Songs for our Children

Supported by Waterford City and County Council, Wexford County Council, Kildare County Council, Meath County Council, Tipperary County Council, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at UL
DATE 01.05.2020 - 31.03.2021
CREDITS Devised and coordinated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune

Songs for Our Children is a body of new songs for children, in the traditional style, involving traditional singers from all over the country.


The project brings together a select group of traditional singers from all over Ireland, who have been beavering away, scribbling, humming and singing, deconstructing and reconstructing what makes a song appealing to children.


The second strand of the nationally-acclaimed project, which began in 2018, Songs for Our Children sees a dozen new songs composed. Singers have taken inspiration from a wide variety of sources, with themes and subject matter ranging greatly, from yellow mice running about the house, to singing about the beauty of the seasons, to the story of the baby Moses as Gaeilge and legends of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the River Boyne. Airs have been newly composed in the traditional style, in addition to the use of existing traditional airs.


See each of the participants performing their song on Facebook and YouTube.


Roisín Ní Ghallóglaigh (Meath), Noirín Lynch (Limerick), Anne Rynne (Kildare), Sandra Joyce (Galway), John Tunney (Donegal/Clare), Aodán Ó Ceallaigh (Waterford), Catherine Ann Cullen (Louth), Máire Ní Chronín (Dublin), Fergus Russell (Dublin), Deirdre Scanlan (Tipperary), Brigid Tunney (Donegal), Aileen Lambert (Wexford) and Michael Fortune (Wexford).