Can anyone suggest some music "as Gaeilge?"
Music has been a very big help in learning German for me, and, now that Irish is out, I was hoping someone could point me to some good music to help me with my Irish. I imagine it shouldn't be too hard to please me - I like Celtic music from what I've heard - but, so far, my only real experience is hearing Siúil a Rún performed live (and absolutely beautifully) in Killarney in June.
Clannad is always a good option for Celtic music. They are from Donegal and have been around for more than 40 years. They have a good mixture of traditional folk and New Age music. I got exposed to quite a bit of Irish by listening to them. (And yes, they also have a version of Siúil a Rún. :D )
Music is in fact the very reason I decided to learn Irish - I listen to a lot of Irish music and I like to sing too, and it was SO exhausting to try and learn to pronounce lyrics correctly without having a clue about the language. The spelling alone was so baffling ;) Now it's such fun! Here are some artists/albums/songs that I like: - John Spillane, Gaelic Hit Factory - and especially Buile Mo Chroí, although Karan Casey's version is even better!
-Grainne Holland!! I just love every song on her two albums and they are real good for learning too, just what you're looking for I think! - Solas do a few Irish-language songs (Á Chomaraigh Aoibhinn Ó gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it!) - Altan has some great versions of traditional Irish songs - Cathie Ryan does a few in Irish, my favourite: Peata Beag Do Mháthar – I'm a huge fan of Cara Dillon's beautiful voice. Her version of Táimse i m' Chodhladh was THE song that made me fall in love with Irish and was the reason I started learning it.
Btw: Kudos to you for learning German - my native language :)
I made a playlist of songs in Irish on spottily:
I don't know if you're going to like her, but my only association with Irish music is Enya. She sings mostly in English, but she also has some songs in Irish, such as "Na laetha geal m'óige (The happy days of my youth)", "Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night)", "The Celts" and others. You may know her with the song "Only Time", which was very popular about ten years ago and so on. I also would recommend you The Cranberries, but I have no idea whether they have songs in Irish. I hope I've helped you. :D
For Seachtain na Gaeilge a lot of Irish artists record their songs in Irish and they're compiled on to an album. The albums are called things like "Ceol '08", "Ceol '09" depending on the year they were released. This website has the tracklist for these albums from 2005 to 2012. I'd definitely recommend you check them out, pretty sure all the songs are on youtube, just copy and paste the title and artist and you're good to go!
Unfortunately most musicians in Ireland sing in English (even traditional ones) and the Irish songs wouldn't be as well known. Off the top of my head I'd only know "Oró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile", "Pegeen Leitir Mór" and "Fáinne Geal An Lae".
One thing I think you might like is séan nós (old style) music. Essentially it is one person alone singing without music. It can be very beautiful and very powerful and is mostly in Irish. A google or youtube search for sean nos will bring up plenty.
I haven't seen many examples of modern/popular artists singing 'as Gaeilge', sadly. But there are a few. I know Sinéad O'Connor has recorded at least two traditional Irish songs 'as Gaeilge', including "Óró Sé do Bheatha Abhaile" which a few people have mentioned already:
And the great Kate Bush (whose mother was from Co. Waterford) has sung in Irish too! =)
^ Bit of trivia: the music of that song "Mná na hÉireann" was written by Seán Ó'Riada, a prolific Irish composer who sadly died quite young. His daughter, Liadh Ní Riada, was elected as an MEP (Member of the European Parliament) in May 2014.
The groups Kíla and Afro Celt Sound System. A few albums from Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Iarla Ó Lionáird are all good ones too.