Madagoan

In January 2019 we travelled to India to collaborate with the Goan singer Divya Naik (Goa Voice of the Year 2015). The project brought together traditional songs in Irish, Konkani and English, to which we added new lyrics in all three languages, as well as new tunes. Four of the pieces were premiered at Banglanatak.com‘s flagship Sur Jahan festival in Goa in February.

Madagoan on stage at Sur Jahan festival, Goa, February 2019.
l-r: Jason, Stevie, Shubham Gawande, Divya, Saheel, Maria, Clair, Sujay, Shubham Naik.
Photo by Eric Van Nieuwland

We recorded an album of seven tracks with Divya and five Goan percussionists. You can buy the album here.

Madagoan album cover showing Beann Mhadagáin, Belfast, and the coastline of Goa.

The project was supported by awards from the British Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Album info

Click on each track for lyrics and information.

Track 1: Green Grow the Rushes.

Track 2: Morule.

Track 3: Suaintraí na Maighdine

Track 4: Boat Song.

Track 5: The Waltz of the Spirits.

Track 6: Salam.

Track 7: Gleanntain Ghlas Gaoth Dobhair.

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All tracks Trad. Arr. Madagoan, except:

Track 1: Konkani lyrics by Divya Naik.

Track 2: Irish Lyrics by Maria Rafferty; English lyrics by Jason O’Rourke; counter melody by Claire McGreevy.

Track 5: Melody by Jason O’Rourke.

Track 6: Melody and Lyrics by Saiesh Poi Panandikar.

Track 7: Lyrics by Proinsas Ó Maonaigh.

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Musicians

Clair McGreevy: Guitar, Vocals.

Divya Naik: Vocals.

Jason O’Rourke: Concertinas.

Stephen Porter: Uilleann Pipes, Whistles.

Maria Rafferty, Flute, Vocals, Whistles.

Percussion:

Shubham Gawande: Kasale, Dhol.

Parshuram Majalekar: Shamel.

Saheel Naik: Ghumat.

Shubham Naik: Gumat.

Sujay Naik: Tasso.