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Funeral Music

Funeral Music

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
– Plato

If you are viewing this page due to a bereavement, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time. On this page, I endeavour to make choosing funeral music as easy as possible, to try to take away some of the stress at such a delicate time.

For a number of years, I have been providing music for funerals and memorial services in Limerick and surrounding areas. As a funeral singer, I perform a selection of heart-felt songs and instrumentals, together with your choice of harp or piano accompaniment. Solo Irish harp music for funerals is also an option that I have provided in the past. 

I do what I can to offer support for music planning during this time, whether that means selecting some beautiful hymns for you, or working with your own requests at short notice. I can download and play a recording of any song through my sound system, should there be a particular version of a song that is significant to you or your loved ones.

Outlined below is a selection of suggested hymns, secular songs, and instrumentals, to help you to choose appropriate music. This is based on music and hymns for the Irish Catholic funeral mass, though I am available for any other type of funeral or memorial. If you would like to book me to sing or play at a funeral in or near Limerick, contact me for a same-day reply, or ask your funeral director to contact me. 

Recordings

Testimonial

"On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for singing at my uncle’s funeral and doing such a great job at such short notice and also helping us with everything we asked for. I cannot credit you enough for how amazing you sang that morning, from start to the end, especially with the songs we chose, they can be tough ones, particularly Time To Say Goodbye. That was amazing and sang so effortlessly. ’Wow’ is all I can say. I still have people coming up to me asking me about you and remarking how great you were. You made myself and my family’s job a lot easier and we will be recommending highly. Thank you and I hope we get to meet you again on a happier occasion."
funeral music
Review by Edel
Limerick, 2019

Music for the Funeral Mass

Entrance Music / Opening Hymn

Amazing Grace

Christ Be Beside Me

Be Thou My Vision 🎵

Bí Íosa Im Croise

Here I Am, Lord 

Morning Has Broken

Queen of the May

The Lord’s My Shepherd (traditional version by Irvine)

The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend)

There Is A Place (Liam Lawton)

You Are Mine 🎵

 
Responsorial Psalm

Be Thou My Vision 🎵

Here I Am, Lord

Hiding Place

Mo Ghrá Thú 🎵

On Eagle’s Wings 🎵

The Clouds Veil 🎵

 
Gospel Acclamation

‘Alleluia’ to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah melody

Celtic Alleluia 

Seinn Alleluia

‘Alleluia’ from Mo ghrá-sa, mo Dhia

Praise and honour to You, Lord Jesus Christ (during Lent)

 
Offertory

A Mhuire Mhatháir

Ag Críost an Siol 🎵

Amazing Grace

As I Kneel Before You

Be Still For The Presence of the Lord

Jesus, Remember Me

Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)

 
Sign of Peace

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

May The Peace Of The Lord Be With You

May The Road Rise To Meet You (Lori True) 🎵

An Irish air (various instrumentals are available)

 
Communion (usually 2-3 songs)

Amazing Grace

Angel (In the Arms of an Angel)

As I Kneel Before You

Ave Maria (Schubert) 🎵

Be Not Afraid 🎵

Be Still My Soul

Bright Blue Rose

Here I Am, Lord

I Watch The Sunrise

Nella Fantasia 🎵

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

The Clouds Veil 🎵

The Deer’s Cry (I Arise Today)

The Prayer 🎵

The Rose

The Voyage 🎵

The Water Is Wide

There Is A Place (Liam Lawton)

Voice Of An Angel 🎵

You Are Mine 🎵

You Raise Me Up 🎵

 
Recessionals & other songs (song or instrumental)

Abide With Me

Amazing Grace

Angel (In the Arms of an Angel)

Bring Him Home – instrumental

Come Away With Me (Nora Jones)

Everglow (Coldplay)

Fields of Gold 🎵

Gabriel’s Oboe

Going Home

Golden Slumbers

Here Comes The Sun

How Great Thou Art

I Will Love You Ev’ry Time

Imagine

In My Life

Jealous Of The Angels 🎵

May It Be (Enya)

May The Road Rise To Meet You (Lori True) 🎵

Nearer My God To Thee

Nella Fantasia 🎵

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Queen of the May

Remember Me (Christy Hennessy)

Songbird 🎵

Steal Away

The Rose

The Voyage 🎵

Time To Say Goodbye

When You Were Sweet Sixteen

Wind Beneath My Wings

You Raise Me Up 🎵

 
Various Instrumentals

I Giorni (by Ludovico Einaudi) 🎵

The Rivers Flows In You

Various beautiful slow airs are available, e.g., Inisheer, Wild Mountain Thyme, Eleanor Plunkett, etc.

An instrumental version of a hymn

 
Other Hymns/Songs (the following songs are not available with harp)

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Ev’ry Day of My Life (Bobby Vinton)

Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

Over The Rainbow, Eva Cassidy version

Panis Angelicus

Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)

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