These will include both traditional songs and songs by contemporary Manx musicians. They reached their target goal of £5,000 within 12 hours of launching the campaign and achieved a stretch goal of £10,000 after 48 hours. Some matching funds were provided by Creative Scotland. The album has also received funding from the Isle of Man Arts Council. [10]

Current and Former Collaborators


Sheear (‘Westward’) [12] 2014
Turrys [13] 2016

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