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I’ll give all my furious affection

The Gloaming (Martin HayesIarla O'Lionaird , Caomhin O'Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill and New York pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman) have been getting a torrent of rave, and much deserved, reviews lately, post their self titled album release, their Saturday Night Show appearance and their gig in the NCH (which i had the pleasure to attend).

I'm not going to get in to reviewing the album or the NCH gig, which was incredible, but one of the big tracks songs from the album is Freedom, or Saoirse in Irish; a song based on the famous poem Saoirse by Seán O Riordáin. It, like all songs on the album, is in Irish and while I knew knew of the poem i had to back and read it again. So for you who are in a similar boat here's the poem in full in Irish with translation (translated by Greg Delanty, Poetry Ireland Review, Issue 84 via in English below.



Raghaidh mé síos i measc na ndaoine
De shiúl mo chos
Is raghaidh mé. síos anocht

Ó fanfad libh de ló is d’oiche,
Is beidh mé íseal,
Is beidh mé dílis,
D’bhur snabsmaointe.

Mar do chuala iad ag fás im intinn,
Ag fás gan chuimse,
Gan mheasarthacht.

Is do thugas gean mo chroí go fíochmhar
Don rud tá srianta,
Don gach macrud:

Don smacht, don reacht, don teampall daoineach,
Don bhfocal bocht coitianta
Don am fé leith:

Don ab, don chlog, don seirbhiseach
Don chomparáid fhaitíosach,
Don bheaguchtach:

Don luch, don tomhas, don dreancaid bhideach,
Don chaibidil, don líne
Don aibítir:

Don mhórgacht imeachta is tíochta,
Don chearrbhachas istoíche,
Don bheannachtain:

Don bhfeirmeoir ag tomhas na gaoithe
Sa bhfómhar is é ag cuirnhneamh
Ar pháirc eornan:

Don chomhthuiscint, don chomh-sheanchuimhne,
Do chomhiompar comhdhaoine,
Don chomh-mhacrud

Is bheirim fuath anois is choíche
Do imeachtaí na saoirse,
Don neamhspleáchas.

Is atuirseach an intinn
A thit in iomar doimhin na saoirse,
Ní mhaireann cnoc dar chruthaigh Dia ann,
Ach cnoic theibi, sainchnoic shamhlaíochta.
Is bíonn gach cnoc díobh lán de mhianta
Ag dreapadóireacht gan chomhlíonadh,
Nil teora leis an saoirse
Ná le cnoca na samhlaíochta,
Ná níl teora leis na mianta,
Ná faoiseamh
Le fail.



I'll go out and mingle with people.
I'll head down on my own two feet.
I'll walk down tonight.

I'll go down looking for Confinedom,
counteract the rabid freedom
coursing here.

I'll fetter the pack of snarling thoughts
hounding me
in my aloneness.

I'll look for a regular chapel
chock-a-block with people
at a set time.

I'll seek the company of folk
who never practise freedom,
nor aloneness,

and listen to pennythoughts
like something coined.

I'll bear affection for people
without anything original
in their stockthoughts.

I'll stay with them day and night.
I'll be humble
and loyal to their snuffed minds

since I heard them
rising in my mind
without control.

I'll give all my furious affection
to everything that binds them
to every stockthing:

to control, to contracts, to the communal temple,
to the poor common word,
to the concise time,

to the cowl, to the cockerel, to the cook,
to the weak comparison,
to the coward,

to the cosy mouse, to the cost, to the covert flea,
to the code, to the codex,
to the codicil,

to the cocky coming and going,
to the costly night gambling,
to the conferred blessing,

to the concerned farmer testing
the wind, contemplating
a field of corn,
to co-understanding, to co-memory,
to the co-behaviour of co-people,
to the co-stockthing.

And I condemn now and forever
the goings-on of freedom,

The mind is finished
that falls into the abyss of freedom.
There's no hills made by god there,
only abstract hills — specifically of the imagination.
Every hill crawls with desires
that climb without ever reaching fulfilment.
There's no limit to freedom
on Mount Fancy,
nor is there limit to desire,
nor any relief
to be found.

Electric Picnic 2011 (Chemical Brothers @ #EP11 )

Will upload images etc later in the week but for now here's a short clip of Chemical Brothers @ Electric Picnic 2011.

Epic and all as it was i've still not ripped all pics and vids off my phone and camera bar the one above.


Féile na Laoch – Highlights

Well anyone that was in Cuil Aodha for the weekend of Féile na Laoch will know I'm not exaggerating when i say it was one of the most unique and epic festivals of the year. This highlights package  should give you a good idea of how the festival weekend went and especially the mammoth outdoor concert/gathering that ran from Sunday night 21:00 to Monday morning 07:00.

Expect to see more footage of individual performances over the next few weeks over on the Féile na Laoch site.

Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) Lineup

Just received the official lineup for the festival.

Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) Launch


Féile na Laoch (The Festival of Heroes) is being officially launched this Thursday @ The Abbey Theater. Ceoltóirí Chualann will be performing live at the launch so the tunes will be good no matter what. Details Below:

We are organising a major festival to mark the life and work of Seán Ó Riada and other heroes in Cúil Aodha on the August Bank Holiday weekend, 29th July-1 August.   On Thursday next, in the bar area of the Abbey Theatre, we will be hosting a press launch to inform the public of the programme and to afford the media an opportunity to interview festival director, Peadar Ó Riada, and others associated with the event.

All publicity for this festival is appreciated.  Most of the events are free - apart from two late night céilis in a local venue on Friday and Saturday night - and all the participants are giving their time free to the event in an effort to rekindle a spirit of self reliance in these difficult times.   It is also their way of paying homage to Ó Riada, a cultural pioneer and hero.

Event:  Press Launch 'Féile na Laoch'
Time:  11 am.
Date: 21 July 2011
Venue, Bar area, Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Drop me a mail to osuilleabhain AT gmail DOT com or msg me over on Twitter @eoinos if you're interested in going or if you want more info on the festival itself.

A quick glance at the list of Heroes who will be speaking/performing etc at the festival gives you a good idea of how truly unique and eclectic the Festival of Heroes will be.

Confirmed Heroes are:

Seán Ó Sé, Christy Moore, Cara O’Sullivan (Opera), Flora MacNeil, Dainní & Eoiní Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin, Josie Sheáin Jeaic Mac Donncha, Glen Hansard, Martin Hayes (violin), Míċeál O’Rourke (Pianist), Allan MacDonald (piping), Phil Coulter, Louis Stewart, Tony MacMahon, Steve Wickham, Paul Muldoon, Nic Gareiss, Eddie Lenihan, Barry McGovern, Nuala Rua Ní Dhomhnaill, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Gabriel Fitzmaurice, Trevor Sargent, Charlie Bird, Ted O more to be announced.

LCD Soundsystem + Arcade Fire

LCD + AF = Awesome.

Feb/Mar Gigs

January was long a bloody enough but at least we have these gigs to look forward to.

Joan as Police Woman - Thursday, February 10, The Button Factory

Sleigh Bells -Friday, February 18, Whelans

Glasser - Thursday, February 24, Crawdaddy

The Decemberists - Thursday, March 04, Vicar Street

Hercules and Love Affair - Thursday, March 17, The Button Factory

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