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Episode 46-Ancient Tongues Modern Times

by | Oct 12, 2020

How do Irish and Scottish Gaelic languages relate to traditional music? And how do these ancient tongues resonate today?

In this episode, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Séamus Ó Flatharta, Ciarán Bolger, Michael Coult, Julie Fowlis, Mary Jane Lamond, and Brian Ó hAirt help me understand connections between language and songs.

There’s also plenty of music in this episode. Full playlist below.

Thank you to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Jane Knight, Tinka, Roland Hebborn, Marina Poggemann, Emil Hauptmann, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Susan Walsh, Rick Rubin, Randy Krajniak, Jon Duvick, Suezen Brown, John Plock, Joel DeLashmit, and Gerry Corr

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And for Japanese speakers who want to get started with Irish Music Stories, the first episode has been translated fully (transcript) by Ryoko Murakami, with support from Tomoaki Hatekeyama HERE

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 46
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: “Déirín Dé – The Last of the Light,” from Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs – An Draighneán Donn: Amhráin Grá
Artist: Susan McKeown

Song: “A Mhairi Bhoidheach,” from Lan Duil
Artist: Mary Jane Lamond

Song: “Puirt-À-Beul Set: Fodor Dha Na Gamhna Beaga” from Gach Sgeul / Every Story
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Tune: “Chimes,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Amhrán Pheadair Bhreathnaigh,” from Local Ground
Artist: Altan (feat. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh)

Song: “Liontar Duinn an,” from Down the Green Fields
Artist: Bua (feat. Brian Ó hAirt)

Song: “Dh’ eirich mi moch madainn cheòthar,” from alterum
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Song: “Báidín Fheilimí,” Irish Songs We Learned at School, Ar Ais Arís!
Artist: John Spillane

Tune: “Dark Low Jig,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Meaning of Life,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Bb Intro Groove,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “An Mhaighdean Mhara,” from Island Angel
Artist: Altan (feat. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh)

Song: “Live Clip,” from The Burren Pub
Artist: High Time

Song: “An Tiarna Randal,” from Sunda
Artist: Hightime

Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Slip Jig Dreams,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Enach Cuain,” from The Road From Connemara
Artist: Joe Heaney

Song: “O Conamara,” from Live at Dean Cetner-Performing Arts
Artist: Hightime

Tune: “Triumph Theme,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Pound the Floor,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Washington Post March,” from Have A Little Faith
Artist: Bill Frisell

Song: “Dh’èirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheòthar,” from alterum
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Tune: “After Hours Theme,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Beidh Aonach Amárach (There’s a Fair Tomorrow),” from The Best of Altan – The Songs
Artist: Altan (feat. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh)

Song: “Touch the Sky,” from Brave (Original Score)
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Tune: “Chimes,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “A ghoul leig dhachaigh dam nmhàthair mi,” from Gach Sgeul / Every Story
Artist: Julie Fowlis

Song: “A Mhorag ‘s Na Horo Gheallaidh, from Lan Duil
Artist: Mary Jane Lamond

Song: “Air a’ Ghille Tha Mo Rùn (It is the Lad that I Love),” from Seinn
Artists: Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Song: “Chi Mi Na Morbheanna,” from Mouth Music
Artist: Talitha MacKenzie

Tune: Tune For Mairead & Anna Ni Mhaonaigh,” from Liz Carroll
Artists: Liz Carroll and Dáithí Sproule

Tune: “Seinn O,” from Suas e!
Artist: Mary Jane Lamond

Tunes: “Ifearnáin,” (Boys of Ballisoaire) from Suna
Artist: Hightime

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