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The Brendan Voyage


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Please note that The Brendan Voyage Book & CD boxset is no longer in production by Tara Music. However we are assured that a number of copies are still in stock with online retail stores such as Amazon.

The sixth-century voyage of St. Brendan to North America is the most fascinating of sea legends. Could the myth, of an Irish monk and his crew sailing across the Atlantic in a boat made of leather, nearly a thousand years before Columbus, have been reality?

The Brendan Voyage gift box-set is a unique item in the Tara catalogue. In addition to a copy of The Brendan Voyage CD it also contains a copy of Tim Severin's book 'The Brendan Voyage' upon which Shaun Davey based his music.  


In pursuit of a legend, Tim Severin staked the lives of himself and his four companions on following the exact methods used by the seafaring Irish monks in constructing and sailing their vessel from the West coast of Ireland across the Atlantic Ocean to Newfoundland. Persuasive proof of the validity of the Brendan myth, Severin's hazardous expedition remains a supreme testament to the resilience of the voyaging spirit in some of the most hostile conditions known to man.

This is the inspiring story of that epic journey

'One of the great sea-going adventure stories of modern times'
Sunday Times

'Exceptionally well-written and very exciting'
Nicholas Monsarrat, author of THE CRUEL SEA

'An epic that spans the centuries'
The Sunday Express

'An extraordinary explorer'

Hammond Innes, Guardian


The Brendan Voyage music is a suite for orchestra and Irish (uilleann) Pipes played by soloist Liam O'Flynn and based on the book by Tim Severin. The uilleann pipes represent the boat and carry the listener before the wind, through ferocious gales, over gigantic waves, through floating pillars of ice... evoking the journey from a small Kerry harbour to the Faroes, the cliffs of Mykines, to Iceland, the freezing waters of Labrador and finally, to safe harbour in Newfoundland.

'It isn't every day that an Uilleann Piper gets a standing ovation in London's Festival Hall, so the fifteen minute standing ovation was a rare occurrence indeed'
The Evening Herald

'This professional critic enjoyed the whole work for its nearly hour long duration with complete absorption.. (at the end) the whole audience rose immediately to its feet in applause.'
The Irish Times

'Enthralling, momentous music, The Brendan Voyage is a tremendously moving, even awesome piece of music to hear performed live.'
Belfast Telegraph

'One couldn't help coming away elated from the performance.'
Staten Island Advance, NY

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