Teresa and Jaron on the grass

Orrachan – The Divine Feminine in Gaelic Song

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Orrachan (Ora khan): An obscure Gaelic word meaning rhymed prayer, charm or incantation.

The Irish Goddess Brigid, Mary Magdelene and the Virgin Mary have a strong presence in Celtic Spirituality. Like many ancient cultures, the Celts embrace the feminine in their relationship with the spirit world. These ancient celtic songs are deeply emotive, evoking the passionate and tragic love of Mary for her child, and at times light hearted recounting the power to turn water into beer. Teresa recreates these songs with layered vocals, ethereal lines inspired by Hildegard combined with deeper harmonies that reinforce our connection to the natural world, the heart of Celtic Spirituality. Once again Teresa has teamed up with producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Schroer. Together they have created a deeply restful, mystical and contemplative work.

Track List
  1. The Seven Rejoices of the Virgin Mary (3:20)
  2. Hushing our Saviour (3:15)
  3. In the Name of the Father (2:45)
  4. Mary’s Lament (4:10)
  5. The Virgin Mary’s Lullaby (4:50)
  6. My God Help Me (4:05)
  7. The Resurrection (5:20)
  8. Mary Gave Birth to the Son of God (3:15)
  9. Ode to Bridget (2:05)
  10. For that Night Yonder in Bethlehem (5:10)
  11. Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary (7:45)
Album Credits

Produced, arranged and engineered by Oliver Schroer
Mixed by Oliver Schroer & Andrew St. George
Mastered by Andrew St. George

Teresa Doyle: vocals
Oliver Schroer: violins, recorder, bells, Tibetan singing bowl, guitar
Bill Brennan: Keyboard, singing bell, water bell
Rebecca Blair: Celtic harp
Corbin Keep: cello
David Woodhead: bass
Irene Schroer: for playing the sea (ummm, C) on ‘Caoineadh Mhuire’