My dear friend Ann Mulqueen, formerly of Castleconnell, County Limerick, and now living in An Rinn, the Gaeltacht area of County Waterford, is the singer on this track. Ann travelled throughout Ireland competing at Fleadhanna Ceoil, and she was much sought after as a performer of the great ballads of Ireland. She amassed a huge collection of songs from her grandmother, which no doubt were helpful to her during her competitive years, when she won a number of All-Ireland singing titles. On this track we hear her singing 'Eochaill', a love song in Irish which she learned from the great Gaeltacht singers of An Rinn. This track appears on her CD, Mo Ghrása Thall na Déise. The English translation of the lyrics is provided courtesy of Tomás Ó Ceilleachair.
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Mulqueen, Ann (vocals) and Donohue, Gabriel (keyboards), “Eochaill,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed January 16, 2022, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/711.