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 recording of "Ag Críost an Síol" ("Christ’s is the Seed") with delight.
"Ag Críost an Síol" is the offertory hymn in Ó Riada’s setting of the Mass. It’s his setting of a very old hymn. I love its both its melody and the lyrics whose imagery tell you a lot about the peasant society for which it was composed. It’s one of those pieces of music that stays with you, I used to love singing this as a child and still love singing it to this day. I can’t tell you anything about this recording except that the boy singing it has got a beautiful voice, good phrasing, very clear diction, and one of the strongest Leinster accents I’ve ever heard in my life.
Lyrics are below the video. Enjoy :-)
Ag Críost an Síol: Gaeilge
Christ’s is the Seed: Béarla (English)
Ag Críost an síol
O fhás go haois
Christ’s is the Seed
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