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Thread #2747   Message #3796485
Posted By: keberoxu
18-Jun-16 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Glenroe theme / Cuaichin Ghleann Neifin
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Glenroe theme / Cuaichin Ghleann Neifin
There are two references on this thread to the Gael Linn vinyl LP collecting the songs recorded by Máire Ní Scolaí. The LP track listing -- and the label on the vinyl disc -- gives the song title as Cuaichín Ghleann Neifín. Elsewhere I have observed references to this same recording under the title "Mainistir na Buaille."

The performance included in the "Máire Ní Scolaí" album, which was released on long-playing vinyl in 1971, is, like all the tracks on this Gael Linn album, a recording made many years earlier and for someone other than the Gael Linn label. This song in fact is an arrangement for voice with piano accompaniment, and is included on the long-playing side (Side 2) that has the 1938-1939 78 RPM singles recorded in London for HMV; lacking more specific documentation, I cannot say for certain that this recording was first released as a 78 single on HMV, but it is possible and appears likely. If this is so, the recording was made when the artist was well under the age of forty years, and in her physical and vocal prime.

In a future post I will have listened to the Gael Linn re-release of this performance, and will come back to this thread to confirm the statement quoted from Brian O'Rourke's "Blas Meala" about which verses of the sean-nós lyric are documented in Máire Ní Scolaí's recorded performance.