Songs from the Aran Islands with Pádraig Jack
Bilingual singer-songwriter Pádraig Jack sings songs in both the English and Irish language on location on Inis Mór.
Pádraig Jack was born and raised on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran islands, a group of three islands in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland.
For this special event, Pádraig will sing songs in both the English and Irish language on location on Inis Mór. This is an island littered with bronze age stone ring-forts and monasteries and churches founded by Saints, where the limestone landscape is geologically akin to the Burren of County Clare to the east, whereas Aran is populated largely from, and shares its use of the Irish language with Connemara in County Galway to the north.
Among the songs performed during this show, Pádraig will describe and sing his song ‘Making Sand’ which was inspired by Inis Mór and is the title track off his debut album.
The song tries to capture a sense of the awesome historical and cultural importance of the island as well as a feeling of the more contemporary everyday life of Aran while acknowledging that despite all its history and current societal activity, “we’re just making sand out here” and only passing through.
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