Caera | Traditional Irish Gaelic Children's Songs

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Traditional Irish Gaelic Children's Songs

by Caera

The music and native language of Ireland are offered to children and learners of all ages. The CD comes in a book that includes all lyrics, translations, sheet music,and drawings (to color in) for each song, and much more.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Méar agus Ordóg
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2. Cúig Ubh
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3. Éiníní
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4. Nead na Lachan
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5. Aon, Dó
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6. Báidín Fheilimí
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7. Cuirimid Deandaí Deandaí
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8. Íne Míne Maighne Mó
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9. Dilín ó Damhas
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10. A' bhFaca Tú Mo Shéamaisín?
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11. Bog Braon
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Album Notes
Traditional Irish Gaelic Children’s Songs is a complete source for eleven traditional Irish songs that are fun and easy to learn, for adults as well as children. Learning these songs can also help build vocabulary for anyone just starting to learn the Irish language. The book offers many tools for learning each song thoroughly, including:

• Full lyrics and full translations for each song
• Outline drawings for each song that kids can color in
• A pronunciation guide for the language
• Instructions for games to play with two of the songs
• An annotated list of other sources for learning each song in this book, as well as other Gaelic songs
• Sheet music for each song
• A CD featuring each song sung in the traditional style by an award-winning Gaelic singer

Caera is a singer, harper, teacher, and writer, who is very passionate about the music, languages, and history of her Gaelic ancestors. She plays a clairseach, a brass-strung harp modeled after medieval harps from Ireland, and sings in all three Gaelic languages (Irish, Scottish, and Manx) as well as other languages.

Caera performs a variety of songs from a variety of time periods and places. She performs songs and chants from the Middle Ages, mostly from northern and western Europe. She also has an ever-growing repertoire of traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. Many of these songs are in the native languages of these countries. She has a particularly strong interest in the sean-nos singing tradition of Ireland, and has studied this style in the Boston area and in Ireland. She also has a strong interest in the puirt-a-beul (mouth music) singing tradition in Scotland, and has studied this style in the Boston area. Finally, Caera does write her own original songs, in English as well as in Irish Gaelic.

In performance and in teaching, Caera strives to make the Celtic languages, especially Irish Gaelic, accessible and easy for anyone to understand -- whether they only speak English or not, whether they are familiar with traditional Celtic music or not, and whether they have Celtic ancestry or not.

Throughout her career as a performing musician, Caera’s singing has been compared to that of Máire (Moya) Brennan (of Clannad), Nóirín ní Riain, Karen Mattheson (of Capercaillie), Karan Casey, Loreena McKennitt, and several other notable singers in Celtic music. She has also collected such comments from her audiences as "Now I know the angels sing in Gaelic," and "I would walk on broken glass to hear you sing." In 2004 Caera won three gold medals in the Columbus Feis for Gaelic singing and poetry, and in 2005 Caera returned to the Columbus Feis and won five gold medals, in Gaelic singing and poetry, and in harp performance.

Caera has performed and taught at small cafes, large auditoriums, schools, libraries, yoga centers, and assisted living homes, as well as festivals and cultural events such as the Irish Crossroads Festival in Boston, the Lowell Folk Festival, the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), the Dublin Irish Festival (in Dublin, OH), the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Northeast Music and Dance (NOMAD) festival, the Midwest Women’s Festival, various Scottish Highland Games, and Renaissance Faires.


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Stiofán Ó hAoláin

Thar barr
Is breá liom iad.Go raibh míle maith agat.


Wonderful album!
We initially bought this particular CD to fulfill a project for our kindergartner. It had everything we needed - a song in another language with the English translation. After we listened to it, though, we fell in love with it. All it's missing is some Irish music, even though Caera has a very lovely voice. The Gaelic pronunciation guide is also great and has caused us to look into learning Gaelic ourselves.


Great CD for kids!
It is wonderful to have all of the supporting materials that come with this CD, it makes it so much easier to use the songs to teach my children. While I do not think my kids will ever be fluent in Irish Gaelic (this language killed me as my language requirement in college) it is great for them to hear other languages and pick up some vocabulary words. The fact that the songs are a cappella makes it easier for children to focus on the words and pronunciation. Thank you so much for your dedication to the language, the heritage and culture of Ireland!


Very Educational and Fun
This book and CD set make a great supplement to my Irish language program. I stumbled across it while looking for ways to use what I know while learning new words. The tunes are delightful and easy to remember. My favorites are Méar agus Ordóg for the actions that go with it and A' bhFaca Tú Mo Shéamaisín? for the melody. Go raibh maith agat, Caera!

mark bodah

arfhabhas amach is amach
fuaireas an dlúthdhiosca agus leabhar seo do mo nia, Silas, agus a thuismitheoirí le dóchas go mbeidh beagáinín Gaeilge labhartha ina dteach, ach ceapaim gur mise an duine a mbainfidh an úsáid is mo as! in aon chor, is DD iontach é amach is amach, leis an gceol, na liricí as Gaeilge agus i mBéarla agus na pictiúirí simplí, tá sé an-oiriúnach do pháistí óg, cosúil le Silas beag. Agus chomh maith le sin, is duine do mo chairde í Caera, agus tá an-fhios agam an méid grá atá curtha insan dlúthdhíosca seo. maith thú a Chaera, an-jab!

I bought this CD for my nephew Silas and his parents, in the hope there would be some Irish spoken in their house, but i think i myself might will be the one who uses it most! at any rate, it's a thoroughly wonderful CD, with its simple music, lyrics in Irish and English, and simple illustrations, it's very suitable for young children. In addition, Caera is a friend of mine, and i know how much love she has poured into this CD! Very nicely done, Caera!

Patricia & Riona

This CD and book are brilliant
This CD is such a must have for any baby, not just an Irish baby. It is full of great songs and the books makes learning so much fun. The music and songs are beautiful, I never had gaelic growing up and was deprived of my native language in the area we lived. I searched every where for Gaelic songs for my baby and we just love this cd and supporting educational materials. We rate it 20 out of 10

G. O'Neill

Tá an CD seo go hiontach do m'innín óg. Tá mé fíorsásta. Go raibh míle maith agat.

Celtic Beat magazine

Highly Recommended
This is a simple, direct, and delightful introduction for children to singing in Irish Gaelic. Certainly for young children it would be a book for a parent or teacher, but even for the uninitiated it is a model of easy reading. With a pronunciation guide in the back and a fine CD with it – what more could you really want to either introduce your children or pupils to the traditional culture of Irish language and music.
The approach of teaching here is eloquent in its simplicity. Even to the illustrations, where Celtic interlace works well with the Thurberesque figures of Bess Libby.
I highly recommend this book and CD to anyone wanting to give children a basic foundation in Irish Gaelic speech, culture, and song.
~ Art Ketchen