Maire Brennan – “Oró” (Oh”.

Hi people. 🙂

Today, a song by Maire Brennan I want to share with you is a very lovely Gaelic lullaby. I love lullabies, I have a whole collection of them, and this one is among them. Not quite as brilliant and breathtaking as her sister’s “Song Of The Sandman” but very beautiful too. Here are the English lyrics.

 

Oh my little babe
Always stay by my side

Oh my darling
You give me hope, my darling

Sleep peacefully, sleep peacefully
Sleep peacefully, my sweet child…

Oh my little babe
Take my sure advice
My peaceful love

Oh my little babe
And a prayer from my heart
For the life in front of you

Sleep peacefully, sleep peacefully
Sleep peacefully, my sweet child…

Maire Brennan – “The Mighty One”.

Here is another song by Maire Brennan, also about God. I think the sound of it is very powerful, and it has more of an ethnofolk feel. The chorus is in Irish, and here is what it means in English.

  All my blessings from my heart to you
Isn’t the view delightful?
My blessing from my heart to you
And glory be to God

Song of the day (31st December) – Enya – “Oíche Chiúin” (Silent Night).

I have a niggling feeling that despite my love for Irish language there hasn’t been much Irish language music that I posted here actually. So here’s the Irish version of “Silent Night” in ENya’s exquisite performance. I just love it so, so much!

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: