The traditional Appalachian song “Down in the River to Pray” is well-known, especially since the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” popularised it. Originally composed as “The Good Old Way” it is attributed to a George H. Allan in the contents section of a song book of 1867 “Slave Songs of the United States”.

Yet, its true composer remains a mystery, at least in some measure. Research indicates the song was written by slaves in the 19th Century who worked in the fields. Other people believe it was perhaps a derivative of a native American tribal song that was adapted with Christian lyrics.

Anyway, here it is in Gaelic, sung by Mary Ann Kennedy and friends. apologies for the cheesy graphics.