Mike O'Laughlin
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  • Kansas City, MO
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  • Kiki Hanishina
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  • Michael Collier
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  • Jan van der Klei
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  • Chuck Donnelly
  • Rhiannon Lawson
  • Evyn Koyama
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Mike O'Laughlin commented on Dhomhnaill A. Lopez's group Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers
"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…"
Nov 5, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin and Kiki Hanishina are now friends
Oct 22, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin commented on Mike O'Laughlin's video

Rosin the Bow (Beau)

"Good to hear from you Charlie, and thanks !"
Sep 8, 2015
Charlie Pitchard commented on Mike O'Laughlin's video

Rosin the Bow (Beau)

"Very nice.  My wife and I play this on fiddle.  Good tune."
Sep 8, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a photo

Mikes 3rd album: Ireland by land and sea, CDs now arrived.

Songs included: Irish National Anthem; Rosin the Bow; Low Backed Car; Oh Death; No Irish Need Apply; Far Away in Australia
Sep 1, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin left a comment for Laura MacKenzie
"Welcome Laura, from a member of the sean nós song group ! "
Jul 8, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a video

KC Scottish Highland games p4, Irish National Anthems.....

The Irish Roots Cafe finishes up the first day at the games, with tunes and songs including Oró Sé; and the Irish National Anthem in Irish and English. (Play...
Jun 15, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a photo

Irish Roots Cafe logo wall graffiti

In preparation for our upcoming performance !
Jun 12, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin commented on Kiki Hanishina's video

sommer garden

"Good for you Kiki... let's hear more of your voice next time ! "
Jun 12, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin liked Kiki Hanishina's video
Jun 12, 2015
Kiki Hanishina left a comment for Mike O'Laughlin
"How are you? It has been a long time from my last message. I uploaded my original song to youtube. Would you please watch the video? And I'm very happy if you tell me your impressions about my…"
Jun 6, 2015
Kiki Hanishina liked Mike O'Laughlin's profile
Jun 4, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a video

Raggle Taggle Gypsy O - Irish Old Style

A traditional song sung in Ireland for generations. Performed here at the Irish Roots Cafe backstage, with Mike O'Laughlin. The Lady leaves her position and ...
May 21, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin commented on Dhomhnaill A. Lopez's group Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers
"Thanks, Dhomhnaill.  A little bit of a different style for me, fun cobbling it together using the newer garage band software.  My first cut, hope I get the time soon to finalize it.  As for yourself, get some simple software and get…"
May 13, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a tune/song

 play Raggle taggle gypsy - 5_12_15, 2.27 PM

May 12, 2015
Mike O'Laughlin posted a video

20 songs in Irish (gaeilge) after 5 years ! Sean Nós & trad

For the first time in 2000 years my family could no longer communicate in Irish. So, I decided to learn to sing in Irish (gaeilge), best as I could. Five yea...
Apr 12, 2015

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Kansas City
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What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Sing sean nós & Traditional Song, in Irish (gaeilge) & English; Bodhran.
What level are you at ?
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The Irish Roots Cafe house band performs song shows in Irish and in English language. We'll be at the Dublin, OH. Irish festival (Aug. 1 - 2); the Riverside, Missouri (K.C.) Highland Games (June 14 - 15); and at Brownes Irish Marketplace Street Faire (June 21) live this year. We also broadcast live streaming video via ConcertWindow.
Host of Irish Song and Recitation podcast at the Irish Roots Cafe, with focus on traditional and Sean Nos song. Our hedge school also has focus on Irish Language; History; and Genealogy.
My genealogy books, and podcasts are at: www.Irishroots.com

Band Page on RN: http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe

Facebook band page: https://www.facebook.com/IrishRootsCafeBand

Facebook Sean Nós Old style song page:

My Mobile web page: http://m.irishroots.com/

Our YouTube pages with Song and Genealogy videos:

New Irish Language Song, Sean Nós group.

Our focus is on 'Sean Nós' and traditional Irish Song,

as well Irish Ballads in the English Language.


The Irish Roots Cafe house band !

In its purest form, Sean Nós is sung solo, in the Irish Language,

with a raw, unprocessed sound, and learned as part of an

oral tradition.


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At 23:49 on June 6, 2015, Kiki Hanishina said…

How are you? It has been a long time from my last message. I uploaded my original song to youtube.

Would you please watch the video? And I'm very happy if you tell me your impressions about my music.


I've made many original songs and sang many Irish songs I love playing the piano.

Thank you for reading my comment. Please have a nice weekend.

Then, see you soon!

Kiki Hanishina

At 18:50 on February 5, 2015, Sailí Ní Dhroighneáin said…

Thanks a million Mike!

At 18:34 on August 5, 2014, Kiki Hanishina said…
Thank you for your message! I"m happy to see it. We don't have video yet.Sorry!
At 10:09 on May 28, 2014, Chuck Donnelly said…

Hope you can make it to Bar Harbor some time for the  festival week.

At 11:34 on December 30, 2013, Dhomhnaill A. Lopez said…

Hey Mike!!! Loved your "Skibbereen" posting. As always,...very nicely done, with a tinge of "emotional haunting". Hope your holidays are going well (so far) and will continue to do so throughout the New Year and beyond. Cheers & Good Health to You,


At 18:48 on July 22, 2013, Jan van der Klei said…

Glad to be here, hope I get some pointers for new songs to sing at our local club.

At 0:08 on March 31, 2013, Rhiannon Lawson said…

Thank you for your warm welcome Mike! I look forward to making a new friend :)

At 22:45 on December 12, 2012, Colleen Raney said…

Thanks for the note, Mike.  I think I sorted out how to join the group... we'll see!  Nice to make your acquaintance!

At 20:07 on December 12, 2012, Tony Lawless said…

Nice song you just loaded up there Mike. Sounds great. T

At 2:38 on December 11, 2012, Maria Morton said…

Appreciate the invite, Mike!

Mike O'Laughlin's Blog

The Sean Nós Gathering, Kansas USA, April 23 - 25. ( Song, Dance, Music )

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 20:30 3 Comments

Starting tomorrow 23rd April we are launching the first event of it's kind in the Kansas City Area.  A 4 day mini- festival with old style and sean nós dance instruction;  Sean nós and trad song; and musicians sessions.  The sessions and lessons are open, public and free, and beginners are most welcome...

Five locations are involved.  Weds. at…


Irish Sean Nós Gathering of Traditional Singers; Dancers; Musicians 2014

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 19:00 0 Comments

Come April 25, this year, there will be a gathering of sean nós singers, dancers, musicians, listeners, enthusiasts and fans.  It is a peoples movement, intended to introduce many folks to the 'old style'.  In fact, most people in the Heart of America do not know what 'sean nós' is.  We are going to change that, on a zero budget, with real life…


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