Aoife Scott – “Do Mhuirnín Ó” (My Darling).

Hey people! 🙂

Today I have an amazing, beautiful Irish folk song for you. As far as I know, it’s title means “My Darling” in English, though I could be wrong about that. Aoife Scott is a young artist but her family environment was very folksy – she is the daughter of a famous Irish folk singer Frances Black – and thus the niece of Mary Black as well, they’re both quite acknowledged as vocalists and also used to sing in a family band that is quite a legend in Celtic music. Aoife’s cousin, Róisin O’Reilly, is a singer as well, and if I get it right Róisin also has a brother who is a musician.

I must say that I quite prefer Aoife’s music to her mum’s and aunt’s, though I appreciate that they are both very talented and have helped to make Celtic music more popular in the 20th century. But this song of Aoife is by far my most favourite. I just love the Celtic, melancholic feel of it. I have no idea about the lyrics other than understanding a couple words, and couldn’t find a translation, which is a shame, but I think the music alone and the sound of the Irish language are beautiful in their own way, even if you don’t know the lyrics.

Altan – “Dúlamán” (Channelled wrack).

Hi guys!

Today’s song of the day is one of my most favourite Irish folk songs, and I guess one of the most popular. Dúlamán is the Irish name for an edible seaweed called channelled wreck in English. This song was made popular by Clannad in ’70s, and since then was very often performed by artists like Anuna, Celtic Woman, etc. THe version I want to show you is from 1993 and made by an Irish folk band called Altan.

Altan were formed by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her ex-husband Frankie Kennedy in the ’80s. Mairéad is from Gweedore in Donegal, so the same place from where Clannad and Enya are.

The lyrics, in both English and Irish, you can find

here

and here’s the song: