The Song’s Story – Bean Pháidín

In this lesson you’ll learn the history and story behind Bean Pháidín.

The song Bean Pháidín is the story of a woman who desperately hopes that a man she likes will lose his wife so that she can marry him herself. You will hear during the song that the lady wishes for horrible injuries to occur to Páidín’s wife. The style of singing is called sean nós, which means old style. The song is commonly found in the Connemara region of County Galway in the west of Ireland.

It’s a really fun song to learn and sing and will bring life to any party!

You will learn the whole story as we go through each line of the song with an English translation.