Friday, February 5, 2021

Fáinne Geal an Lae

This setting of "Fáinne Geal an Lae" is a collaboration between myself and performance poet Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin. Séamus is foregoing his slam poetry roots for a more traditional sound in this single. "Fáinne Geal an Lae" opens “Macalla Chill Áirne” - a short film we'll be releasing this summer. The film is a recreation of the Victorian era tour through Killarney's lakes, and Séamus is the main actor there-in. On film, Séamus sings while rowing on Lough Leane (the lake that inspired the song centuries ago). This version of the song was recorded at Trouble or Fortune Studios on High St. a couple of months ago. The post production of the film is being wrapped up as we speak. This single release is a teaser for the music and sound inspired film to come. "Fáinne Geal an Lae" was first published in a book of Irish folk song by Edward Walsh in the 1830's. A previous song with the same name appears in the repertoire of the brothers Connellan in the 17th century. I'm playing harmonium and synths on this track, Séamus is on vocals.