Boat Song

from Madagoan by Madagán & Divya Naik

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This beautiful composition is a part of 'Jagor' , the very famous Goan folk tradition. Jagor is a night celebrated in the temple followed by plays, songs and acts.

This song is a part of the Jagor story where the newly-wedded bride wishes to meet her parents. She leaves for her home, but she has to cross the river and so she calles the boatman.

The boatman arrives and explains her all the hurdles and also ensures to drop her safe at the other side of the river.


There are strange tides in the moonrise
As we chance our course o'er the foam
Our salt-cracked call is for the landfall
And the voices and hearths of home.


from Madagoan, released November 6, 2019
Trad. Arr. Madagán & Divya Naik. English lyrics by Jason O'Rourke, Irish Lyrics by Maria Rafferty. Counter melody by Clair McGreevy.

Clair McGreevy: Guitar, Vocals.
Divya Naik: Vocals.
Jason O'Rourke: Ab/Eb Concertina.
Stephen Porter: Whistle.
Maria Rafferty, Vocals.

Shubham Gawande: Kasale, Dhol.
Parshuram Majalekar: Shamel.
Saheel Naik: Ghumat.
Shubham Naik: Ghumat.
Sujay Naik: Tasso.


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Madagán Belfast, UK

Madagán take their name from Beann Mhadagáin , the iconic mountain that overlooks their home city of Belfast. Performing on concertina, uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, flute and sumptuous harmony vocals, the music of this dynamic four-piece is driven by Belfast’s thriving music scene.

Divya Naik is one of Goa's most promising emerging artists. Kingfisher voice of Goa in 2015
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