Song of the day (19th October) – Alan Stivell – “Brian Boru”.

Well, I thought I’d like to share one more piece by Alan Stivell with you, and this time it’s not just a solo harp. I believe this is actually his most popular song and is the title song of his 1995 album which is also called Brian Boru and is quite eclectic in terms of music styles and instrumentation on it.

If you don’t know who Brian Boru was, to sum it up shortly, he was a very famous high king of Ireland and the ancestor of the O’Brien dynasty.

The song is bilingual and, as far as I know, also features Maire Breatnach, and she sings in Irish and Stivell in Breton.

Here you can find a

translation of this song,

and this website credits someone with the username mhwombat as the author of the translation.

Cara Dillon – There Were Roses.

Hi all! 🙂

So today I have another song by Cara Dillon for you, the last one in that Cara Dillon little series. It’s a very popular and, as far as I know, a widely known Irish song.

It was written by the Irish singer and songwriter Tommy Sands and it’s based on a true story. It’s about the situation during political conflict in Ireland referred to as “the troubles”. During that time there was a particular clash between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, apart from having different beliefs they had differing political views which as far as I know led to a lot of misunderstandings and issues between these two groups. But despite of that, Tommy Sands describes the story of two friends (whose names are changed in the song), who were still friends despite different beliefs and views and they both were also Sands’ friends. Until the one of them who was protestant was killed by republican paramilitaries. Loyalist paramilitaries wanted to do the same in retaliation for a catholic, and ironically, one of the friends who was Catholic – Sean – was killed by them.

That’s a sad story, but the song is beautiful and I love Cara Dillon’s version, actually this is the only version of this song I’ve ever heard.

Song of the day – De Dannan – “Rambling Irishman”.

So the last song in this Dolores Keane series. As I’ve mentioned she was one of the founder members of the band De Dannan at the beginning of her career. Here’s one of the songs she sang with them. Another about Irish people and their emigration to America by the way.