New release, "Songs of the Whispering Things"

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As part of Anúna's ongoing thirtieth anniversary celebrations we release a seven track mini-album this May "Songs of the Whispering Things". This exclusively digital release features music written by the group's Artistic Director/Composer Michael McGlynn combined with the beautiful poetry of Francis Ledwidge (19 August 1887 – 31 July 1917). 2017 marks the centenary of his death, and to celebrate Anúna have recorded a brand new piece, a setting of his poem "May".

Ledwidge was a uniquely Irish poet, tied to the beauty of the Irish landscape. His death cut short a rapidly developing poetic voice and his work has been somewhat neglected until recent times.

"Ledwidge has been a huge influence on me as a composer" says Michael McGlynn. "His vision of Ireland, its history and landscape find a sympathetic resonance in the more pastoral aspects of my own compositional voice. His wonderful poems have been a part of my life that I can't quantify easily. It is an honour to be able to gather these pieces together and perhaps introduce a new generation to his sublime work".

The mini-album also features the The Ulster Orchestra (Northern Ireland's premiere orchestral ensemble) on two tracks and the wonderful saxophone playing of Kenneth Edge.

Released May 2017, Music Michael McGlynn, Text Francis Ledwidge

Track Listing :

1. May

2. Midnight (original title "A Soldier's Grave")

3. August

4. Behind the Closed Eye

5. My Songs Shall Rise (from "At a Poet's Grave")

6. Where All Roses Go (from "Lament for Thomas McDonagh" & "June")

7. When the War is Over (from "The Place")

Francis Ledwidge

Francis Ledwidge