To Thread - Forum Home

The Mudcat Café TM
12 messages

Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget

23 Apr 02 - 01:57 PM (#696645)
Subject: Altan song about St. Bridget
From: Bearheart

Altan was in our town this week for a concert (Athens OH is a small college town and we don't get many Celtic bands here--SIGH!!!) It was of course incredible, and they got a great reception. Hopefully they'll be back. If anyone has been waffling about seeing them this round, don't. Just go.

DS sang --I love it when he does, and it's fairly rare that he does, I think-- this beautiful Gaelic song about St. Bridget-- with a great lead-in about the Goddess Bride (SP?) and her reinventing herself as the saint when Ireland became Christian. Anyway it is a gorgeous song, and I don't do Gaelic, so I'd like the words, the tune and a translation if possible. (I didn't notice that they had recorded it on any of the CDs they had for sale... Does anyone know if they have?)



23 Apr 02 - 02:27 PM (#696669)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget

I believe it is on Daithi's excellent CD "A Heart Made of Glass". If you love his singing, you need this CD!

23 Apr 02 - 02:33 PM (#696673)

Oops! Forget to give you the song. Hope the line breaks come out properly. Title is "Gabham molta Bride"

Gabham molta Bhríde,
Gabham molta Bhríde,
Ionúin í hÉireann,
Ionúin le gach tír í,
Molaimis go léir í.

Lóchrann geal na Laighneach.
'Soilsiú feadh na tíre,
Ceann ar óghaibh Éireann,
Ceann na mban ar míne.

Tig an geimhreadh dian dubh
'Gearradh lena ghéire;
Ach ar lá 'le Bríde
Gar dúinn Earrach Éireann.


Hymn to St Brigid

Far above, enthroned in glory,
Sweetest saint of Erin's Isle.
See thy children kneel before thee,
Turn on us a mothers smile.

Sancta Mater, hear our pleading,
Faith and hope and holy love.
Sweet Saint Brigid spouse of Jesus,
Sent to us from heaven above.

Sweet Saint Brigid, all thy children,
Far and near, o'er land and sea.
'Mid the world and in the cloister
fondly turn with love to thee.

Sancta Mater, soothe the mourner,
Shield the weary tempted soul.
Sweet Saint Brigid, guide thy children
to that bright and happy home.


line breaks added by mudelf ;-)

23 Apr 02 - 02:51 PM (#696689)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget

Och! That didn't work a'tall! Anyway, I did a quick cut and paste job from the lovely St Brigid's Parish website here:

It has always been my favorite song by Daithi--the album was on Green Linnet, but I'm afraid I don't know much about the availability of it now.

23 Apr 02 - 03:01 PM (#696699)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget
From: Bearheart


Thank you so much! Glad to hear that it is available on CD. I will look for it. Since it is worked out so nicely in English it lokks like I will be able to sing it too. Does the English version fit with the tune well?


23 Apr 02 - 07:01 PM (#696917)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget
From: ciarili

That's a really old song, I believe, as in centuries. I don't know about the tune, though.


23 Apr 02 - 07:05 PM (#696922)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget
From: Sorcha

Very, very good Guest!! One gold star here!

24 Apr 02 - 10:42 AM (#697467)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget


When I've heard Daithi perform the song live, he tells a story that the song is either quite ancient, or possibly 20 years old. ;-) I can't quite recall where he found the song, but it seems to me he got it at a summer college in Co. Donegal. While many hymns are over a 100 years old, most which have survived in Ireland have been composed more recently.

As to the CD--I had the chance since yesterday to check the web for it. Green Linnet only has it on cassette. However, Amazon has it one CD for (if I'm remembering correctly) around $22.00!!! Ouch!

24 Apr 02 - 02:13 PM (#697637)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Altan song about St. Bridget
From: GUEST,Philippa

A previous thread starts with a link to the lyrics at Áine's website and continues with other links and information about St. Bridgid.
I haven't heard Altan's recording but Eithne Ní Ullacháin recorded this song with La Lugh.

25 May 12 - 08:03 AM (#3355444)
Subject: RE: Gabhaim Molta Bhride
From: GUEST,Philippa

apparently Gabhaim Molta Bhríde is not all that old as traditional songs go, although the lyrics are written in an old style
The song is attributed to Tomás Ó Flannghaile (1846-1916. Ó Flannghaile was born in Co Mayo, and was a native speaker of Irish, but he was only about 6 years old when his family moved to Manchester. Ó Flannghaile later taught at a training college in London. Among his other songs was "Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig", a hymn to St Patrick.

25 May 12 - 08:25 AM (#3355452)
Subject: RE: Gabhaim Molta Bhride
From: GUEST,Philippa

O Flannghaile biography in Irish

poetic translation of Gabhaim Molta Bríde

(note that the English language hymn to St Brigid given in the message of 23 Apr 2002 is a different song, not a version of the Gabhaim Molta Bríde lyrics)

10 Jan 22 - 07:02 PM (#4131870)
Subject: RE: Gabhaim Molta Bríde (Brighde)
From: Felipa


I praise Brigid
Beloved in Ireland
Beloved in all countries
Let us all praise her

The bright torch of Leinster
Shining throughout the country
The pride of Irish youth
The pride of our gentle women

The severe dark winter comes
Cutting with its sharpness
But on Brigid’s Day
Spring is near to Ireland

recording by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin