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Postby eirinn » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:06 pm

I had actually pre-booked the Dinan (in Brittany) workshop before I heard about Voices and Harps at Leo's. I went to Donegal (and cancelled Dinan) because there was Moya and because there was singing. There is no singing (as far as I know) in Dinan. You do get renown harpers in Dinan too, but a Voices and Harps workshop is spot on what I was looking for. So I agree with Dave, singing was as important as harp playing. And one of the participants had never played the harp before.
This Voices and Harps workshop was so brilliant in sooo many aspects!
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Postby Grania » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:56 pm

Amazing for singers and harp players alright - I certainly couldn't say where I learned the most! And let's be honest, could you get two better teachers?

No need to answer that question :D
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Postby nancykrijnen » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:48 pm

:D Wow what a wonderful album!!!!! My favourite song so far is Casadh mo chroi.
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Postby nancykrijnen » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:07 pm

:( Still not received my copy of Voices & Harps. The album is available via iTunes but Bol.com cannot deliver any copy yet.
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Postby alex.trusca88 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:32 pm

I got my copy of "Voices & Harps" from amazon.de. It is such an amazing album. :D
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Postby Dab051176 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:33 pm

@nancykrijnen - Hope you've got your copy of Voices and Harps by now, and it was worth the wait! :wink:

@alex.trusca88 - Welcome to the forum - hope you enjoy it here! Don't be afraid to get in touch if you need a hand with anything! :D
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Postby Dubhy63 » Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:23 am

Welcome to the forum alex.trusca88,have fun ! :D
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Postby nancykrijnen » Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:03 am

Yep I received my copy the 20th of July. I got the music from iTunes in the first place but ofcourse I wanted a copy of the 'real' album. But...I do miss the lyrics.
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Postby Puha » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:39 pm

Today arrived my copy of "Voices and Harps" Its a beautiful album with very emotional songs. I love it, thought I'm listening it yet for first time.
But I miss the lyrics. I dont speak gaelic, so most of the song I only feel, not understand.
Have somebody the lyrics (in english)?
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Postby Roibeard Óg » Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:15 pm

Hi Puha! Hope this helps! [= There will be some wee mistakes in the lyrics I've written, I've a bad ear!! :lol:

My Match is a Makin’ (3:51)

This is a Gaelic match-making song. The lyrics are slightly different than other versions, but the translations are more or less the same: http://celticlyricscorner.net/altan/tamo.htm (the English verses are translations of the previous Gaelic verse)

She Moved Through the Fair (4:53)
A 'ghost' song: http://celticlyricscorner.net/brennan/she.htm

An Seanduine Dóite (3:36)
A very famous Donegal song, with variants in Kerry ('O Dheara Sheanduine'). This song mentions the river Shannon regularly, so I'm guessing this is a song from the South West of Ireland, these lyrics are slightly different from those in the link: http://celticlyricscorner.net/relativit ... nduine.htm

A funny song about not really liking the oul man yer married to!! :lol:

Casadh mo Chroí (2:35)
Moya wrote this song for 'To End All Wars', a film. I've tried writing these lyrics down, not 100% though!

Rachfaidh mise siar sán áit a bhfuil mo thriall
Is beir liom go deo

I will go west [back] where my trial lies
And hold on to me forever


Ó bhual mé air nuair a casadh mo chroí
Is beir liom go deo

I met him when my heart turned
And hold on to me forever


Fada uaim, ó 'ghrá tabhair dom do lámh, fán liom
Is beir liom go deo

Far from me my love, give my your hand, stay with me
And hold on to me forever


Crann Úll (4:07)
A Gaelic traditional song, Moya originally recorded this with Clannad on their album of the same name: http://celticlyricscorner.net/clannad/crann.htm

Carolan’s Concerto (2:26)
One of the most famous tunes from Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan

Longing to See You (3:49)
Moya wrote this for 'To End All Wars'.

We struggle through endless times
A fool cries, softness in his eyes
His long walk to find a way
And give us another day

Chorus
How long will these secrets hide between us now?
How long will the north wind blow?
Oh whisper my name, you're free to let me know
My heart, longing to see you

Some flowers fall apart
The stranger finds morning in my heart
Sweet perfume fills the air
A beauty we can share

Teardrops in my hand
Remind me of what to understand
Together dream of love
The sweetness, this crazy love

Bean Dubh a’ Ghleanna (2:10)
A famous Gaelic sean-nós song, meaning 'Dark Woman of the Glen'. This song is from around Cork (Cormac's grandmother Róise is from there). There is also a Donegal version called 'Moll Dubh a' Ghleanna' (Dark Molly of the Glen -or- Dark Lady of the Glen): http://www.angelfire.com/ri/domhan/clarb05.html

Táim Breoite go Leor (5:34)
A gorgeous song recorded recently by Lumiere, and years ago by Skara Brae (a band featuring Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill of T with the Maggies): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ctajpPK-Rs

Go Brách (3:09)
Moya wrote this for 'To End All Wars', it's also known as 'Mo Mhian'. Sorry for the lack of lyrics!

____ ___ (Chan riamh?) thrialfas
Go brách mo mhian
Ó rún dílis
Go brách mo mhian

_____ (Never before?) I would journey
Forever my love
O faithful darling
Forever, my love


Saol ____ a féin
Nach mbeidh bearadh air

Life ____ his (his ____ life)
May it not be cut short


Ar aghaidh, do shúl'sa
Arraing mo léiriú

In your face, your eyes,
I see my own worry (pangs)


The Streets of Derry (4:42)
A love song from Derry in the north of Ireland. This song has also been recorded by Cara Dillon (with Paul Brady). It's very rare in that it's a song from the woman's perspective (Like seanduine dóite!)
"Tús maith, leath na hoibre!"
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Postby Puha » Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:09 am

Oh, thank you :)
You help me much.
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Re: Voices and Harps - New Album and Website

Postby cantilena91 » Sun May 06, 2012 7:44 pm

Another oldish thread I know, but I also am now a proud owner of this magnificent album! There is no weak spot anywhere, everything sounds so fantabulous that I just cannot single out any particular favourites...! Thanks for the lyrics by the way, too bad they didn't include any of them to the album cover booklet!

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Re: Voices and Harps - New Album and Website

Postby Dab051176 » Mon May 07, 2012 5:26 pm

cantilena91 wrote:Another oldish thread I know, but I also am now a proud owner of this magnificent album! There is no weak spot anywhere, everything sounds so fantabulous that I just cannot single out any particular favourites...! Thanks for the lyrics by the way, too bad they didn't include any of them to the album cover booklet!

Suvi


Good things come to those who wait, Suvi! :wink:

Glad to hear you're enjoying it. I think you'll be enjoying it for a while, too - I've had my copy for the best part of 15 months, now - and it's fair to say that the novelty still hasn't worn off! :D
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Re: Voices and Harps - New Album and Website

Postby cantilena91 » Tue May 08, 2012 5:23 am

Yep, better "late" than never Dave! Thank goodness there is the web and all the online stores, it makes the world so much smaller!

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Re: Voices and Harps - New Album and Website

Postby Dab051176 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:59 pm

Well, it's almost that time again - the Voices and Harps workshop 2012 is almost upon us...... Can't believe it's 12 months since the last one!

Anyway, just to stimulate the forum a bit, and try to get some conversation going, I know there are at least 3 forummers attending, so watch this space after the 25th June, and I'm sure between us there will be plenty of stories (with a bit of luck) photos from the weekend to look forward to! :D
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