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Manks Concert in memory of Sophia Morrison - 'Graih my Chree' – A Manx love song performed by Caarjyn Cooidjagh

Published on 12 Apr 2017

One of the Isle of Man’s most beautiful love songs, Graih my Chree (‘Love of my heart’ in Manx Gaelic) was first published in A. W. Moore’s ‘Manx Ballads and Music’ of 1896. There only a single verse was published:

Love of my heart, oh! art thou with me?
Love of my heart, art thou awake?
And if I’ll not get my own heart’s love with me,
Then I must die bereft of her.

O! Graih my chree, O! vel oo marym?
O! graih my chree, O! vel uss dooisht ?
As mannagh noym yn graih my chree marym,
Sheign dou eisht geddyn baase fegooish.

The song is performed here by the prize-winning Manx language choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh.

This is a part of the “Manks Concert” marking the anniversary of the death of Sophia Morrison.
Held at the Peel Centenary Centre on the 14th of January 2017, it marked the 100th anniversary of the death of this great figure of Manx cultural history.

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