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First line:
Seo thó, seo thú-ló
author of text
traditional Scottish
translator of text

Although its lyrics make no direct reference to the Nativity scene, this traditional Scottish lullaby is perfectly suited to the events of Christmas night. For his arrangement of the rocking traditional Scottish tune, the Wexford choral composer, Fionntán O Cearbhaill, set the Irish translation by Seán Óg Ó Tuama of the original Scots-Gaelic text. Introduced and supported by the chamber choir, a solo soprano sings the tune. On its repetition, this time by the choir, it is beautifully adorned by a soaring descant sung by the soloist before the lullaby subsides in an appropriately hushed coda.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020


Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 6 on SIGCD643 [2'34] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 6

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: October 2020
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