Tales of Blood and Earth

M’ANAM came together in 2018 and released their debut album just before lockdown. Singing songs inspired by the natural landscapes around them, the men of M’ANAM have created a sound-world for our modern times using the words of those long dead including the Viking eulogy “Deyr Fé” and the 9th century Irish author of “Bitter Wind”. M’ANAM is redefining the accepted ideas of men’s ensemble singing with a natural and unforced sound. The name M’ANAM translates from the Irish language as “my soul”.

M’ANAM: Tales of Blood and Earth is an exploration of the formation and ethos of the group featuring interviews in Ireland and Iceland with live footage taken from their final full concert just before lockdown. The film explores the relationships between the men and their music and shows the group at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin working on their début album.

Runtime 57 minutes


Artistic Director Michael McGlynn

In Association with
Videography Nejc Rudel & Michael McGlynn
Production and Editing Michael McGlynn
Sound Recording & Mastering Brian Masterson
Sound Editing Michael McGlynn

Iceland Interview Videography Ármann Hákon Gunnarsson
Iceland Unit Producer Margrét Pálsdóttir
Climbing Footage Sigurður Bjarni Sveinsson

Concert Production & Design Philip Barkhudarov
Concert Lighting Thom van Steekelenburg

All music composed and arranged by Michael McGlynn except
“M’ANAM” – words & music McGlynn
“The Hound’s Cry” – composed McGlynn/O’Donnell
“The Sheep Stealer” – arranged McGlynn/Cahillane

Concert Recorded at Saint Bartholomew’s Church Dublin November 2019


Andrew Dempsey, Bjarni Guðmundsson, Cian O’Donnell, Daithí Ó Nuanáin, Fergus Cahillane, Francis Flood, Gavin Brennan, George Hutton, Jan Kuhar, Nejc Rudel, Patrick McGinley, Pétur Oddbergur Heimisson, Philip Barkhudarov, Ryan Garnham, Zach Trouton