Free to the world – 50 new Irish language art songs

Free to the world – 50 new Irish language art songs
Anna Devin will perform at St Peter’s Church of Ireland in Drogheda this Tuesday: the concert will be recorded and released for free on a dedicated website Pic: Patrick Redmond

The creation of 50 new art songs in the Irish language is to be welcomed, particularly with an increasing interest in our overall music heritage.

For too long, it has been perceived that the arrival of Herr Handel in Dublin in 1742 represented the beginning of our music tradition, but the hallelujahs that rang through Fishamble Street on that historic day represented not Irish tradition as such, but the high-point of a British oratorio tradition created...

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