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oldraven 
Posted: 08-Dec-2003, 11:15 AM
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I mentioned to Ange the other day that we should have our Wedding song sung in Gaelic. She wanted the whole service done that way, but it just seemed over the top.

So I said I'd find some examples for her. And so far this is what I've got.
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Alright. So I'm looking for some songs. Does anyone have any ideas for a nice celtic ballad, that isn't about death and mayhem. Something pleasant. Apropriate even. wink.gif

Thanks in advance to anyone with ideas.

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Posted: 08-Dec-2003, 06:10 PM
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Posted: 09-Dec-2003, 10:26 AM
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sure, come on up. biggrin.gif

Come on people. There has got to be a song or two you can recomend.
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STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN...about a man professing unending lasting love to others about his lass. I play it with the band I drum for. There is always DRUNKEN SAILOR as well! PS Whay get married??? Don't you LIKE sex???? Peckery
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Posted: 22-Dec-2003, 01:15 AM
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We used this at our Wedding on April 23rd (many long long ponderous years ago OUCH stop hitting Dear) We wanted to be different for our recessional so it was this or "We've Only Just Begun."

Tune - St. Patricks Breastplate

Words -

I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever
By power of faith, Christ?s incarnation;
His baptism in Jordan river,
His death on Cross for my salvation;
His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
His riding up the heavenly way,
His coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself the power
Of the great love of cherubim;
The sweet ?Well done? in judgment hour,
The service of the seraphim,
Confessors? faith, Apostles? word,
The Patriarchs? prayers, the prophets? scrolls,
All good deeds done unto the Lord
And purity of virgin souls.

I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the star lit heaven,
The glorious sun?s life giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightning free,
The whirling wind?s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea
Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearken to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.

Against the demon snares of sin,
The vice that gives temptation force,
The natural lusts that war within,
The hostile men that mar my course;
Or few or many, far or nigh,
In every place and in all hours,
Against their fierce hostility
I bind to me these holy powers.

Against all Satan?s spells and wiles,
Against false words of heresy,
Against the knowledge that defiles,
Against the heart?s idolatry,
Against the wizard?s evil craft,
Against the death wound and the burning,
The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

(These two preceding verses can probably be left out)

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

"The lyrics are a translation of a Gaelic poem called ?St. Patrick?s Lorica,? or breast­plate. (A ?lorica? was a mys­tic­al gar­ment that was sup­posed to pro­tect the wear­er from dan­ger and ill­ness, and guar­an­tee ent­ry into hea­ven.)
This hymn can be a challenge to sing without seeing the words matched to the notes, but it is a masterpiece nevertheless." from

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Posted: 22-Dec-2003, 01:20 AM
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Oldraven, cara..check out Mo Choill (My Love) its a trad song that Altan does an excellent job of.

"S tú mo choill, coill, coill
?S tú mo choill gaineach bán
?S tú mo ghiolla dubh ar luaimh
Os ar ucht tú ?bheith slán"


"You are my love, love, love
You are my loved one so fair
You are my dark sailor boy
And I wish for your care"

Let me tell you, A LOT is lost in the translation to English. Its a haunting ballad when done right and may well fit the bill.

Checked the request list for it, but no joy (but Paul has an excellent selection of Altan regardless). I have it on a CD called 'Essential Altan' I picked up at the duty free shop in Shannon.

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Oldraven,

Might I suggest a most beautiful song that I think is appropriate for a wedding. If I ever get married again it will be sung at my wedding...

"bi' thusa mo shu'ile (be thou my vision)" arrangement is traditional.
Maire Brennan does an excellent job singing this 8th Century Irish hymn. She sings it in Irish Gaelic---absolutely breathtaking! wub.gif You can find this song on Maire Brennan's album entitled: "Whisper to the Wild Water."
I do have the lyrics in Gaelic, but I do not want to post them, because I do not know how to insert the accents over the letters to give them their proper pronounciation. (Can anyone tell me how to place the accents over the letters as I type---Please do so smile.gif)

The next song I would recommend is "I Will Give My Love An Apple." It is an old Irish song that is most beautiful when sung traditionally. I first heard this song sung by an Irish band called Iona. I don't have the words for this one right now, but I will try and get them later and post them.

Another song I recommend is entitled, "Columcille" also performed by Iona but it is totally instrumental with the bagpipes and a few other instruments. It is so hauntingly beautiful and perfect for a Bridal procession walking down the aisle. Toward the end of the song it gets more climatic with the bagpipes and is the perfect effect when the Bride finally reaches her groom at the end of the aisle. Both songs from Iona are from their double CD entitled: "Iona Live: Heaven's Bright Sun."

If I get married again these would be my top three for consideration. Good Luck!

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Posted: 22-Dec-2003, 12:09 PM
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Golden Golden- Silly Wizard

This is a very pretty song written by Andy M Stewart. I belive it is on celtic radio's request listing... if you want to give it a listen...
We play this one and there is always some couple that dances to it

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Posted: 22-Dec-2003, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (barddas @ Dec 22 2003, 12:09 PM)
Golden Golden- Silly Wizard

This is a very pretty song written by Andy M Stewart. I belive it is on celtic radio's request listing... if you want to give it a listen...
We play this one and there is always some couple that dances to it

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Barddas, great one. Very pretty song.

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  Posted: 22-Dec-2003, 05:41 PM
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There is a song by The Irish Rovers, I believe it's still in the requests, called "An Irish Wedding Song". It's not in Gaelic, but it is a beautiful song nontheless.


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Posted: 23-Dec-2003, 03:42 PM
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Thanks a lot guys. I'll be checking all of these out, as soon as I can. smile.gif
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