“A Gift For You, Too” Saibhrean Work Song (Sea Shanty)

On the decks of the merchant vessels, workers sing songs without lute or mandolin. The work songs of the Saibhrean sailors still are something to behold, even though they are primarily functional and not enjoyed in an entertainment setting on the isles themselves. The songs are sung in a "call and response" format, where one strong voice, typically the crew foreman, sings the "call" portion. The rest of the crew responds with their voices in unison forming the chorus. The chanting's rhythmic nature allows the crew to work in synchronized fashion. Here is but one of the many work songs (sea shanties) of the sailors of the Saibhrean Isles.