Traditional Irish Music
We posted some time back on the fact that we were starting to get to like Caoimhe Hogarty and her musical partner Maurice McGrath. We shared a video back then of a song written by Maurice McGrath called The Ghostly Fleet. Well it is up on soundcloud now as a much better audio and we include it below.
A great voice is a great voice and in Caoimhe we certainly have that. We were also at a recent live concert of Caedan which you can read here
According to their website www.caedanmusic.com the song The Ghostly Fleet "tells the story of immigrants to Canada during famine times. Grosse Isle on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada was the site of an immigration depot which predominantly housed Irish Immigrants coming to Canada to escape the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1849. Thousands of Irish were quarantined on Grosse Isle from 1832 to 1848. It is believed that over 3000 Irish died on the island and over 5000 are currently buried in the cemetery there; many died en route. Most who died on the island were infected with typhus, which sprang up from the conditions there in 1847. Grosse Isle is the largest Irish potato famine burial ground outside Ireland"
"Caoimhe Hogarty is a graduate from the Traditional music performance course at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and previously, the Popular Music performance course (Rock School). Caoimhe developed an interest in traditional singing in her late teens. She is an exceptional singer and is blessed with the ability to take a song and make it her own. She has benefited from the teachings of singer Niamh Parsons and Dublin song master, the late Frank Harte who broadened her interest in sourcing and collecting folk songs and keeping them alive."
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