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Todays Selection: Róisín Dubh
(see also My little Dark Rose; My Dark Rosaleen;
Little Black Haired Rose……)

Listen to Todays Song Video on:
You Tube: http://youtu.be/QluEaKQGNoM
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iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/roisin-dubh-my-little-black/id299626242?i=116657108

Background
This old tune has been tied by some back to the 16th century
and Red Hugh O’Donnell. It is said to represent both a
lament for the love of a woman and the loss of Ireland
herself.

Universal Appeal
Well known in all 4 provinces of Ireland, various lyrics
and singing styles have been used for this song. The
style I use when singing this song, is in the tradition
of Joe Heaney of Galway. (The Blackbird family version
or style.)

A Personal Note
For me it brings to mind the great loss of Irish life
and culture in the 17th century. The flight of the
Earls, the Battle of the Boyne, The Treaty of Limerick,
Cromwell, and the mass exodus of tens of thousands
to the continent. This helps explain the many who are
tracing Irish ancestors in Europe today.

Here are the relatively abbreviated lyrics:

Róisín Dubh lyrics
A Róisín ná bíodh brón ort ná cás anois
Tá do phardún ón bPápa ón Róimh uile
Tá na bráithrí thar sáile le cabhrú linn
Ná ceiligí fíon Spáinneach ar mo Róisín Dubh.

Beidh an Éirne na tonna tréana s beidh an spéir ina fuil
Beidh na bráithrí thar sáile le cabhrú linn
Beidh gach gleann sliabh ar fud Éireann is móin ar crith
Lá éigin sula n-éaga mo Róisín Dubh.
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hundreds of articles. O’Laughlin also publishes rare
works like ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters';
and ‘Missouri Irish’ (60 works in all, since 1978). His
personal library of 3,000 history and genealogy books
is consulted daily. See his works at www.Irishroots.com

Song
Mike sings in Irish, Sean Nós style, in the house band
for the Irish Roots Cafe, ‘Sean Nós Abú’. They now rank
#1 in the U.S. on Reverbnation as a Celtic band.
Traditional Songs are sung in both Irish and English
language by this talented band of acoustic enthusiasts.
Session performances are informal, in the Sean Nós tradition.
see more: http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe

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