Monday, April 17, 2017

To the Wars: Celtic Woman and "Siúl a Rún"

Celtic Woman performs today's random song, called Siúl a Rún. Celtic Woman was founded in 2004 by David Kavanagh, Sharon Browne and former musical producer of Riverdance, David Downes. Five female Irish musicians who had never before performed together were recruited to perform both traditional and modern music - the intent was to build upon the popularity of such Irish performers as Enya, Moya Brennan and Clannad. Over the years the lineup has changed a lot - the group has ten former members and is currently made up of Máiréad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Éabha McMahon and Tara McNeill. Celtic Woman has been named Billboard's World Music Artist of the Year six times, and has seventeen albums to their name. Siúl a Rún is a traditional lament from the point of view of a woman whose lover has left on his military career and her desire to support him. The title can be translated as "Go, My Love" and the song is one of the most widely sung in the traditional Irish repertoire. You can find this version on Celtic Woman's 2016 album Destiny.