Songs of the Scribe

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Songs of the Scribe
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Studio album by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Released 3 December 2011
Recorded My Room Studios
Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre Traditional Irish
Length 45:20
Label Ceoltaí Éireann
Irish Song
Producer Thomas Li, Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, Helen Davies
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin chronology
Songs of the Scribe
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Journal of Music favourable[1]
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta favourable[2]
Argus favourable[3]
Lonely Planet favourable[4]
The Irish Times 4/4 stars[5]

Songs of the Scribe is the seventh studio album from Irish singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, who is also Traditional Singer in Residence at the Seamus Heaney Centre For Poetry at Queen's University, Belfast. Released on 3 December 2011, the album features old and newly written translations by Ní Uallacháin, Ciaran Carson and Seamus Heaney and harp accompaniment by Helen Davies.[6] Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, Songs of the Scribe was inspired by the manuscripts held in the library of St. Gallen. Pádraigín visited the library to research the manuscripts, carried to safety from Viking attack by St. Gall and others from Bangor, County Down[7] to Europe over a number of centuries.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Hermit's Wish (Dúthracar, a maic Dé bí)" 9th-century scribe; Ní Uallacháin
Often attributed to Manchán mac Silláin; 6th/7th century
2. "The Blackbird of Belfast Lough (Int én bec)" 9th-century scribe; Carson; Heaney 3:42
3. "The Scribe in the Woods (Dom fharcaí fidbaide fál)" 9th-century scribe; Carson 3:30
4. "Líadan's Lament (Mé Líadan ro-carus-sa Cuirithir)" 9th-century scribe; Ní Uallacháin 6:15
5. "The Land of Stars (A Bé find in rega lem)" 9th-century scribe; Ní Uallacháin 4:41
6. "The Wind Is Wild Tonight (Is acher in gaíth in-nocht)" 9th-century scribe; Ní Uallacháin 3:14
7. "Incantation of Amergin (Am gaith ar muir)" Amergin, 11th-century mystical poet; Ní Uallacháin 5:32
8. "Pangur Bán" 9th-century scribe; Heaney 2:21
9. "My Hand is Cramped with Penwork (Is scith mo chrob)" Colmcille; 12th-century scribe; Heaney 2:12
10. "My Mind's Desire (Ropo mian dom menmainse)" 11th-century scribe; Ní Uallacháin 6:01



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