Clannad is a family band from Ireland that formed in the 1970s, performing a variety of music, such as folk, folk rock, Celtic and traditional Irish music — a genre they are known for having popularized. A song by this band titled Newgrange, from their album Magical Ring, has just been added to the European folk music section in the music resource library.
The song evokes a feeling of mystery and wonder while contemplating the ancient site of Newgrange in Ireland and the people who built it, with lyrics such as:
“Wait for the sun on a winter’s day
And a beam of light shines across the floor.
Mysterious ring, a magical ring.
But forgotten is the race that no-one knows.”
(The full lyrics of the song can be found here.)
Newgrange is a massive mound that aligns to winter solstice. A shaft of light streams through the cross-shaped passage in the mound and lights up the central chamber at dawn on this day. It is one of Ireland’s most famous ancient sites, believed to have been built around 5000 years ago.
According to local tradition and lore, this site was built by the ancient race known as the Tuatha Dé Danann — a people who were said to have arrived in Ireland by the sea, bringing the Religion of the Sun there and establishing many sacred sites.1
Below is Clannad’s beautiful song about this ancient site:
(Another video with images of Newgrange set to the song by Clannad can be found here.)
Here is another version of the song performed live by a group called Celtic Woman:
More songs can be found via the resources section here:
More information on this subject can be found in the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard. (Mystical Life Publications, 2017). Chapter 2: The Lost Civilization of the Sun, as well as Chapter 10, section on Cairn T on p. 324. More information about Newgrange specifically can be found in Chapter 9.)