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New Age: Celtic New Age Folk: Irish Traditional Moods: Spiritual
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Cumha

by Brendan Ring

Beautiful Celtic music, including pibroch, traditional tunes and original compositions, played on the Gaelic clarsach (wire-strung harp).
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Pibroch Chlann Raonailt
5:09 album only
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2. The Tiger Moth
2:02 album only
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3. Gan Aimn the Honourable Thomas Burke
3:45 album only
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4. Tony's Cumha
4:12 album only
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5. Nancy Cooper Pibroch Prelude Sheila's Cumha
4:41 album only
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6. The White Oak
2:28 album only
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7. Cumh Easbig Earraghaal
8:35 album only
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8. Eleanor Plunkett Out On the Ocean
3:23 album only
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9. An Ghe Agus An Gra Geal (The Goose And Bright Love) Mrs Costello
3:30 album only
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10. Gan Ainm Crowley's Reel
2:43 album only
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11. Irish Icaro
2:52 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The word 'Cumha' is found as a prefix to many pieces of ancient gaelic music.

In Scottish gaelic it means a lament, in Irish gaelic, melancholy.

The gaelic scholar and harper Mícheál Ó Geallabháin, described cumha to me, as not necessarily involving death but also having a sense of separation about it. When the immigrants left Ireland and their families, they would have felt cumha, when the mare is separated from the foal, this is cumha. It seems to me that today, much of the world is in a state of cumha, separated from ourselves, from each other, from nature and the universe.

Some of the music here is unashamedly mystical in origin, coming from my journeys into the world of shamanism and interactions with plant and animal spirits, in an attempt to heal my own cumha. The harpers of old were no strangers to shamanic states of consciousness, Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin is said to have heard the melody of what was later to become Danny Boy from the faeries and O'Carolan is said to have written Bridget Cruise after falling asleep on a fairy hill and hearing the melody in a dream. I continue this tradition of the mystical shamanic harper and offer the music here in the spirit of re-connexion, harmony and healing for all those experiencing cumha.

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