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"'Gartan Mother's Lullaby'" is an old Irish song and poem written by Herbert Hughes and Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil, first published in 'Songs of Uladh [Ulster]' in 1904.[https://www.worldcat.org/title/songs-of-uladh/oclc/77802596&referer=brief_results] World Cat. Songs of Uladh, Irish folk songs, Herbert Hughes and Seosamh MacCathmhaoil published by W&G Baird, Belfast 1904
Hughes collected the traditional melody in Donegal the previous year and Campbell wrote the lyrics. The song is a lullaby by a mother, from the parish of Gartan in County Donegal. The song refers to a number of figures in Irish mythology, places in Ireland and words in the Irish language.
*'Aoibheall', (pronounced "'ee-val'") commonly known as Aoibhinn the Beautiful, is the queen of the Northern Fairies.
*'The Green Man', (or 'Fear Glas' in Irish) it is said if you see him in the morning, "no ill follows"; but if at night, death or some other terrible misfortune will surely overtake you. He is sometimes called 'Fear Liath', or the Grey Man.
*'Siabhra', is a generic term for an Irish fairy of any kind. In ancient writings the Tuatha de Danann, or little magicians of the Pagan Irish, were called "siabhra" without distinction.
*'Tearmann', Irish for Termon, a village near Gartan in Donegal.
*'Leanbhan', is an old Irish word for 'little child'. (leanbh is Irish for child +n leanbhn is its diminutive.)
*2016 - UCD Choral Scholars covered on the album "Invisible Stars"
*2016 - Lisa Cuthbert covered on the album 'Paramour'
*2011 - Screaming Orphans covered on the album 'The Jacket's Green'
*2011 - Deirdre Shannon covered on the album 'Anamcheol'
*2010 - Peter Roberts covered on the album 'Love and the Ferryman'
*2010 - Fionnuala Sherry covered on the album 'Songs From Before'
*2007 -Tracey Rose Brown covered on the album " Songs In The Mist"
*2006 - rla Fallon, covered on the album 'The Water Is Wide'
*2002 - Spiral Dance, covered on the album 'Notes of Being'
*2002 - Kerstin Blodig, covered on the album 'Valivann'
*2000 - Meryl Streep, recorded for the album 'For Our Children: 10th Anniversary'
*1992 - Kim Robertson, recorded for the album 'Tender Shepherd'
*1991 - Paddy Reilly, on his album 'The Gold and Silver Days'
*1977 - Alba, on their album "Alba"
*1972 - The Dubliners, on their album 'Double Dubliners'
*1969 - The Corries, appears on their album 'Strings and Things'
*1963 - The Ian Campbell Folk Group, appears on their album 'This Is The Ian Campbell Folk Group!'
*1959 - Deirdre O'Callaghan, appears on their album 'Folk Songs From Erin'
*1958 - Mary O'Hara, appears on their album 'Songs Of Ireland'
[https://www.worldcat.org/title/music-of-ireland-radio-commentaries-upon-thirty-four-representative-irish-songs/oclc/30377859&referer=brief_results] World Cat. The music of Ireland : radio commentaries upon thirty-four representative Irish songs , Francis X Sallaway . St Paul, Minn 1946
The Gartan Mother's Lullaby - The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
[https://www.worldcat.org/title/healing-sound-of-music/oclc/46462343&referer=brief_results] The Healing sound of Music
by Kate and Richard Mucci. Findhorn Press 2000 . Tallahassee, Fla.
The Guardian, Poem of the week: The Gartan Mothers Lullaby by Joseph Campbell, Carol Rumens, Mon 18 Jan 2016
Category:Irish folk songs
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