Benjamin - Óró

This short recording is my tentative experiment with recording myself on my terrible headset microphone and layering the recordings in the free software Audacity. It pulls lyrics from two traditional Irish songs, both of which share the same tune: Óró, Sé Do Bheatha ’Bhaile, and Oro Oro. The origin of the first song, Óró, Sé Do Bheatha ’Bhaile, is not known, but it gained most of its popularity as an Irish rebel song during the Easter Rising. Its chorus (“Óró, sé do bheatha ’bhaile x3 / anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh”) means roughly, “Oro, welcome home x3 / now that summer’s coming,” where “oro” is a greeting or hailing. The second song, Oro Oro, was created from the first by Irish Travellers as they migrated from Ireland to America to flee the Great Famine. Its lyrics were adapted to include more English and to describe the chief challenge the Travellers faced in America: finding work.