I grew up listening to a lot of different styles of music, and one of my favorite style is folk music particularly old ballads from Scotland, England and Ireland.
In this next series of posts I will be highlighting some of my favorite Irish ballads and the talented artists who sing them.
Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blows a lily fair
The twilight gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick lennan-shee
She has my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
With love is lord of all.
And sometimes when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shieling lorn
And thru the dooring peep.
There on the cricket's singing stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad sweet undertones
The song of heart's desire
-The song of heart's desire.
Historical Info: "My Lagan Love" is a traditional Irish song from the 15th to 16th century found in Donegal. It was written during a time in Irish history when it was forbidden to write openly about Ireland, or express love, devotion, or nationalism towards the country. The Irish had decided to write songs that indirectly would reference their love for their mother country; they would refer to Ireland as a beautiful woman. Hence, "My Lagan Love" speaks poetically about a beloved woman which is also a beloved homeland. The Lagan is the river that runs through Belfast. - Wikipedia
Singer: Lynn Hilary is a Dublin native with a Bachelor of Music performance. After singing mostly classical music, she moved to Celtic music to be able to "use [her] natural vocal range". She was part of the Irish choral group Anúna from 2000-2007. She released a solo album Take Me With You in 2008. She has toured with Celtic Woman as one of the soloists for the Isle of Hope tour and the ongoing show Songs from the Heart.
Celtic Woman is one of my all time favorite Celtic groups. I really like Lynn Hilary's smooth sweet voice and her version of My Lagan Love is so gentle just like a lullaby! I also think she's very pretty and that's why I posted so many photos of her!
Do you have any favorite singers who sing this song?
Thoughts on Celtic Woman or Lynn Hilary?