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Leabhar Mór na nAmhrán


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Product ID: 35834 ISBN: 9781909367586 Category: Tags: ,

Winner of Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin, Book of the Year, 2013

This is a book for students, for singers and for anyone who would like to gain a wider understanding of traditional Irish singing. It contains over 400 traditional Irish sean-nós songs gathered from all over the country. Each song is accompanied by comprehensive background notes on the origins of the songs, the composers, the myriad ways that the songs radiated into the tradition and notes on the people who sing the songs today.

Leabhar Mór na nAmhrán contains both well-known songs and less well-known songs. There are big songs and small songs, long and short songs, fast and short songs and new and old songs.

These are the songs that, at times, kept the people alive. Songs that gave comfort, solace, courage, pleasure and hope when times were hard. They were songs to raise the spirit and the people held them to their hearts. These songs are as compelling today as they were in times gone by.’-Micheál Ó Conghaile


Micheál Ó Conghaile: Writer and publisher. Established Cló Iar-Chonnacht in 1985. Member of Aos Dána. Editor of the song collections, Croch Suas É! (1986) and Up Seanamhach (1990).

Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg: From Cois Fharraige in Connemara. Senior editor with Cló Iar-Chonnacht since 2005. Co-author of the book, Tobar an Dúchais: Béaloideas as Conamara agus Corca Dhuibhne (2007).

Peadar Ó Ceannabháin: Sean-nós singer from Aill na Brón in Iorras Aintheach, Connemara. Lives in Dublin. University lecturer and editor of the book Éamon a Búrc: Scéalta (1983). He has written about sean-nós singing in various journals and can be heard singing himself on the album, Mo Chuid den Saol (CICD131).

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Weight250 g