NEW Christmas Release
Hush, Be Still, A Christmas Lullaby
(Brendan Graham/Róisín O'Reilly)
© peermusic UK Ltd 2022
NEW CHRISTMAS EP Released
HUSH BE STILL- NEW EP
This Christmas EP came about from the recording of the song Hush Be Still which I co-wrote with Brendan Graham. On its release in December 2021, RTE chose the song as their “Tune of the Week”. This year, TG4 chose to record Hush Be Still for its Christmas Eve TV Special in a choral setting by the renowned Californian arranger, Roger Emerson. This was filmed in Galway
Cathedral where I sang with the beautiful voices of Galway City Chamber Choir.
RTE Radio 1 also selected ‘Hush Be Still’ for its Christmas Miscellany programme and I was privileged to perform it with the RTE Concert Orchestra in The National Concert Hall, with a special arrangement by Gavin Murphy.
Graham’s lyrics to Lovland’s melody, takes us back to Bethlehem and beautifully illustrates the dichotomy of Mary’s feelings, where she both lullabies her newborn baby while, at the same time lamenting
the fate that she knows awaits him.
THEN, WILL MY HEART ARISE
This song deals with the hope of forgiveness that the Crib brings juxtaposed with the redemption that the Cross brings. Graham has set this theme using the imagery of light and darkness that we all sometimes experience at Christmas.
BUAN DO RÉ
This is an adaptation into Irish of Hush Be Still, by Donegal poet, Eilín Ní Bhaoill, was especially recorded for this EP.
Morning Ireland Interview with Aibhe Conneely
O HOLY NIGHT
RÓISÍN O’REILLY - Vocal
Ewan Cowley - Guitar & Bouzouki
Recorded and mixed with Ewan Cowley Arranged and Produced by
Ewan Cowley & Róisín O' Reilly
RTE CHRISTMAS MISCELLANY 2022
On December 1st Sunday Miscellany celebrated Christmas 2022 in a live concert at the National Concert Hall, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the baton of conductor Gavin Maloney. Readers on the night were Edel Coffey, Tim Carey, Rachael Hegarty, Declan Kiberd, Jackie Lynam, Kathleen MacMahon, John Toal and Paul Howard.
For special musical performances Róisín joined singer Connor McKeon, harpist Úna Walsh, and the contemporary trad group Trú. And you can listen back to the programme, which is broadcast in two parts (Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th) here