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Celtic Lullabies

 

 

The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

 

“Sleep, O babe, for the red bee hums the silent twilight's fall.
Aoibheall from the grey rock comes, to wrap the world in thrall...”

 

A beautiful old lullaby with lyrics by Joseph Campbell and a traditional melody collected in Donegal by Herbert Hughes, arranged for lever harp and voice. It is in the key of C; its one B-flat chord is played by flatting the lowest B string on the harp before beginning to play. The sheet music is 4 pages, printed on ivory paper, and includes words (3 verses), melody, chords, and arrangement for the harp. Level: lower to middle intermediate. $3.00.

 

Click here, then choose “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby,” to hear a sample of this music as sung by Colleen Harris on her CD, Celtic Grace. The wordless vocals at the beginning (lovely!) were added to this arrangement by the singer.

 

 

All Through the Night

 

"Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,

All through the night.”

 

A lovely Welsh lullaby, arranged for harp and voice. The sheet music includes words, melody, chords, and arrangement for the harp. The arrangement is made for lever harp – accidentals are avoided – but can be played on the pedal harp as well. Four pages, printed in black on ivory paper, 8˝” x 11”. Level: easy to intermediate; in the key of G. $3.00.

 

 

Irish harp by Elly Fithian

 

 

Suo Gan

 

"To my lullaby surrender,

Warm and tender is my breast."

 

A traditional Welsh lullaby, in a beautiful arrangement for harp and voice. The sheet music, in Welsh and English, includes three verses in each language, melody, chord symbols, and arrangement for the harp. Like most harp music, it can also be played on the piano. The music is 8˝" x 11", 4 pages, printed in black on ivory paper. Level: easy to intermediate; in the key of C. $3.00.

 

 

Lullaby from Voices of the Trees

 

“‘Tis seldom they speak now to us who are grown,

But they sing to you kindly, for you are their own.”

From the Voices of the Trees songbook: a gentle, haunting lullaby telling a child that the trees and night wind call him to come and play. The sheet music is 4 pages, 8˝” x 11”, printed on ivory paper, and includes words, melody for voice, and arrangement for the harp. The arrangement is simple but includes one lever change. Level: easy to intermediate. $3.00.

The lullabies above are included in our “Four Celtic Lullabies” set, $9.00.

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The Castle of Dromore

 

"The October winds lament around the Castle of Dromore,

Yet peace is in its lofty halls, my loving treasure store.

Though autumn leaves may droop and die, a bud of spring are you.

Sing hushabye lu la lu lo lan, Sing hushabye lu la lu."

 

This lullaby is one of the oldest extant Irish songs, lulling a child to sleep with a prayer for safety against the wild weather and "Clan Eoin's wild Banshee." The sheet music includes words (3 verses), melody, chords, and arrangement for the lever harp. It is 4 pages, 8˝" x 11”, printed in black on ivory paper. Level: easy to intermediate. $3.00; also included in our eight-piece “Irish Folk Songs” set, $18.00..

 

 

Dakota Lullaby

 

“Sleep and rest on my breast,

Little love and my treasure,

Safe and warm in my arms:

Love is too great to measure.”

 

As she lulls her child to sleep on a cold January night, a mother muses on the need to cherish the beautiful, peaceful moments in our lives. The words and melody are timeless. Four pages long, printed on ivory paper; includes words (5 verses), melody, chords, and arrangement for the harp. Level: easy to intermediate; in the key of C with no accidentals. $3.00. Click to hear a MIDI version which includes the harp introduction, the harp and voice through one verse, and the first, second, and third endings.

 

 

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Gartan Mother’s Lullaby

 

 

 

All Through the Night

 

 

 

Suo Gan

 

 

 

Lullaby from Voices of the Trees

 

 

The Castle of Dromore, arr. by Shirley Starke

 

The Castle of Dromore

 

 

 

Dakota Lullaby