A STOR/MYLOVE/KEDVESEM(A Hungary feeling)
The group is Edain. The title of the CD is Thar Saile. It has twelve tracks including "Se do Bheatha", "Crann Ull", "Peigin" and "A Stor".
Nothing unusual about that, says you. Or there wouldn't be if the group was
from Cliften or Dingle.....or even Dublin. But it's not. Edain is based in
Budapest and is made up entirely of Hungarians.
lldiko D. Kiss (the vocalist) is a Mathematics and Physics teacher who
developed an interest in Irish music in the early nineties.
"I liked very much Irish songs" she told me. Irish musician, Joe Carey
invited her to Ireland and in 1996 (with her husband and brother-in-law) she
spent three weeks in Mayo. She then spent a week in Miltown Malbay when the
Summer School was on but didn't have enough money to enrol in any course.
She says;" The Gaelic songs were beautiful so I decided to learn Irish. It
wasn't easy to find somebody in Budapest who speaks Irish". At last she
found Dora Podor, a Professor of Medieval Irish, in the University Karoly
Gaspar. She spent three years learning Irish and formed Edain in 1999.
Her brother-in-law, Zolton Dodo, (who accompanied her to Ireland) plays
Kata Asmany, who studied at the Frank Schubert Academy of Music in Vienna,
is on tin-whistle and flutes. Janos Gueth who was a drummer (Rock music) for
twenty years plays AND MAKES his own bodhrans.
When singing Sa Mhuta and Peata lldiko has a blas that would almost put a
traditional singer in Doolin or Carna to shame. It's obvious that her heart
is in it.
" I feel this is the style of singing, in what I feel myself at
home. The way your sean-nůs singers are singing is my way. Once I met a
lovely Irish Salesian, Jim o'Halloran, and he told me just the same (that I
sing as your sean-nůs singers ). I had some songs recorded, and he took them
with him to Ireland. These songs were broadcasted in a radio programme."
The CD's accompanying booklet gives the words of the songs in Irish, English and
Hungarian. Kata Asmany put the Hungarian version in rhyme.
Edain aimed to; "....arrange Irish songs in a way so as to make them
pleasant to the modern ear, and so make the audience like them". The have
certainly achieved that. If you were to walk into the Petofi Community
Centre, in 02nd district of Budapest, on the third Friday of any month, and
close your eyes, you could be at a Fleadh in Listowel.
And when you are having a riparian ramble by the Dodder or the Cashen,
couldn't you just imagine that you are walking down by the Danube, and burst
into Peigin Leitir Moir as follows;
Orult egy no a kedvesem
Leitir Moir-I szerelmesem
Peggy, fektelen edesem,
Nincs a foldon senki ilyen.
When I asked lldiko about Irish music in Hungary she said; "Our music is
uncommon in Hungary. We don't play pub music, but traditional Irish music in
Irish language. It is because I prefer sean-nůs and Kata likes jazz. We try
to combine the mediaval and the modern version of a song, or to show the
form of dance and song of the same theme. Sometimes we assemble songs to
reels or jigs that we consider to be well-matched."
Their latest, 12 track, album "Ri Na mBocht" is a Christmas collection
and most of the songs are in Irish also. The material on this CD took a lot of research as ".......there exists very few tunes and lyrics that are part of the Celtic culture and are also
connected to Christmas." Included in the seven songs in Irish are, "Deus Meus", "Mac De", "Seoithin" and "Dreoilin."
Edain are very thankful to the Irish Embassy in Budapest for its assistance
with this album.
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You will find Edain at www.edain.hu
Below left to right: Zolton Dodo, lldiko D. Kiss, Kata Asmany, and Janos Gueth.