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Modern Irish Music?

I learn best by audio, and I find having music to listen to while studying a language really helpful. Does anyone have any suggestions for bands that have songs with Irish lyrics? I really like Clannad, but I haven't been able to find a lot besides that.

2 years ago

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TG Lurgan make covers of popular songs in Irish. Just look up "TG Lurgan" on YouTube

2 years ago

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You can find the lyrics, in Irish and English, along with links to YouTube videos of many of these songs, plus many more traditional songs at http://SongsInIrish.com/.

2 years ago

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For more traditional songs, there are two albums, "Irish Songs We Learned in School" and "More Irish Songs We Learned in School" by John Spillage containing everything from Báidín Fheilimí and Beidh Aonach Amárach to An Spailpín Fánach an An Puc ar Buile, sung in very clear Munster Irish.

The CDs don't seem to be available anymore, but the digital albums can be found in the Google Play Store, the Microsoft Store, Amazon and iTunes, and you can listen to most of them on YouTube too.

2 years ago

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Awesome, I'll check those out!

2 years ago

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TG Lurgan/Seo Linn are great for covers, as are the CDs "Ceol '10" etc. but there is original music out there too:

Electronica: Aeons - Bealtaine, An Fhuil (which features singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and rapper Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin)

IMLÉ play a mixture of genres from pop to rap to atmospheric, well worth checking out

Rock/punk: Rís - Yahú (especially the song Purgadóir); Dysania - An Treo Eile

John Spillane - The Gaelic Hit Factory. It's hard to categorise but it's well worth checking out - the powerful rhythm of Rugadh Orm i gCorcaigh always gets my blood pumping

Blues: Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin - Imíonn an t-Am

Reggae/Ska: Bréag; Boss Sound Manifesto

Janet Devlin put out a song called "Suantraí Meisciúil"

Pop: Inni-K has one or two tracks as Gaeilge on her album The King Has Two Donkey's Ears; Spats Colombo has some too e.g. Faeoiseamh and Ní ag Cur i gCéill

In general, make sure to check out the annual NÓS music awards which acts as a platform for new and innovative Gaelic music in Ireland

1 year ago

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Several playlists on Youtube, Spotify, and likely elsewhere. Can be found by searching for "as Gaeilge", which means "in Irish" (literally "from Irish", I believe). The first results for such a search on YouTube is the aforementioned "TG Lurgan".

2 years ago

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The Wolfe Tones recorded an album entirely as Gaeilge released in 1980, it is appropriately titled "As Gaeilge" :) I like the aforementioned Lurgan videos, the production is great and they always post the lyrics. You could also buy some books of Irish/Celtic songs, many of them have songs with printed music and lyrics, or check out www.celticlyricscorner.net, there's lots there.

Be forewarned though, in order to make the words fit with a melody or for dramatic effect, many times a songwriter will change the word order, making the song lyrics grammatically incorrect, at least from an educational perspective.

2 years ago