Gaoth Barra na dTonn

September 13, 2007 5:02 PM

My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation!

For those wondering, the title means "Gweebara of the Waves". This is a pride-of-place song, lauding the virtues of The Irish Gaeltacht in the Rosses region of Donegal County, and particularly the Gweebara River, which demarcates the Gaeltacht's southern border. A gorgeous song.

posted by LN (3 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

LN, this is amazing and beautiful. As you've been posting songs, I've been thinking about what might best accompany your voice. What do you think about the Harp, the old fashioned stand up kind?

Not that you're asking, of course, but it would be great to hear your voice backed up by another instrument.
posted by snsranch at 6:22 PM on September 13, 2007

For the record your pronunciation is just about spot on! I found a good transcription/translation of the lyrics here for those interested. I'd never actually heard this song before so many thanks for posting it! Fantastic as always!
posted by TwoWordReview at 7:01 PM on September 13, 2007

snsranch: I've been thinking about that too - the harp would be nice, but there's not many harpers around here. A guitarist might be easier to convince.

TwoWordReview, thanks for the confirmation! I'm always terrified of mangling another language, especially if fluent/native speakers are around to hear it. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
posted by LN at 6:54 AM on September 14, 2007

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