~ Listen to a sample of the Ceide album ~

The album features orchestral music which has been inspired by the folklore and history of the West coast of Ireland – and in particular the area around Ceide Fields. All these original compositions are set in Mayo – and feature Killala, Belderrig, Pullatomas and Achill – legendary home of the pirate queen Grace O’Malley. The composer, Paul Neville, wrote the music for this album at his workplace a few miles away from Ceide Fields.

The Irish poet, playwright and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Seamus Heaney, wrote to the composer Paul Neville after listening to the composers “Ceide Fields” album:

“Belderg – your setting, delicate and pointed, crossing the old “cruit” music with younger strains of the pianoforte, hammers and strings, as it were.
And it takes place very naturally in the whole nine-part programme, with its light and shade, its variously martial and melodic episodes.
I was just sorry that my old friend Tom Flanagan – he of “The Year of the French” – is no longer with us, it would have been a great pleasure for him to have such a moving evocation of his dream country.”
Seamus Heaney (May 2012)

The actor and director Adrian Dunbar also commented on the Ceide Fields album:

“Really beautiful …. a labour of love and it shows.”

Adrian Dunbar (May 2012)

The family of the composer have been living in Belderg (or Belderrig) for nearly two hundred years and still live there now. For many generations they have been farming and working the land but were unaware that just below their feet (and not that far from the surface) were the remains of a society very similar to their own from nearly 6,000 years ago!

The discovery of this ancient neolithic site was made by the Caulfield family of Belderg. The poet and Nobel Prize recipient Seamus Heaney wrote a poem called “Belderg” after staying with the family in the village. One of the tracks on this “Ceide Fields” album is that same poem set to music and read by the Irish actor Adrian Dunbar.


Track titles:

Hy Brasil ~ Belderg ~ Achill Ships ~ Sea Queen ~ Across Time ~ Killala Skirmish ~ Pullatomas ~ Horned Women ~ Ceide Fields

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