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Irish Song The Irish Roots Cafe

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

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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

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.

About Mike O’Laughlin and the Cafe:
The most published author in his field. 
Mike is a one of a kind resource. He has authored
12 hardbound books; 34 Irish County research guides,
20 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series’, and
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

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:

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Family Tree Charts… (not really)
Well, it’s a little bit more than that if you
are truly tracing your family heritage.
Todays blog covers our informal ‘school’
of music here, which grew out of our
genealogy programs.

Who were your ancestors?
How did they entertain themselves,
and how did they sing ? This is
before the coming of Danny Boy,
and the Irish National Anthem.

Sean Nós
Sean Nós is not a persons name,
nor is it the leader of our band.
Sean Nós means ‘old style’ in the
Irish language. It often refers to
ways of song and dance from the
old days, before the conquest of
Ireland, say in the 1600’s.

In Irish
In its pure form, Sean Nós song
is sung in the old language, which
is Irish, of course. It is also sung
in the old way, which means it is
not an English ballad with Irish words..
It has a feel all of its own. This was
the way your ancestors might have
sung, or what they might have listened
It is usually sung solo, in a raw format,
with great latitude given to the singer.
As you might figure, different areas of
the country sang the same song – but

Our Efforts
Here is where we are, in sort of a year
end report on our efforts to understand
our forefathers way of song !

1) On You Tube
(This Link includes our genealogy shows too.)
We have some basic practice songs on
YouTube in very rough form including
more modern tunes. ( user ID: mickthebridge)
(This Link includes our genealogy shows too.)

2) Click here for our band on Reverbnation.
We are 7th in the U.S. and 14th in the world
in the ‘Celtic’ category (somehow!).
We include many Irish language songs, some
done in the old style, hence our name is:
Sean Nós Abu ! Do click the fan buttons if you like….
and we are available for performances and some
information on each band member is included.

3) Click here for our Song and Recitation Podcast
We have several seasons complete, including
old songs all the way up to Tin Pan Alley tunes,
all for free !

4) Click Here for our Sean Nós band page monthly notes, in progress.

5) Our Irish Song and Recitation Hedge School CD set
It is sort of a ‘best of’ compilation of our songs
over the last few years, including Sean Nós.

6) On Facebook
Our Facebook Song Page is Sean Nós Abu !
Please click above and do stop by an check
it out or ‘like it’.

7) Our first book on Irish Song and
Songwriters, along with many lyrics and
some of the background to the songs,
click above to open a link to its page.

Thank You
I appreciate all your help, and wanted
to share with you, some of the unexpected
benefits of tracing your family heritage…
The song links above are all free !
(memberships appreciated)

p.s. Our band page at Reverbnation is below:


  New Irish Language Song, Sean Nós group
  We have singers who specialize in Sean Nós Song,
  as well Irish Ballads in the English Language.
  Check out our band page on Reverbnation
  by clicking the picture on the left !

   Our ‘band’ name is set up as ‘Sean Nós Abu’
   Sean Nós means ‘old style’. Abu is a war cry !
   Listen to hedge school songs for free.

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