Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers


Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers

Sean No's means "Old Style". For the unaccompanied singers of Traditional Irish Music in Gaeilge or English. Discussions, tips, references, schools/lessons, major influences, various styles, etc. Also, Scottish Gaelic and Mouth music.

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Latest Activity: Jan 28

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Learning Sean Nos Singing: Teachers & Classes

Started by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez. Last reply by Sheila M. Hogg Jun 28, 2016. 7 Replies

Some of you have had the opportunity to attend classes/workshops or secure a teacher for learning Sean Nos singing. With many different regional styles to choose from, what have your experiences been like (easy, difficult, limiting, eye opening,…Continue

Language and Song

Started by Michael Perigoe. Last reply by Bas ten Asbroek Jul 18, 2015. 4 Replies

How important is the understanding of a language to one's singing? I think this could be an interesting discussion in the context of Sean Nós and other types of song in Ireland.Continue

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Comment by Mike O'Laughlin on January 28, 2017 at 2:37

Take a look at our first beginners session, with introductions, songs and dances.  Starting with a wider view of things as we have our first practice !  Would be great to grow this into our 2nd sean nós gathering....

Comment by Jan van der Klei on January 7, 2017 at 11:16

Ï'm very interested. sadly here in the Netherlands there are not many like minded people. i've just spend four weeks in Ireland, County Clare and County Galway mainly, and I had a great time there the singing is really popular there and they've got some great singers. i think I'll have to move over to Erin's green isle for good!

Comment by David Wood on January 4, 2017 at 17:13

I'd be interested, depending on the dates.

Comment by Mike O'Laughlin on January 4, 2017 at 17:11

Hello David.  The Irish Roots Cafe put together a small sean nós song and dance gathering a few years back.  Several pubs agreed to host our events over the weekend (Browne's; Celtic Ranch; Folk Alliance; Conroys; etc..).  Had group leaders to assist with song or dance development.  Held sessions for old style song and dance, everyone had the chance to sing/dance old style.  Most were new to the idea and enjoyed it.  Thought we might reach out to everyone to enjoy such an event.  Last one had a total audience of about 200.

That's the background.  Gives a chance for all kinds of folks to perform or just enjoy the activity.... Here is a promo flier from the first event...

Comment by David Wood on January 4, 2017 at 16:50

What do you have in mind, Mike? (btw, I'm just West of you a couple of hours in Manhattan, KS.)

Comment by Mike O'Laughlin on January 4, 2017 at 16:48

Anyone here interested in joining a gathering of Irish sean nós and trad singers, to practice and/or learn the art in an informal setting ?  (Free)

I notice this group has been awfully quiet for a while !  Just a thought to see who is left!

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on June 27, 2016 at 16:01

Cead Mile Failte, Lorcan. As you being a member of TC since 2012, I am very happy you finally decided to join our group. Go raibh maith agat.

I was excited to check out your extensive profile page and look forward to hear/read more from you. Explore our pages, discussions, posts and members (click on any icon to see who's who in our group). I am hoping your input might ignite more interest in this wonderful group of dedicated individuals. Again, welcome. Slan go foil.


Comment by Sheila M. Hogg on May 18, 2016 at 20:37

You're in RI, Danny? Nach beag an domhain é!


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 18, 2016 at 17:56

Welcome Sheila, my fellow Rhodey. Thanks for deciding to join our group. Please take the time to explore our pages, and by all means participate by leaving a word or two about yourself, your music, your ideas on Voice. Like you, I agree that the Voice IS an instrument. Why not start a discussion on that. I would participate.

I look forward to hearing/reading from you soon. Enjoy your time with us. Cheers,


Comment by Mike O'Laughlin on November 5, 2015 at 16:40

I've seen several references in older works noting sean nós song as being 'non-modal'.  I would think sean nós would be off in a world of its own... anyone have a better understanding of the usage of the word 'modal' / 'non-modal' in the musical sense ? i.e. outside the confines of a modern scale perhaps ?



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