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In 1987, after many years of searching for a physical voice for his music, composer Michael McGlynn founded Anúna in Dublin, Ireland. Anúna is a choral instrument that explores the stories of ordinary people, saints and scholars, exposing the strengths and frailties of our humanity. Within the songs are universal stories that are told using the words, philosophy and mythology of Ireland and beyond. Although the group's repertoire encompasses songs from diverse cultures – Anúna sings in many languages – the tales they tell are unified by one idea: to explore the link between our humanity and the natural world.
The name Anúna is derived from the Gaelic term An Uaithne, which is the collective description for the three ancient forms of Irish music. These were the Goltraí (song of lament), Geantraí (song of joy) and Suantraí (the lullaby). The term An Uaithne can be translated from the Irish language as "a concordance of sound" – a coming together of voices with one focus and intent.