Songs of Aran

Songs of Aran

Various Artists FW04002 / FM 4002

This 1957 field recording, Songs of Aran, documents some of the vocal traditions of the Aran Islands, located off of the west coast of Ireland. Sung for the most part in Irish Gaelic, these songs bring to life the barren and sparsely populated islands of Inishmore, Inisheer, and Inishmaan. Included are lullabies, songs to accompany spinning, and two Irish "Caoines," traditional expressions of grief characterized by wailing or crying. Extensive and affectionate liner notes paint a portrait of the island' cultural history, the people, and the music. Among the performers are Margaret Dirrane, one of the lead characters in the noted 1934 film Man of Aran, and her son Sean.

Year Released 1957
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1957 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Celtic; World
Country(s) Ireland; United Kingdom
Instrument(s) Vocals
Language(s) Gaelic-Irish
Subject(s) Courtship; Cries; Dance; Drinking songs; Folksong revival; Grief; Livestock; Love songs; Lullabies; Maritime; Marriage; Migration; Music--British Isles; Music--Ireland; Work songs

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101 Lilting. Beídh Ríl Againn, The Ten-Penny Bit, Smash the Windows Seán Dirrane and Pat Wallace 3:24
102 Máire Stánton - Mary Stanton Seán Dirrane 3:18
103 Lullaby: Thobhá Mo Leanbh (Hush - O, My Child) / Seó-Thín Seó / Seó-Thín Seó, 'S Tú Mo Leanbh (Hush-A-Bye, You're My Little One) (medley) Seán Dirrane 2:06
104 Amhrán Na Trágha Báine - Song of Trabane Margaret Dirrane 2:55
105 Twas Early, Early in the Spring Margaret Dirrane 1:58
106 Óró Mhíle Gràdh - Oro, My Thousand Treasures Margaret Dirrane 1:36
107 An Cailín Fearamhail Fíonn - The Fair Brave Girl Miles Joyce 1:46
108 Sagart Na Cuile Báine - The Priest of Coolbawn Miles Joyce 2:49
109 A Sheáin a Mhic Mo Chomharsan - O John, Son of My Neighbor Miles Joyce 3:10
201 An Droighnean Donn - The Blackthorn Seán Dirrane 2:21
202 Má Théann Tú'un a Aonaigh - If You Go to the Fair Seán Dirrane 3:20
203 Peigí Misteál - Peggy Mitchell Seán Dirrane 3:35
204 Bean A'Leanna - The Ale Woman Seán Dirrane 3:32
205 Amhrán An Téi - Song of the Tea Margaret Dirrane 1:40
206 An Túirnín Lín - The Flax Spinning Wheel Seán Dirrane 1:14
207 Milking Croon: An Tsin, an Tsin Margaret Dirrane 1:04
208 Do-Een Do A-Diddle Am - (Vocables) Margaret Dirrane 0:41
209 Lullaby: Thobha Mo Leanbh / Seo-Thin Seo / 'S Tu Mo Leanbh (medley) Kate Faherty, Margaret Dirrane, and Peg Flaherty 2:57
210 Caoineadh na Marbh - Caoine for the Dead Aran female singer 2:53
211 Caoineadh na Marbh - Caoine for the Dead Bridget Mullin 2:10
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