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The Homes of Donegal – The Wild Atlantic Women
They had mobile phones to record on…they have stunning voices…they came together though they are apart…they created this work of art….they are….. ‘The Wild Atlantic Women Donegal’.
Rinne siad taifead ar fón poca s’acu….tá guth galánta acu uilig.. tháinig siad le chéile cé go bhfuil siad scartha óna chéile….chruthaigh siad an saothar ealaíne seo….is iad….’The Wild Atlantic Women Donegal’.
The Homes of Donegal by the Wild Atlantic Women 2020… a work in progress from… well, literally, the Homes of Donegal!
“The Homes of Donegal” is an Irish ballad written by songwriter Seán Mac Giolla Bhríde ( Seán MacBride) in 1953. It has been recorded and performed by many singers.
The girls decided to go with the original version of the song as written by MacBride, enlisting the expertise by modern Gaoth Dobhair based bard, Pól Mac Cumhaill, who generously provided us with a modern translation.
Every artist is an individual artist in their own right, and to come together in a supportive, charismatic way adds charm and depth to our collaborations, concerts and music. We are extremely fortunate to have such an abundance of creativity and talent in the women of our county. The original WAW album, which also features artists such as The Henry Girls, Lisa McHugh, Jacqui Sharkey, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Moya Brennan as well as those on this collaboaration, can be ordered from Ceol Music or directly from the Hospice or Wild Atlantic Women page.
We hope to reach the hearts and souls of our native Donegal folk, at home and abroad, with images of authenticity, real emotion, sights and scenery all on our front door steps. Huge thanks to Terry McGinty, Kelli McGrory and Bernie Doherty for overseeing the audio stages of the project, to Pol Mac Cumhaill and Sean Mac Bride for their compositions, to Sonia, Peter and Ruairí from Ligid Léiriúcháin / anbaile.ie for their hard work, to all the media outlets, radio and social media, for continued support, but in a special way, to the Wild Atlantic Women themselves, without whom none of these amazing ideas could possibly take place. We have now proven that not only can we sing, or take mini music videos, but we can unite with one another in so many positive ways, even when we have to stay apart.
I am forever grateful for the gifts of friends and music, Is mise,
Brí Carr (Director of the Wild Atlantic Women)
Cast: in order of appearance on video:
The Wild Atlantic Women present the Homes of Donegal
Piano & TinWhistle: Kelli McGrory Guitar: Bernie Doherty Words: Sean McBride (Grand-Uncle of Siobhan McGroarty) Translated to Gaeilge: April 2020: Pól Mac Cumhaill (brother of Maria Nií Chumhaill/Uncle of Mia)
On behalf of all the Wild Atlantic Women, past, present and future. Cast:
Gearóidín Breathnach Karen Gallinagh Murphy
Brí Carr Anne Biddie Anne Nicholls Bernie Doherty
Claire Ward Rachel Akkoç Gráinne Gavigan Maria McCormack
Mikaela Bonner Fiona Wasson Sínéad Black Siobhan McGroarty
Sinéad Gibson Emma Ní Fhíoruisce Margo Síofra & Clíodhna Harvey
Clodagh Mooney Sadbh Breathnach Mia Clarke Caela Grace Carr
Maria Ní Chumhaill Noeleen Ní Cholla Kelli McGrory Deirdre Bonner Mooney
Patricia Nic Ruairí Hannah Nic Pháidín Eibhlín Nic Suibhne Diane Cannon
Áine Ní Churrain
Audio: Terry McGinty (Valley Studio), Kelli McGrory Music & Brí Carr Music Massive thanks to Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig, Peter & Ruairí from @anbaile.ie / LIGID Productions for Editing the Video, providing the additional footage and making the visual film come alive. Ní neart go cur le chéile.