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Abigail (Tomhas Ghobnatan)

by Emma Langford



Abigail (Tomhas Ghobnatan) is a non-sacred prayer to Irish goddess, Gobnait. It is written in the form of a love song, in honour of someone who embodies all the values of the goddess: kindness, forgiveness, healing, generosity. It celebrates divine feminine energy, and was recorded in the world-famous Grouse Lodge by an all-female band.


Her measure is forgiving, she won’t judge me on the past
She will take me as I’m given, and the choices I made last
And when I go to her in trouble, she’ll take me in her arms no questions asked

My Abigail
My Deborah
My cause of joy and light

Her measure is a healing, she is shelter from the rain
She is water for the grass that grows / A balm to soothe the pain
And when I return from far away, she takes me in her loving arms again

She tells me tie a ribbon round and hold it to my heart
She’ll ease me of my sorrow and we’ll promise not to part
And I’ll make another pilgrimage tomorrow to her side
Before throwing sail back to the sea of night

My Abigail
My Deborah
My cause of joy and light


released February 3, 2023
Lyrics & Melody: Emma Langford
Music: Emma Langford & Hannah Nic Gearailt
Vocals: Emma Langford
Keys: Hannah Nic Gearailt
Drums: Clare Martyn
Violin: Lucia MacPartlin
Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Heather Nash
Electric Bass: Ailbhe Dunne

Recorded in Grouse Lodge, Westmeath, by Alex Borwick
Produced by Alex Borwick

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland via project funding awarded to Gary Ó Nualláin

Artwork: Ciaraíoch


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Emma is a Limerick-based songwriter with strong folk, traditional influences that shine through her work


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