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'Sí do Mhamó í

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‘Sí do Mhamó í (‘She’s your Granny’), a playful song about a woman from the Connemara coast, depicts the local gossip on the topic of whether or not the wealthy Máire Ní Chathasaigh will agree to marry a much younger man. She is portrayed as someone with sufficient funds to put coaches on the road, an expensive undertaking in the nineteenth century, and one with enough strength to outpace a steamboat—not necessarily the most attractive trait in a Victorian woman! Whispering the lyric ‘airgead’ (money) throughout the piece, the choir insinuates that the young lad is interested in her wealth rather than in her other not-too-visible attributes!

from notes by Desmond Earley © 2015


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


Track 12 on SIGCD436 [2'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD436 track 12

Recording date
22 March 2015
Recording venue
Castleknock College Chapel, Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
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  1. Invisible Stars (SIGCD436)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: December 2015
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