The West’s Awake

Here’s a beautiful video of the song The West’s Awake with words from writer Thomas Osbourne Davis. This version was on Lumiere‘s first CD, also featuring the talents of Damien Dempsey.  Their 2013 album is titled My Dearest Dear.

The West’s Awake

When all beside a vigil keep,
The West’s asleep, the West’s asleep –
Alas! and well may Erin weep
When Connacht lies in slumber deep.
There lake and plain smile fair and free,
‘Mid rocks their guardian chivalry.
Sing, Oh ! let man learn liberty
From crashing wind and lashing sea.

That chainless wave and lovely land
Freedom and nationhood demand;
Be sure the great God never planned
For slumb’ring slaves a home so grand.
And long a brave and haughty race
Honoured and sentinelled the place.
Sing, Oh! not even their sons’ disgrace
Can quite destroy their glory’s trace.

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Óró Mo Bháidín

An sweet Irish lullaby about a boat today – this time from the ladies of Lumiere. This is found on their self-titled CD Lumiere.

Óró mo bháidín

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Óró mo bháidín a’ snámh ar an gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
Óró mo churraichín ó
Óró mo bháidín

Crochfaidh mé seólta ‘gus bogfaidh mé siar
Óró mo bháidín
‘S go hoíche Fhéile Eoin ní thicofaidh mé aniar
Óró mo bháidín

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‘S nach breá í mo bháidín a’ snámh ar an gcuan
Óró mo bháidín
‘S na maidí á dtarraingt go láidir ‘s go buan
Óró mo bháidín

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Blockbuster Concert At 2013 Temple Bar TradFest

Check out this awesome concert on January 22, 2013 as part of the Dublin’s Temple Bar TradFest!  Can someone hook a man up with free tickets, flight, and accommodations?

A Stór Mo Chroí- A Musical Gathering

This collective of Singers and Musicians is made up of members of the most progressive and influential traditional groups of the past fifteen years. Combined they represent, Solas, Lunasa, Danu, At First Light,Lumiere, Nomos, Tamalin, Béal Tuinne and The Sharon Shannon Band.

They have performed all over the world and taken part in the award winning series ‘The Transatlantic Sessions’. They have come together to perform a shared repertoire that celebrates their love of storytelling. Through a collection of beautiful love songs, which cover the range from heartfelt loss to unbridled joy, these performers illustrate their importance in the tradition. Each voice and accompaniment captures the essence of the song.

To have a supergroup of both musicians and vocalists performing together will prove a rare treat for fans of both Traditional and Folk music.