MaCushla, Michael Collins, Irish Love Song

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Irish Song and Recitation Festival
Advance Shownotes. episode 11.
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Todays Chat and Sing:


Mondays Chat
Peter has just finished up with Endearing Young Charms
and joins us again….

An Irish Song of Endearment
Todays sing and chat is for Macushla. An Irish
song of endearment and love, that appeared in
the Michael Collins movie. Peter sings the song
for us, solo.

Michael Collins, the movie
Peter Talks notes the different songs of Ireland,
not just the Irish war, drinking and fight songs.
There are beautiful songs. He was watching the movie
“Michael Collins”……who was sitting at the table
when it was announced that the truce was called
and the war was to be over, in that scene Frank
Patterson was singing Macushla. It is a song of
endearment and of love. The words of the song
fit in with that whole theme.

McCormick, Patterson and Adams
John McCormick also sang that song back in
the days of real records….John is noted for saying he
could definitely reach the b flat in this song. Peter
notes that some folks sing falsetto to sing the song,
but he does not recommend that.
Peter recalls Frank Pattersons last concert in Kansas
City before his passing.
Peter interprets ” MaCushla” in a solo
performance for us !
(You’ll have to listen in for that – go to our web page
at click on Free podcasts, Irish Song #11 )

The Ageless Lyrics:

Lyrics by Josephine V. Rowe
Music by Dermot MacMorrough

Macushla! Macushla!
Your sweet voice is calling,
Calling me softly,
Again and again,
Macushla! Macushla!
I hear it in vain.

Macushla, Macushla,
Your white arms are reaching,
I feel them unfolding,
Caressing me still.
Fling them out from the darkness,
My lost love, Macushla,
Let them find me and bind me
Again, if they will.

Macushla! Macushla!
Your red lips are saying
That death is a dream,
And love is for aye,
Then awaken, Macushla,
Awake from your dreaming,
My blue eyed Macushla,
Awaken to stay.

Irish Language Note
From the Irish language “mo chro” = my heart,
and “mo chuisle” = my pulse; ‘a chuisle mo chro”,
pulse or beat of my heart, my heart-throb, heart beat, etc..)

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1) Irish song from anywhere in the world.
2) Irish Poetry or Recitations.
3) Irish History short story or commentary.
4) Instrumental solo performance.
The Next Songs We Will Be Covering (and singing):
in no particular order…
9) Thats and Irish Lullaby, Tu Ra Loo Ra Loo ra
10) The Irish National Anthem in English and Irish.

and then maybee we’ll have a recitation or something called
Una Bhan…..a surprise entry this year….

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and recitation. We look forward to hearing you on the next show !
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About Your Hosts
The worlds most published author his field, Mike O’Laughlin
has written 40 books; edits 2 newsletters; publishes the
works of 10 Irish authors; and has written over 700
articles. He also hosts three broadcast series, including
the first weekly podcast on Irish Family History ever produced.

His works include a 34 book set on Irish Family Research
and classic reprints like The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters
Five additional volumes will be released in February of 2008.

Co-Host and performing artist for this episode is
Peter Reilly Adams. Peter leads very
unique tours to Ireland, and is well known on
both sides of the ocean for his singing and
storytelling. He is also a noted chef, teacher
and radio show host, among many other endeavors.

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