Tá’n t’Ádh Liom

by Ronan O Snodaigh

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Tá’n t’Ádh Liom – Is a reflection on unexpected grace or luck, a guitar song in Irish, this recording came about from a chance opportunity to call in on an old friend for a cuppa tea after a long time of isolation.

Rónán Ó Snodaigh, better known for his singing with the group Kíla, has had weekends at home for the first time in thirty years as all gigging stopped. He spent the year writing songs, playing and practising music and reflecting over his career. 2020 has been a year of ups and downs for Rónán and KÍla, live touring came to an abrupt halt midway through their European St Patricks weekend tour while they have had big successes from their work in film with an IFTA win for their score for the Oscar longlisted Irish film Arracht, and their collaboration with Bruno Coulais on the score of the recently released Cartoon Saloon film ‘Wolfwalkers’ winning much critical acclaim. Rónán is currently working on a solo album which will be released in 2021.

Myles O Reilly, film maker and musician, also found his life and work turned upside by the pause in live performances. Through the opportunity of borrowing a Moog, an early analogue synthesizer, Myles has spent much of 2020 creating and composing ambient electronic music under the name Indistinct Chatter. October saw his first release; ‘Cabin Lights Off’ which was RTÉ1 album of the week.
Myles has spent much of the last 10years accompanying musicians as they tour and play to audiences, documenting their work on film, giving viewers unique insight into artists and their work and artists a platform to showcase their work through crafting magnificent videos available free to watch through www.arbutusyarns.net.

Tá’n t’Ádh Liom was recorded from a live performance at Myles O Reilly’s home.
It was mixed by Myles and mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine.

‘Being an attempt at an independent individual I didn’t expect to be lent a hand by anyone; Angels, Grace, Gods or otherwise. It appears I have been helped a lot along the way and maybe I have just stopped long enough this year to notice how lucky I have been and how much grace has been bestowed on me.’ – Rónán Ó Snodaigh

lyrics

Tá’n t’Ádh Liom:

Ba bheag nár gur chaill mé mo chiall ansan.
Ba bheag nár gur briseadh mo chroí ansan.
Ba bheag nár gur gheall mé don diabhall ansan.
Ba bheag nár gur chas mé mo dhrom.
Bár go bun

Ba bheag nár gur ísligh mé mo bhrí ansan
Ba bheag nár gur thréig mé mo Dhia ansan
Ba bheag nár gur bhris mé mo riall ansan.
Ba bheag nár gur chas mé mo dhrom.
Bár go bun

Ní san an rud a tharla dom
Ná a bhí I ndán dom
Ní san an rud a bhí le titim amach orm
B’fhéidir go raibh an t’ádh liom
An t’ádh liom
Ar nós aingeal ós mo chionn
Ag obair ar mo shon
I ngan fhios dom

Ba bheag nár gur theip mé air mo Dhia ansan
Ba bheag nár go raibh an oíche san ró dhorcha dom
Ba bheag nár go raibh an coga san ró dhaor dom
Ba bheag nár gur chas mé mo dhrom

Ba bheag nár go raibh an oíche san ró fhada dom
Ba bheag nár go raibh an fána san ró ghéir dom
Ba bheag nár go raibh an domhain ró chodaithe dom
Ba bheag nár gur chas mé mo dhrom
Bár go bun.

Ní san an rud a tharla dom…

English translations:

Luck is with me.

My mind was nearly lost there.
My heart was nearly broken there.
My promise was nearly to the demon there.
I nearly turned my back,
from the top down.

My reason was nearly buried there
My God was nearly abandoned there
My code was nearly broken there
I nearly turned my back,
from the top down

But that is not what happened to me
Nor what was in store for me
That is not what was to befall me
Maybe luck was with me
Luck with me
Like an angel overhead
Working on my behalf
Unbeknownst to me.

I nearly failed my God there
That night was nearly too dark for me
That war was nearly too costly for me
I nearly turned my back
That night was nearly too long for me

That slope was nearly too steep for me
The world was nearly too fractured for me
I nearly turned my back
From the top down
But that is not what happened to me..

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released December 21, 2020
Rónán Ó Snodaigh on Vocals & Guitar -
Myles O'Reilly AKA [Indistinct Chatter] on Modular Synth
Recorded and mixed by Myles O'Reilly
Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine
Published by Silverstream Music
Copyright Myles O’ Reilly

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Ronan O Snodaigh Dublin, Ireland

Rónán Ó Snodaigh is a founding member of the celebrated traditional Irish/world music band Kíla. He is one of Ireland's best and most innovative bodhrán players and a highly original singer songwriter. Described by John Walsh (Hot Press) as 'the living embodiment of Turlough O Carolan and Bob Marley', and by a fan as ‘…The Jimi Hendrix of Bodhrán' ... more

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