Sunday, 1 February 2015

New Beginnings







Today, at the Brigid of Faughart Festival, I attended a lovely singing workshop with Noirin Ni Riain who is a wonderful singer in the traditional Irish style,  and a world recognised teacher and expert in Gregorian Chant as sung by the monks at Glenstal Abbey in the West of Ireland.   She actually lives at the monastery and continues her studies of the Celtic Church and its music.

Here is Noirin singing Ode to Brigid.



I learned today that Imbolc is the time of new beginnings - when we sow the seeds for the coming year.
I came away with lots of ideas and plans.   Now I just need to sit down and put some of them into action.  And the first of these is to catch up with all the lovely new people who came to my blog from last week's party.   It's been such a busy week and I've only managed to visit about two thirds yet.   So this week, I promise to get by and say hello.

Are you starting anything new at this time of year?  You know I love to hear.
Have a wonderful week.








4 comments:

  1. Hi Fil..
    The music is very beautiful... .and the facts so interesting. How wonderful to study those things. I am going to really enjoy your blog for many reasons.. one being that I am part Irish and not only do I love the sound of Celtic music but it's part of my heritage. One of the things that I would like to begin this year is the learning of Irish Mandolin. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed week.

    Tamara

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    1. Hi Tamara - yes, it would be a wonderful gift to live like she does and spend all her time researching such a beautiful type of music.
      I wish you well with the Irish Mandolin ... you don't see many people playing trad mandolin up where I live - they're all into bluegrass ...
      Fil

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  2. Interesting research Fil. I bet it was fascinating for you to listen to.

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    1. Yes Jo - it was very interesting ... not a field I'd particularly like to go further into but it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
      Fil

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