Common Ground Sampler

Common Ground Sampler (Holland) promo front

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Country: Holland
Label/Number: EMI Premier CDAS 110
Release date: May, 1996
Chronology: A 5-track promo only CD single featuring Mná na hÉireann, Kate's contribution to Donal Lunny's Common Ground project. The disc also includes 4 other (non-Kate) songs.
Mná na hÉireann Lyrics (Irish/English)
What it's about: A traditional Irish song about the beauty of the women of Ireland. (Apparently, there's nothing quite like 'em...)
Running time: 2:52
The music to Mná na hÉireann was composed by Seán Ó Riada. The lyrics come from a traditional 18th century Irish poem by Peadar Ó Doirnín, called Women Of Ireland. Kate recorded the song in Irish (even though she doesn't speak the language).
Perhaps predictably, reviews of her effort were all over the board, ranging from "impressive" (Hot Press), to "doesn't know what the hell she's going on about" (Irish Times).
The project which this 5 track promotional disc was culled from, Common Ground, Voices Of Modern Irish Music, is a 13 track compilation featuring artists who are either Irish, or believed to have a spiritual/musical connection with the country. Kate agreed to participate at the request of its producer/arranger, Donal Lunny, with whom she had worked with before. (Lunny assisted on the Irish music parts of Hounds Of Love and The Sensual World).
Mná na hÉireann was never released as a stand alone single. It only appears on this promotional 5 track disc and on the Common Ground CD itself. Since it's original release, it has also shown up on a number of other Celtic and/or Irish music compilations. Translation and other information about this song courtesy of Sean Twomey.
   

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