WILW: Anna Mieke’s Aurillac, filmed by Myles O’Reilly

I have an odd relationship with Ireland.

When I was a sophomore at DePauw, I picked up a photography major, mostly because the major offered a study abroad program in Dublin. My parents had to later explain that while I had an awesome scholarship due to my dad’s position at an affiliated college, my scholarship didn’t cover study abroad programs, and I wouldn’t be able to study abroad period. So there went that. 

One of my best friends in college ended up being a former competitive Irish dancer, and an exceptional one. One of my favorite things to do was to drink enough that we could get her to dance. I loved watching her dance. We’re not friends anymore—leaving college has a way of doing that, but it’s something that will always stick with me, and still shows up in my poetry.  

But perhaps the strangest connection we have is that Ries and I have the very Irish last name of “Murphy” and neither one of us are Irish. Ries was adopted from Paraguay by an Irish Catholic woman. I’m mostly Northern European. My grandma has hereditary ties to the UK, but those are likely English and/or Scottish, not Irish. So I have dubbed our clan “The Non-Irish Murphys.” I have been told that Ries’ very seriously Irish family does not find that humorous, but I only have three jokes and that’s one of them, so I’m not about to give it up.

Anyway, despite not being Irish, I feel like we are often attracted to Irish things, and the video I’m sharing is one of my favorites. 

Ries stumbled on Myles O’Reilly’s YouTube channel probably around a year ago. O’Reilly is a music documentarian, and we absolutely love his videos. If you take a look at his YouTube channel, you’ll find a number of beautifully made videos featuring Irish musicians that range from Glen Hansard (who Americans may know from the film Once ) and Lisa Hannigan (who previously paired with Damien Rice, and more recently voice acted and sang for the animated film  Song of the Seaalso a family favorite) to newer artists that don’t have much of an online presence. In addition to his YouTube channel, he also features full length videos on his personal website,  Arbutus Yarns.

The video I’m sharing today is one of my favorite artists from Myles’ videos, Anna Mieke. Anna is planning to release her first album this spring, and if you like this video, make sure to check out her webite for more music. 

Happy listening! 



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