Irish, Scottish, folk, and country music from many different neighbourhoods, and sometimes, from behind the scenes
Sunday, August 15, 2010
an Irish blessing
Irish blessings can sometimes be problematic: loads of far too sentimental stuff printed on tea towels and quoted by folk with fake Irish accents. In reality, such blessings are usually much more practical: a grandmother dousing her grand kids with holy water as they settle in for sleep at night, a quiet touch of hand and heart and a kind word at the outset of a journey, an evening’s light turning to night across the hills.
This one has a bit of all that, along with a generous helping of rain, which certainly makes it true to Ireland. The music is by Phil Coulter, the singer at the outset is Aoife Ní Fhearraigh, who is singing the Kyrie in Irish, and Roma Downey says the words of the blessing.