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Blog Archive for June, 2020

Bloomsday – James Joyce Poem – Lean out of the window

Posted on 16 Jun 2020

Happy Bloomsday to you! I have a confession – I’ve never read all of Ulysees, but to make up for that literary failure I’ll sing a poem of Joyce’s for you! My friend, poet and renowned translator of works to the Irish language, Gabriel Rosenstock sent this poem of Joyce’s my way a few weeks back and we thought it’d be something interesting to let blossom for Bloomsday. So as usual I let the words guide me to a melody and arranged a piece on guitar which I think works well. The original English language version, Gabriel’s translation and the instrumental guitar version ) for all you krazy karaoke fans! 🙂 ) are available on my Bandcamp page and here below.

Tar go dtí an fhuinneog
(Aistriúchán ar Lean out of the Window le James Joyce)

Tar go dtí an fhuinneog
‘Niamh Chinn Óir.
Chuala tú ’canadh
I do bhinnghlór.

Dhúnas an leabhar.
Ní léim níos mó.
Breathnaím ar lasracha
Ó óró.

D’fhágas an leabhar.
Is an seomra d’fhág
Mar chuala mé amhrán
Tríd an scáil.

Ag canadh os ard
I do bhinnghlór.
Tar go dtí an fhuinneog
’Niamh Chinn Óir.

Lean out of the window

Lean out of the window,
Goldenhair,
I heard you singing
A merry air.

My book is closed;
I read no more,
Watching the fire dance
On the floor.

I have left my book,
I have left my room,
For I heard you singing
Through the gloom,

Singing and singing
A merry air.
Lean out of the window,
Goldenhair.


World Oceans Month: Molly Sells Mussels No More

Posted on 10 Jun 2020

I have a lot of songs I’ve written over the years and here’s a strangely jaunty one that deals with the theme of Ocean Acidification. Not the sexiest headline-claiming topic but nonetheless extremely important. This video was played at the Paris COP21 five years ago now to try and bring more awareness to the problem. I have started eating more mussels in the last few months as they are very sustainable and as filter feeders they are very nutritious for humans. So they’re a not-too-expensive source of good protein for me. Listen for my explanation and the song. And below is the original folk song Molly Malone from a recent Live Stream.


TMP 1: The Star Of The County Down and Carrickfergus

Posted on 8 Jun 2020

#1: Welcome to the first Musical Pint Podcast  Our first sup will be the peppy “The Star Of The County Down” and the second sup, the haunting “Carrickfergus”. Enjoy.

Each month Enda Reilly will sing a new version of an Irish folk song live which will be available as an audio podcast. They’ll be mainly new versions of popular celtic songs, ballads or Irish pub songs plus some of Enda’s originals in the folk style. The show will dig deeper into the history of the song and the high quality audio of the songs from each episode will be available from www.themusicalpint.com Sláinte Mhaith! Sláinte Mhaith!

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dublin, Ireland, who can be compared to the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan. Firmly rooted in the Irish tradition with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song and project. www.endareilly.com


TMP 2: McAlpine’s Fusiliers and Spancill Hill

Posted on 8 Jun 2020

This week’s first sup is McAlpine’s Fusiliers, a telling of the hardships of working as a Navvy building Britain’s big engineering projects and the second sup has the lonesome nostalgia of Spancill Hill, missing home from across the ocean. 

Each month Enda Reilly will sing a new version of an Irish folk song live which will be available as an audio podcast. They’ll be mainly new versions of popular celtic songs, ballads or Irish pub songs plus some of Enda’s originals in the folk style. The show will dig deeper into the history of the song and the high quality audio of the songs from each episode will be available from www.themusicalpint.com Sláinte Mhaith!

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dublin, Ireland, who can be compared to the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan. Firmly rooted in the Irish tradition with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song and project. www.endareilly.com