OGAE Song Contest 2021 – Ireland

OGAE Ireland will be represented by Eimear Quinn with “Hibernia

Biography

Eimear Quinn was a classically trained soprano before she made her international debut in 1996, winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with ‘The Voice’ written by Brendan Graham.

That opportunity allowed Eimear to explore musical genres very different to that of her studies, and in the proceeding years to develop a repertoire encompassing all of her musical loves and interests, honing a fused genre of folk and classical, scared and medieval that she has become widely known for. Eimear has toured, in Australia, Europe, America and South Africa in venues including The Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney State Theatre and the Vorst National, Brussels and Theatre De La Ville, Paris. She has also made numerous television appearances as a performer and presenter for Irish Television and Radio programming for RTÉ and TV3, and many Radio and Television performances in Europe.

Eimear’s recordings include ‘Winter Fire and Snow’ and ‘Through The Lens of a Tear’; a song cycle on the legend of Tristan and Iseult, co-composed with Pól Brennan. After having a family she returned to recording, and began to compose her first studio album since the birth of her two daughters. This large scale orchestral project resulted in the album Ériu, recorded with the RTE National Concert Orchestra. It was released in May 2020 during the global pandemic and features many songs of solace, including ‘The Watchman’ co-written with Brendan Graham and Hibernia which she co-wrote.

Lyrics

Many have sailed to the land of Hibernia,
Many have taken the spoils
Over the waves to the land of Hibernia
Coming to conquer our soil
There is a people in the land of Hibernia
Crushed on the stem like a rose
But we are the kings and the queens of Hibernia
And we have this song in our souls.

I am the wind blowing upon the sea
Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula Sanctorum, Insula Factorum
I am the wave roaring up from the deep
Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula terra final

Land of the Druid and land of the Dreamer
Land of the scholars of old
Land of the poet and land of the warrior Eriu and Banba and Foldha
There is a people in the land of Hibernia
Rising when battle drums roll

For we are the kings and the queens of Hibernia
And we have this song in our soul.

I am the wind blowing upon the sea
Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula Sanctorum, Insula Factorum I am the wave roaring up from the deep Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula terra final

Áiliu íath nÉireann Bé adhbhul Ériu Érimon in Ériu ar dtús

I am the wind blowing upon the sea Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula Sanctorum, Insula Factorum I am the wave roaring up from the deep Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula terra final

I am the wind blowing upon the sea Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula Sanctorum, Insula Factorum I am the wave roaring up from the deep Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula terra final

I am the wind blowing upon the sea Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula Sanctorum, Insula Factorum I am the wave roaring up from the deep Insula Nobilis, Insula Fatalis, Insula terra final

Áiliu íath nÉireann Bé adhbhul Ériu Érimon in Ériu ar dtús

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