The Jukebox continues the celebration of the glories of Irish Women with :
Songs from Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (An Mhaigdean Mhara) & Sinead Lohan (Sailing By).
A Painting by Letitia Hamilton (1878-1964) – ‘A Rest from Hunting’.
A Poetry Reading by Catherine Ann Cullen (Meeting at the Chester Beatty).
Tá an sneachta go freasach fá bhéal na mbeann’
The Poet showcase today is Catherine Ann Cullen.
She has written a wonderful lyrical and informative essay (in essence an introduction to her PhD) which references the ‘Singing Without Ceasing’ and the ‘Murmur of Voices’ which formed the musical and cultural landscape of her childhood.
This is perhaps the source of the poise and intense musicality gold-threaded through all her writing.
I highly recommend her collections, ‘A Bone in My Throat’ and, ‘Strange Familiar’.
She has also written a book, nominally for 6-8 year olds, ‘The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat’ which is truly enchanting whatever age your birth certificate might say you are!
All Poetry is a kind of cartography – a description and revelation of the Poet’s territory and the developing outline of a personal, emotional, cultural and literary landscape.
The poem below shows Catherine Ann Cullen weaving a brilliantly coloured and textured tapestry of recollected feeling. .
The Painting today is by Letitia Marion Hamilton.
Her paintings of the Irish landscape and rural life have the quality of intoxicatingly hazy summer dreams that linger in the imagination.
It is very rare for an artist enjoying critical and commercial success and with the promise of greater success in store to decide to simply walk away to pursue another life away from the stage.
Yet, that is exactly what Sinead Lohan has done.
In the mid/late 1990s she released two highly prized records, ‘Who Do You Think I Am’ and, ‘No Mermaid’ which still get selected from the Jukebox’s extensive library on a frequent basis.
Two of her songs were covered by Folk Icon Joan Baez and all seemed set fair for a stellar career as she was capable of writing distinctive hypnotic songs and of performing them with beguiling charm.
No new material has emerged since 1998 so we will have to treasure what we have.
Thanks for the songs and the singing Sinead.
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Next Post tomorrow Sunday 17th March, St Patrick’s Day – don’t miss it!
Enjoying the other parts of the takes also. Had an Irish woman read a message to a mother the other day. The contents and the beautiful voice didn’t leave a dry eye. All respect to Joan but my ear leans towards Sinead. No push just easy and beautiful.
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Thanks CB. An enormously enjoyable series to write. Regards Thom
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