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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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 May 17, 2019 at 15:55

American Sean Nós presentation, workshop and mini-session, Aug 3, 2019 at the Dublin Irish Festival, Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio.  Created for beginners and those interested in the ancient art of Irish Song !  Hosted by Mike O'Laughlin.

It's about the song, not the singer.  Not a competition but a friendly sharing of interests.  At the music workshop tent at 3:00.  The Dublin Irish Festival is a national venue and a great place to meet up.  A great way to show support for sean nós as well...

Comment by Mike O'Laughlin on March 29, 2019 at 19:29

I'll be putting on an American Sean Nós Song presentation/session at the Celtic Roots Festival in Lawrence, Kansas, at the historic Union Pacific Depot on April 6.

Sean nós song session runs from 3:00-4:00 (beginners welcome)


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on April 11, 2018 at 16:17

Hey Cliff. I gave a quick listen to the Red Knickers link that you posted. I'm getting ready to head on out now, but will give another listen when I return. I see what Shawn means about the "lilting" runs. Thanks to you both we now have another song to share. Slainte,


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on April 11, 2018 at 16:10

Hey Shawn. Glad you were able to accommodate Cliff's search for lyrics. Thanks for making the time. Cheers,


Comment by Shawn McBurnie on April 10, 2018 at 20:14

I've added words under Lyrics here. Hope they're helpful!

Comment by Cliff Abrams on April 10, 2018 at 19:44

Hi Shawn,

Yes, I know it's "blue", I heard it sung at a session in Ireland. It exists online

but many of the words are unknown/unintelligible—or both! I promise not to sing it in good company—of which I have none. Thanks for your help.

Comment by Shawn McBurnie on April 10, 2018 at 15:21

I only know of one recording of the song, sung unaccompanied by Liam Weldon (who gave us "Blue Tar Road" and "Dark Horse on the Wind" among other outstanding work) on 1691's only album, "Irish Folk Songs." I don't know if he wrote it but I wouldn't put it past him.

Much of it is lilting - "diddly-owten de rooten de dowten de la," "a rooten de rappity tay-rum" and such.

If need be I could come up with a fairly reliable set of words by ear, but fair warning, it does run blue.

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on April 10, 2018 at 14:18

Hey Cliff. Tried doing a search for the lyrics for "The Red Knickers". Came up with three playings: one was kind of a child's song about enjoying summer; another was a rap song that I figured wasn't it; the third was a bawdy sailor song, but was called the "Red Panties". Tried to gain access to the third to see if that might be it but was diverted by the search and couldn't get back to the original page. Oh well. A try beats a failure. Good luck on your search. Cheers,


Comment by Cliff Abrams on April 9, 2018 at 15:30

Looking for the words to "The Red Knickers" (Not for the easily-offended or faint of heart). Thanks.

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on April 9, 2018 at 13:34

Hey Mike. Good of you to drop by,....with gifts, no less. Can always count on you provide us with a bit o' news and entertainment. With the exception of "Jambalaya" (only because it was so unique and unexpected of your style), I thoroughly enjoyed your posting of

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy "Jambalaya", just threw me. Didn't expect that out of ye. Anyway, thanks, AGAIN, for your continued sharings of your endeavors. Slan go foil.



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