Some sean-nós favourites

An explanation of the term “sean-nós”.

Finola Ó Siochrú: Searc mo Chléibh. Listen to 2 minute excerpts of the songs from her album, including the popular Máirín de Barra and her masterful performance of the beautiful Tipperary song An Clár Bog Déil. The album notes and lyric sheet (both from her website) are worth reading.

Róisín Dubh by Caitlín Maude (Youtube file). The great aspirational song of independence sung by a wonderful poet and singer.

The comic song SadhbhBhruinneala is sung here by Dublin singer Róisín Chambers.

Slán le Máigh sung by Máire Uí Dhonnchadha. Not the best interpretation, I think, of Aindreas MacCraith’s song of exile from his native part of Limerick.

Seán Ó Sé sings Iníon an Phailitínigh atop a tourist bus in Cork. 🙂 He also sings a verse of The Bells of Shandon, which takes its tune from Slán Le Máigh. I’m not really sure that Iníon is a sean-nós song, but I liked it. 😉

Iarla Ó Lionáird sings Táimse im’ Chodladh. Lyrics in Irish are here – note that these lyrics are obviously nationalist, whereas some versions are more general in tone.

Bruach na Carraige Báine on the flute. Lyrics.

Sliabh na mBan on the uileann pipes. A beautiful tune. The song is about the failure of the 1798 rebellion in Tipperary. Lyrics.

Úna Dheas Ní Nia sung by Naisrín Elsafty.

If anyone comes across videos or other streaming files of Nioclás Tóibín, I’d love to be able to include them here.

There are a ton more – I might do a second post or update this. Any suggestions are welcome.

Part 2 of this post.


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