Colm de Bhailís was a file pobail or file béil (a community or oral poet) whose work often lent itself to being set to music, thus finding its way into the traditional song repertoire, where it still thrives today. This exciting album features poetry and folklore, and some of his greatest compositions sung by top Connemara sean-nós singers.
The ordinary prosaic events of his daily life, the sights and experiences he encounters on his way to a fair – such are the inspirations of his verse…he weaves the experience into verse, and embellishes it with a hundred odd fancies, which, in the case of a more
formal poet, one would rightly set down as grotesque extravagance.
- Pádraic Mac Piarais