Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Avoiding Pursuit: Maighread ni Dhomhnaill and "Amhran Pheadar Breathnach"

Today's song, Amhrán Pheadar Breathnach, is by Maighread ni Dhomhnaill, an Irish musician was brought up as a native Irish speaker in Kells, County Meath. Her family was a well known musical family and collectors of Irish music. She was part of the highly regarded group Skara Brae, which recorded only one album, but that album is considered a classic of Irish music because it first brought pop and guitars to traditional Irish tunes, and it was the first to include vocal harmonization in Irish traditional songs. Maighread ni Dhomhnaill gave up music for a while, studying nursing and raising a family, but has since come back to music, performing with the West Ocean String Quartet and joining her sister Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Brennan and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh as part of the Celtic supergroup T with the Maggies. Amhran Pheadar Breathnach is from her 1991 album Gan Dhá Phingin Spré (No Dowry) and can also be found on the CD Putumayo Presents Women of the World: Celtic.