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The Gartan Mother's Lullaby

First line:
Sleep, oh babe, for the red bee hums
County Donegal
author of text

According to the harper Mary O’Mara in her book A Song for Ireland, Gartan is ‘famous as the birthplace of Columcille (c521 AD) who gave the city of Derry its name and who is better known as the founder of a Christian outpost on the Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland’. Collected by Mac Cathmhaoil from a Donegal woman called Cáit Ní Dubhthaigh, The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby exhibits characters and images from Gaelic mythology throughout the narrative of this gentle song.

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2015


Invisible Stars
Studio Master: SIGCD436Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD436 [3'06] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD436 track 5

Recording date
22 March 2015
Recording venue
Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion monthly sampler - January 2016 (HYP201601)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: January 2016
    Download-only sampler
  2. Invisible Stars (SIGCD436)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: December 2015
    Download only
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