Stories, Research & Projects
Amhráin Gaelach Tradisiúnta
"An Cailín Rua"
An Cailín Rua talks of a man who is smitten by a red-haired girl. He travels around all of Ireland with her, spending lots of money on butter, on ribbons, and on shoes for her. Then, in the last verse, we find out that she leaves him for a shop-boy in the west of Ireland. Maybe because he could get her a discount!
And so here you can hear two versions of this lovely little song. Above is a very 1990s - and very cool - version by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh.
The other, below, is an infamous interpretation by Skara Brae, which was first recorded in 1971. Skara Brae is considered to be the first Irish traditional group to add homophonic harmonies in to single-line Irish melodies. Quite the reputation.
Local Song Project - Research
"And the Healing Has Begun: A Musical Journey Towards Peace in Northern Ireland" by Katrin Pietzonka
I just bought a book called “And the Healing Has Begun: A Musical Journey Towards Peace in Northern Ireland” by Katrin Pietzonka. I’ve just started reading it and I’m looking forward to picking up some insights into Ulster songs from this perspective.
From 24th to 27th June 2015, Dónal will facilitate the 3rd Anúna International Summer School in Dublin, Ireland.
The four days of the School, which takes place in Dublin, Ireland, will involve interaction and performance under the supervision of composer Michael McGlynn and members of Anúna.