The Green Man

by Brona McVittie

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1.
You lie in the depth of my field In the depth of my field I see you through the window Your eyes are yellow in the morning You are the Green Man You are the Green Man Your arms are made from ash Your moy is sycamore You are the Green Man You are the Green Man
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Well like the rising day Eileen Aroon Love sends his early ray Eileen Aroon What makes his dawning glow Changeless through joy and woe Only the constant know Eileen Aroon I knew a valley fair Eileen Aroon I knew a cottage there Eileen Aroon Far from that valley’s shade I knew a gentle maid Flower of the hazel glade Eileen Aroon Were she no longer true Eileen Aroon What would her lover do? Eileen Aroon Fly with his broken chains Far o’er the bounding mains Never to love again Eileen Aroon Youth must with time decay Eileen Aroon Beauty must fade away Eileen Aroon Castles are sacked in war Chieftains are scattered far Truth is a fixed star Eileen Aroon

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The Green Man/Eileen Aroon is the new single from Irish singer-songwriter Brona McVittie, a hint of what’s to come from her forthcoming sophomore album which follows her January 2018 debut We are the Wildlife. 

The new single features Brona’s original composition (The Green Man) alongside a novel interpretation of traditional Irish ballad Eileen Aroon, showcasing a new collaboration with electronic duo Isan. Brona explains "both of these songs are inspired by the landscape. The Green Man literally grew out of the trees visible from my living room window. I could see his head of sycamore and his arms, branches of an ash tree. Eileen Aroon — composed by Carroll O’Daly around 1380 — espouses his love for Eleanor Kavanagh, daughter of the Leinster chieftain comparing her to a ‘flower of the hazel glade’”. 

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released January 20, 2020

The Green Man: written, recorded and produced by Brona McVittie at Corkbot Castle Studios in Rostrevor. Featuring Richard Curran (cellos), Anne Garner (flute), Myles Cochran (steel guitar) and Brona (vocals, harp, electronics). Co-produced and mastered by Myles Cochran in Mineur Studios, France. 


Eileen Aroon/Eibhlín a Rúin (Darling Eileen): co-arranged by Brona McVittie and Isan (Robin Saville & Antony Ryan). Brona (harp, vocals), Isan (electronics), Myles Cochran (steel guitar). Co-produced and mastered by Myles Cochran in Mineur Studios, France.

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The critics have been forming an orderly queue to heap praise on Brona McVittie’s shoulders since the release of her debut album. The Guardian decided that this outwardly delicate record “has a bite behind it, showing you the stuff under the skin”. If Virginia Astley, Joanna Newsom and The Unthanks appeal to your ears and heart, then County Down native Brona is your new favourite artist ... more

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