Who Really Discovered North America?
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?
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'
'Exceptionally well-written and very exciting'
'An epic that spans the centuries'
'An extraordinary explorer'
THE CD (TARACD 3006)
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'
'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.'
'Enthralling, momentous music, The Brendan
Voyage is a tremendously moving, even awesome piece of music
to hear performed live.'
'One couldn't help coming away elated
from the performance.'