Traditional Irish Song English Language

Most of the repertoire taught in this twelve lesson course is from the Irish singing tradition. A few Scottish and English songs will also feature. There will be a mixture of well known and more unusual songs. Themes will include songs of emigration and exile, love songs and humorous songs. Along with the teaching of the songs, attention will also be paid to the following aspects of vocal technique: tone, breathing, ornamentation, phrasing and the improvement of vocal strength and range. By the end of the course, the student will have developed a broad and varied repertoire of Irish folk songs and will have a the ability to sing in the Irish style with appropriate use of ornamentation and phrasing.

Traditional Irish Song English Language
 
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'Love is Teasing'

In this lesson, Muireann discusses the 'chest voice' that is used when singing Irish traditional songs. She teaches the songs phrase by phrase and demonstrates the ornamentation that she is using.

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Traditional Song Lesson 1

In this lesson the song "Fair and Tender Ladies" will be taught. Muireann begins her study of song ornamentation, demonstrating the ornaments slowly both within and out-with the song itself. Muireann will also refer to lung capacity and will present an breathing exercise in the course of the lesson.

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Traditional Song Lesson 2

The song "P Stands for Paddy" will be taught in this class. She will continue her study of ornamentation and will discuss enunciation of the song words.

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Traditional Song Lesson 3

This lesson features the song "The Rocks of Bawn". As well as teaching ornamentation, Muireann makes reference to tone and discusses how different types of voice tones suit different songs.

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Traditional Song Lesson 4

In this lesson the song "Thousands Are Sailing" will be taught. The focus of this lesson is - range.  Muireann presents exercises and tips on how to reach those high notes!

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Traditional Song Lesson 5

The song "Bonnie Blue Eyed Nancy" features in this lesson. Muireann continues her study of enunciation, ornamentation and the increase of lung capacity.  She also pays close attention to variation, demonstrating how melodic variation can be used to enhance a song.

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Traditional Song Lesson 6

In this lesson the song "Free And Easy For To Jog Along" will be taught. Muireann continues her study of melodic variation.  She also discusses rhythm and tone throughout the course of the lesson.

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Traditional Song Lesson 7

The song "I Once Loved A Lass" will be taught in this class.  The focus of the lesson will be: how to breath deeply, hold longer phrases and the improvement of lung capacity. 

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Traditional Song Lesson 8

In this lesson the song "Two Sisters" will be taught. The use of 'vocables' in a song are introduced.  Muireann also continues looking at how to reach those high notes effortlessly!

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Traditional Song Lesson 9

 "The Leaving of Limerick" is the song featured in this lesson. Muireann continues to explore tone and variation in tone depending upon the type of song being sung.

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Traditional Song Lesson 10

In this lesson the song "Bold Fenian Men" will be taught. Muireann gives additional tips and advice on how to hold long phrases and increase lung capacity.  She also demonstrates how to produce a staccato effect to give rhythmic lift to particular phrases.

 

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Traditional Song Lesson 11

In this lesson the song "Do You Love an Apple" will be taught. Muireann states that this is an essential song for every singer to have in their repertoire!

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Traditional Song Lesson 12

In this lesson the song "The Bay of Biscayo" will be taught. Muireann demonstrates how to create colour and variation in phrase endings and phrase shapes.

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Songs Taught
  • Fair and Tender Ladies
  • P Stands for Paddy
  • The Rocks of Bawn
  • Thousands Are Sailing
  • Bonnie Blue Eyed Nancy
  • Free And Easy For To Jog Along
  • I Once Loved A Lass
  • Two Sisters
  • The Leaving of Limerick
  • Bold Fenian Men
  • Do You Love an Apple
  • The Bay of Biscayo

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh

TG4, Gradam Ceoil 2011 winner ,Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, grew up immersed in the vibrant West-Kerry tradition with its wild dance music, soulful slow airs and many beautiful songs. Her father, a fiddler, would bring her to music sessions from a young age. There she began to play music on the flute and tin-whistle and to sing sean-nós songs, learning…[Read More]