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Coronach (Scottish-Irish Lamentation or Dirge)


Coronach Basic Information:
  • Also written as - coranich, corrinoch, coranach, cronach.
  • Lamentation or dirge for the dead, sung or played on bagpipes.
  • Accompanied funerals in the Scottish Highlands & also in Ireland.
  • Can be a choral lament or a funeral song sung or shrieked by Celtic women.
  • No coronach songs have been recorded.
Coronach Origin:
  • Dated from 1490-1500.
  • From Scottish Gaelic corranach.
  • Related to Irish rānadh, a crying.
Coronach In Popular Culture:
  • The Bonny Earl of Murray (a Scottish border ballad) is supposedly composed in the tradition of the coronach.
  • Coronach - Scottish Renaissance instrumentalist group (www.coronach.co.uk/).
  • Jethro Tull (music group) released a single called "Coronach" in 1986.
  • Coronach is also a poem by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).


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