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Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology

GUEST,Fianna O'riely 14 Sep 00 - 06:35 AM
Big Mick 14 Sep 00 - 09:14 AM
MMario 14 Sep 00 - 09:47 AM
Mbo 14 Sep 00 - 10:06 AM
GUEST,Susan-Marie 14 Sep 00 - 10:27 AM
Alice 14 Sep 00 - 10:44 AM
GUEST,Susan-Marie 14 Sep 00 - 10:49 AM
MMario 14 Sep 00 - 11:29 AM
Peg 14 Sep 00 - 12:03 PM
Mrrzy 14 Sep 00 - 12:08 PM
Metchosin 14 Sep 00 - 12:38 PM
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Subject: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Fianna O'riely
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 06:35 AM

I don't really know old traditional irish songs. can anyone give me names of songs that tell about myth stories? thanks. Fianna


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Big Mick
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 09:14 AM

I am really glad you started this thread. Somewhere, on a long lost tape I remember a song about Oisin and Niamh and the Isle of Tir Na n-Og. I am pulling from memory, so forgive mistakes but it seems like it started with

Across the misty morning Isle of Erin,
Comes Niamh ......on her snow white steed


Anyone remember this? I would love to figure out who did it and get a CD. Damn, one part of aging that sucks is when the memory starts to go......

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 09:47 AM

This book here seems like it would be an interesting place to start. Don't foget that if you go through the links from mudcat instead of directly then the Mudcat gets a small percentage.

url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567186580/deannasworld0d/002-6523118-9032869


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Mbo
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 10:06 AM

Check out the albums The Tain and The Book of Invasions by The Horslips. Excellent songs dealing with Celtic mythology.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAND OF YOUTH / TIR NA OG (from MBrennan
From: GUEST,Susan-Marie
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 10:27 AM

This is not the song Big Mick remembers, but it's the same story. It's a modern song, not traditional. The Irish Gaelic is missing all the accents - someday I'll have to figure out how to do that.

LAND OF YOUTH (TIR NA OG)
Maire Brennan (from her 1992 album Maire Brennan)

Chorus: Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Fan liom i gconai
Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Beith mise dilis
Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Tusa mo mhuirin
Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Fan ag mo thaobh sa
(My love, stay with me. Always be true to me.
You are my sweetheart. Stay by my side.)

Beauty and grace with golden hair
Eyes like pearls came from the sea

CHORUS

Carried away on impulse
Followed my heart to the Land of Youth
Three hundred years and time stood still
Champions calling their warning

Wherever you will go I will go
Wherever you turn I'll follow so
Take me to the Land of Youth

CHORUS

Three hundred years
Fallen to earth the thunder sound
Years overtake him, a grey old man

CHORUS
(and then repeat last half of chorus:)
Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Tusa mo mhuirin
Is gra geal mo chroi thu
Fan ag mo thaobh sa

Three hundred years

Copyright 1992 Clannad Music/BMG Records

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 3-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Alice
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 10:44 AM

If you put @myth in the Digitrad search box, you get lots of songs related to mythology, some Celtic. LUGHNASAD DANCE is one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Susan-Marie
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 10:49 AM

MMArio - I've looked at "A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs" - my recollection is that it's all songs by a modern author, so if you're looking for traditional stuff you might not be interested.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 11:29 AM

I was afraid of that. But it was the only thing I found in a search that looked even close...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Peg
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:03 PM

The band that does "Tir na Nog" (from the '70s) is on the tip of my tongue...I am on it!

Are you mainly interested in Irish-based mythology? There are also plenty of songs about old folk heroes that are English ballads, or Scottish...Bonny Prince Charlie inspired quite a few in Ireland and Scotland...

Thomas the Rhymer by Steeleye Span comes to mind...

Standing Stones (recorded by Loreena McKennitt) tells a tragic love story set near a mythical lover's stone in the Orkney isles...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Mrrzy
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:08 PM

I love the childrens show about the Knights of Tir-Na-n-Og... and in a song whose name escapes me, but the chorus runs Let Erin remember the days of old... there is a mention of Malachy (spelled in real life a lot longer than that!), but I was never clear if he was a real or a mythical personage. That song also has the nicest phrasing about a common view of Ireland/England - "The emerald gem of the Western world was set in the crown of a stranger" - beautiful imagery, that...

VERY good thread!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Metchosin
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:38 PM

Type Silkie into the DT and you will get a number of songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: MMario
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:40 PM

Peg - as I understand it, Standing stones, the song, comes from a local legend about an actual standing stone circle...or at least that's what the web site I read from the orkneys said about it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Mbo
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:42 PM

Ferdiad just laughed and shook his golden hair...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Metchosin
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:56 PM

Also on on one level, Loreena McKennitt's Stolen Child based upon the poem by W.B Yeats.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Peg
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 12:57 PM

Mick,

yes you are right, it is in the Peter Kennedy book (Loreena added some lyrics for her chorus). I think the "lover's stone" in the song is one of the stones that people can walk through? and are blessed forever with love if they do so...didn't work for this unfortunate couple, sadly...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Alice
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 01:53 PM

Fianna, are you still with us? Are any of these ideas what you had in mind?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 03:12 PM

Edw. Bunting's 1840 collection, 'Ancient Music of Ireland', text page 87, gives "Dierdre's Lamentation" [text is English and song is probably 18th century]. See the Irish tune index on my website for copies of the tune. Search this Forum for info on 'Dierdre' [story of]. If the story is real, then it must have happened shortly before Fergus mac Roch moved to what is now Scotland, very close to 500 CE.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Bruce O.
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 03:21 PM

Sorry, I forgot to mention that the spelling is sometimes 'Deirdre', as Bunting has.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: mousethief
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 05:01 PM

If you count faeries as "celtic mythology" then the song Thomas the Rhymer (the only version I've ever heard is the Steeleye Span version) would count also.

Alex
O..O
=o=


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Ro
Date: 14 Sep 00 - 08:43 PM

Hello. I just had a question. Does anyone know where I can find mp3 of some ballads in this catagory? I have to find something for school, and I don't know where to look. Any answer will help greatly. Thanks, Ro luzallen@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: maire-aine
Date: 21 May 05 - 08:59 AM

Refresh. Still looking for more material. Thanks, M.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Allen
Date: 21 May 05 - 10:18 AM

Try Phil Lynott's tribute to his Irish heritage the fantastic "Roisin Dubh" which can be found on Thin Lizzy's "Black Rose".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 01:31 PM

Mandrake Press (click) has a very extensive dictionary of Celtic mythological beings.

I came across a Celtic myth filk song in the Digital Tradition last night, On Midsummer Day, by Murtaugh. I wonder who Murtaugh was, and where the song came from. If anybody knows, please post in the Origins thread for the song.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: GUEST,Neahga
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 09:18 PM

Why not write to NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock radio show (http://thistleradio.com/) to ask if they have any suggestions?

The lady who DJs the show has quite a varied guest list and may have some good ideas of whom to contact, or where to go next.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 10:25 PM

Stan Rogers "Giant"
http://www.last.fm/music/Stan+Rogers/_/Giant?autostart


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs about celtic mythology
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 30 Oct 08 - 10:28 PM

Try Again
Giant


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