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Like many people, I grew up listening to the beautiful hymn “Morning Has Broken” unaware that it was based on a Scots Gaelic carol from the 1800s. The original, “Leanaibh An Aigh,” was composed by Mary Mc Donald (1789–1872) from the Ross of Mull. The air of the song is also known as “Bunessan” named for her birthplace. As I did not feel I could do justice to the the Scots Gaelic (which has a different pronunciation to Irish Gaelic), I wrote a new set of Irish Gaelic words based on the original Scots.
Mary all vocals; Steve Coulter harp; Barry Phillips cellos; Shelley Phillips oboe, English horn; Words Mary Mc Laughlin;
Music trad. arr. Mary Mc Laughlin.
Release/catalogue number: RR404
Release date: Jan 1, 2007