BRIGID is a new cycle of songs which celebrates the multiple gifts of the most illustrious and much loved goddess-saint in the Irish tradition.
Brigid is the patron of the arts, craft, healing, fire, alchemy, new life and spring. Pádraigín who composed three of the songs, says, “These songs are at once ancient and new, and are released to raise Brigid’s healing spirit and ours, and to stir us into new energy as we move from one of the most turbulent times on earth to a springtime of new growth and awareness for humanity.”
Brigid’s Day is celebrated on 1st February, which is known as Imbolc, marking the beginning of spring in Ireland. It will be an official national holiday in Ireland from 2023. The cover image is one of the archetypal symbols of Ireland, Brigid’s Cross, which may well have been an ancient pre Christian symbol representing the masculine vertical with the feminine horizontal, and the turning of the seasonal wheel, while invoking the power of the four directions. It still continues to be made every year in Ireland as a form of protection and blessing. The songs invoke and celebrate her many gifts.
Musicians & Photography
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin: vocals
Dónal O’Connor: fiddle, keyboards, percussion, vocals, programming
Steve Cooney: bass guitar, acoustic guitars, percussion
Macdara Ó Graham: vocals, overtones
Garry Ó Briain: keyboard
Margaret Roddy, Dundalk
Dónal O'Connor, RedBox Studios, Belfast
Fergal Davis Mastering, Maynooth