Is anyone aware of any religious music in Ireland that one might consider
"traditional" and/or unique to Ireland (as opposed to Rome?) This afternoon
a friend and I were comparing musical genres of Scotland and Ireland, and
when I mentioned the Gaelic Psalms, my friend couldn't come up with any
similar music in Ireland. Also, I have three CDs with performances by
No/irin Ni Riain, who is definitely singing songs from the Mass on a couple
of them. But... is this "traditional", and in fact, is she a "traditional"
singer - and representing traditional Irish music? I also have a fairly old
recording from the "Mass of St. Francis of Assisi", but that also seems to
me to be more remote from Irish people than the Psalms are from the Gaels
Also, a few months ago, I remember someone mentioning that "religion" is
a taboo subject here on these lists, but my current interest in the music
from these countries leaves me with many questions about the influence of
people's beliefs on their music. Both of these countries have such rich
musical traditions, and it's fascinating to me, at least, to see how many
ways they reflect the people in their cultures ... maybe even more
interesting to look at their unexpected difference.
Thanks very much for your help.
Leis gach deagh dhurachd,
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