Where does this lullaby come from?
Hó-Bha-ín is a beautiful lullaby from the Connemara area. It depicts the child’s mother going off with the unknown ‘Blind Philip’, and presents the consequences of actions through the threat of the priest’s horse trashing Seán Gabha’s garden. We also see protective exorcism in the chorus through the phrase ‘gabh amach a bhadhbh badhbh’ (and out with you evil spirit)!
Contributed by Dr Ciara Thompson
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