We interrupt this Tuesday to bring you a late edition of Music Mondays (my wedding anniversary was yesterday, so sue me…).
Today’s offering is from the Gaeltacht school Coláiste Lurgan. The school is located in Inverin (Indreabhán), in the Irish-speaking area of Connemara, Co. Galway. They are an independent Irish language summer school that helps students become competent and confident Irish language speakers. Because Irish language learning is suffering in Ireland, the school is doing what it can to get kids interested in speaking the native language. What a great way to spend a summer! They have a fun YouTube channel hosting their music videos, translations or re-imaginings of songs, and more. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
As you know, I love Irish. And while I don’t speak it, or read it for that matter, I love listening to people speak and sing in Irish. It’s sometimes more fun to take a song that I really like in English, and listen to it translated into Irish.
So, to celebrate Coláiste Lurgan’s awesomeness at bringing the Irish language to us via the interwebs, I have selected my favorite 3 videos of theirs in no particular order.
Lig Mé Saor (Wake Me Up)
This song from Avicii is brilliant. Stiofán Ó Fearail from Irish band Seo Linn takes the lead, along with traditional Irish musicians and, a tiny bit of Irish dancing. Looks like I’ve found a new song for practice in Performing group…
An tÁdh ’Nocht (Get Lucky)
Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, in Irish is definitely good craic. Complete with a robotic love story and killer dance moves, this one is sure to bring a smile to your face.
Tóg Amach Mé (Wagon Wheel)
This song has been covered by a bevy of artists, including Mumford & Sons. It holds a special spot in my heart and is a personal favorite of mine, due to an excellent rendition by good friends at my birthday party. But I digress. Coláiste Lurgan students are inceredibly delightful. Check out the epitome of Irishness – the tin whistle solo.
Happy Tuesday y’all!
– Brooke aka Sruthán