I hope that you are all enjoying your fiddle lessons.
I was busy recently composing for a special commission for An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.
I curated a night of my own music with the help of friends and family and the highlight of the night was new music under the title Ré an tSolais….or Time of Light.
Inspired by the hope of a new era of extended days, Spring, rebirth and the glimmer of light at the end of the pandemic which we all have been separated from each other. Then we we do meet again we will savour each others company, enjoy the communications and play music together with renewed joy.
these are the lyrics of the song in the suite
Ré an tSolais
©️ Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (IMRO)
A ghile na gile las solas mo chroí,
‘Mo threorú go buan i nduibheagáin na h-óich’
Tá’n bealach seo corrach ach ní ghlacfaidh mé scíth Go scroichfear ceann scríbe faoi sholas gealaí.
Tá’n oíche seo dorcha ach is feasach an tslí
’S an t-seisreach ag loinnriú i measc na réaltaí
Ach ar imeall na spéire idir dheirg dhá néal
Ó sprêigheann gath gréine thar dhromchla an tsaoil.
Mar ón dubh tagann bán sin mar atá
Amhráin ársa ár sinsear, macalla na gcianta Muna ngoilltear an duairc ní thuigtear an t- suairc Agus guím rê an tsolais ar do chroí ’s do mhianta
Coinnigh an dóchas i ndeireadh an lae
’S cóthaigh do ghrá go dtéimid sa chré
Tóg suas do mheanma ,a chara mo chléibh,
’S guím ré an tsolais ort,’s saol síochánta séimh.
Time of Light
Aistrithe ag Gearóid Ó Maonaigh
Bright is the brilliance that glows in my heart
And leads me my path in the gloom of this night
Along this road that is coarse, but I will not rest
Till I meet you tonight, by this moonlight.
The night is dark but I know my way
Beneath the Plough as it radiates among the stars
Save at the brink of the sky amongst clouds of red
A sunbeam sweeps o’er the face of the Earth
After dark comes the light the constant way
The distant echoes of our forefathers music
Suffer the pain to enlighten the joy
I bestow this beam to your heart’s desires
In faith and in hope at the end of the day
Our love will endure ‘till we return to clay
Raise up your spirits my dearest of friends
And peaceful your heart in the light of this life
You may listen to the song by going to maireadnmhaonaigh.bandcamp.com