Saturday Solo: Seán Ó Riada| Ag Críost an Síol

Any Irishman or woman of my age can probably sing at least some of Seán Ó Riada’s setting of the mass in Irish "Ceol an Aifreann", (which translates literally as "Music of the Mass"). We sang it often enough as schoolchildren. It’s surprisingly difficult to find recordings of his music so I fell upon this…

Saturday Chorale: De Monte | Super Flumina Babylonis

"Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept: when we remembered Sion … "Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus, cum recordaremur Sion … Philippe de Monte was born in 1521 and died on July 4, 1603. A Fleming, he is probably best known amongst Anglophones as Byrd the younger’s friend and mentor.…

Drakensberg Boys Choir: Jungle Drum

The "Drakies" doing a cover  version of Emilia Torrini’s "Jungle Drum". (To be honest I think they sing it better than she does). The boys sing and dance with their usual verve and enthusiasm, I especially liked how they gave lots of space to the chap next from last in the front row and third…

Saturday Chorale: Libera | Far Away | Michael Horncastle

Libera have recorded a quite a few performances of "Far Away", on Libera’s Official Channel alone you’ll find the "New Version",  the "2006 Version", the "Piano Version" to say nothing of the various videos uploaded by fans. Many of these videos feature Michael Horncastle singing the solo. Horncastle made "Far Away" "his" song, the video…