A modern twist on the ancient Manx Hop-tu-Naa song.
Having been sung for centuries upon centuries by Manxies, Biskee Brisht, a local band consisting of vocals, ukelele, guitar, accordion and trumpet, decided to recreate the traditional folk song to inspire people to listen to this music again.
“The songs for hop-tu-naa are something which people are very nostalgic about,”
said Ruby Biscoe-Taylor, lead singer of BiskeeBrisht.
“But it is also a part of a living tradition. The Island’s songs are a part of who we are, and new generations should always put their own stamp on these sorts of traditions. This is what we’ve tried to do here.”
The song consists elements from both ‘Jinny the Witch’ and an older Manx song beginning Shoh shenn oie Houney, hop-tu-naa! (This is Hollantide night, hop-tu-naa!) T’an eayst soil shean, trol-la-laa! (The moon shines bright, trol-la-laa!).
We hope you enjoy this new version of a Manx classic.