*Part of my series on Irish music!*
Pursuing my Irish theme, Songlines led me to the duo of Connemara singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and County Clare fiddler Ultan O’Brien, with their splendid recent album Solas an lae. Here’s the playlist:
Such comfortable musicking! On a whimsical note, here’s Máirseáil Na Sióg:
But they present more disturbing songs too, like Tá Na Páipéir Dhá Saighneáil, tale of a bride-to-be mourning her beloved’s departure for war (cf. Soave sia il vento!):
And the harrowing All our lonely ghosts, a lament about the institutional abuse of women and children in Ireland—a topical theme:
Here they are with Jayne Pomplas:
From 2017 film Song of granite: source here.
This led me to sean-nós singing of an earlier vintage, such as this wonderful playlist of Seosamh O hÉanaí (Joe Heaney):
Here’s his version of Tá Na Páipéir Á Saighneáil, rich in nasalisations:
Note from the Plain People of Ireland: if it’s intense solo monophonic singing you’re after, then dhrupad‘s your man too!