12. Óró Stór (song & single reels)

Óró Stór (dance song)
The Knocknaboul (single reel)

Single Reels are fast dance tunes in 2/4 time often now mistakenly called “polkas” because of a similarity in tempo. They are often called “Dancing Master Reels” because they were the first tunes you danced to when you began to learn Irish dancing. They carry a lot of dance-song texts in Irish and this is one from the collection of the great 19th century antiquarian George Petrie from his Ancient Music of Ireland 1855.

This is followed by The Knockaboul, a rousing single reel or “Kerry polka” from the set-dancing tradition of that county.

Is deas an buachaill Paidín,
Lá aonaigh nó lá margaidh
‘S ní deise ná lá Márta,
Ar thaobh a bháidín iomartha.

Is óró stór, a stóirín,
Is óró stór, a’ dtiocfaidh tú?
Is óró stór, a stóirín,
A chúilín óir, a’ dtiocfaidh tú?

Dúirt sé is dúirt sé.
Is dúirt sé go dtiocfadh sé;
A léine bhí gan smúdáil,
Is siúd an ní do choinnibh é.

…A stocaí bhí gan úrú,
Is siúd an ní do choinnibh é.

…Ach  carraig i mBéal Boirne
Do buaileadh insa mullach air.

…Ach poll do bí ‘n a bhríste
Is d’ith an cat a chomaise.

…Mura dtí sé an lá ‘ gheall sé,
Go mbáitear insa churach é.