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The Gloaming

Saturday, 25 January, 2014

Combine the incomparable fiddle playing of Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh with the sean-nós singing of Iarla Ó Lionaird and back it up with the guitar of Dennis Cahill and the keyboards of Thomas Bartlett and the you’ve got The Gloaming. They’ve just recorded their first studio album, but their natural setting is the live performance.

Thugamar Féin An Samhradh Linn is a traditional Irish song that was sung on May Day (Lá Bealtaine). In his notes on the song, the 19th century music collector Edward Bunting wrote that it “is probably extremely ancient”.

Bábóg na Bealtaine, maighdean an tSamhraidh,
Suas gach cnoc is síos gach gleann,
Cailíní maiseacha bán-gheala gléasta,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn.

Samhradh, samhradh, bainne na ngamhna,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn.
Samhradh buí na nóinín glégeal,
Thugamar féin an samhradh linn.

Mayday doll, maiden of Summer
Up every hill and down every glen,
Beautiful girls, radiant and shining,
We have brought the Summer in.

Summer, Summer, milk of the calves,
We have brought the Summer in.
Yellow summer of clear bright daisies,
We have brought the Summer in.


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