New release, "Songs of the Whispering Things"
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.
Track Listing :
2. Midnight (original title "A Soldier's Grave")
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")