Bóinn – The River Goddess
‘Bóinn – The River Goddess’ was composed in 2020 as part of the Songs for Our Children Project. This project, curated by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, facilitated the composition of newly composed traditional songs for children. The focus of this project was to create a body of songs which are child-friendly, and which pass on the unaccompanied and ornamented singing styles of the Irish song tradition. The song, composed by Meath singer Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh is about the Boyne River and was written with the intention of informing children of its history, mythology, geography and environmental importance, using the medium of unaccompanied traditional song. Inspired by the creation myth of 'Bóinn', the Goddess for whom the Boyne is named, the song follows the Goddess as she makes her way across the county from her source in Kildare to where she reaches the sea.
Manuela Corbari and myself have created an animated music video to accompany the song. Commissioned by Meath County Council and Cruinniú na nÓg.