Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Music in the Morning - Wednesday

Another crowd today.  You’ll need Gaelic to understand the lyrics but only ears are needed to love the sound.

Mo Ghile Mear (My Dashing Darling)
(From right) Mary Black, Karen Matheson, Mary Ann  Kennedy, Karan Casey, Allan MacDonald, Iarla O Lionaird


  1. My Gaelic? Non-existent, James.

    Are you interested in taking up my offer of your becoming an honorary Celt?

  2. He is my hero, my dashing darling
    He is my caesar, dashing darling.
    I’ve had no rest from forebodings
    Since he went far away my darling.

    Every day I am constantly sad
    Weeping bitterly and shedding tears
    Because our lively lad has left us
    And no news from him is heard alas.

    The cuckoo sings not pleasantly at noon
    And the sound of hounds is not heard in nut-filled woods,
    Nor summer morning in misty glen
    Since he went away from me, my lively boy.

    Noble, proud young horseman
    Warrior unsaddened, of most pleasant countenance
    A swift-moving hand, quick in a fight,
    Slaying the enemy and smiting the strong.

    Let a strain be played on musical harps
    And let many quarts be filled
    With high spirit without fault or mist
    For life and health to toast my lion.

    Dashing darling for a while under sorrow
    And all ireland under black cloaks
    Rest or pleasure I did not get
    Since he went far away my dashing darling.

    For a while I was a gentle maiden
    And now a spent worn-out widow
    My spouse ploughing the waves strongly
    Over the hills and far away.

  3. Thanks for sharing this link, but unfortunately it seems to be offline... Does anybody have a mirror or another source? Please answer to my post if you do!

    I would appreciate if a staff member here at could post it.


  4. link didn't work for me at first, there was a 'crash report' from Adobe but it seems to have repaired itself
    this is the link to YouTube-

    A big thank you to Calum as always but also to the BBC. They give us Transatlantic Sessions, The Highland Sessions, BBC Alba, Radio Scotland and they alone are worth the licence fee.
    And that is before I mention the Proms, the recent broadcast of Rigoletto, BBC4's varied music programmes etc. So three cheers for the much maligned Beeb
    Even the ProgBritannia on BBC4 was highly entertaining for its (unintented) comedy value