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.
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).