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Songs of Aran

Various Artists
Songs of Aran

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.

Track Listing

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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