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 Michele McCormack Sep 9, 2019. 8 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 Cliff Abrams on September 9, 2019 at 20:57

I'll be at the Frank Harte Fest in Dublin 20-22 September. Anyone else?

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on September 9, 2019 at 19:46

A hearty welcome to or newest member, hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Michele McCormack. You are a breath of fresh air. This site/group needs some new discussions. It seems members get busy and don't visit as much as they used to. Although I have no direct experience in international competitions I found that your latest posted discussion piqued my interest. Some folks that I know that do compete have not had anything negative to report. If anything, they thoroughly enjoyed the experiences and comraderies developed. Being "slotted" as a foreign participant may have both good and not-so-good aspects,....depending upon "who" is doing the asking and "why". Anyway, glad to have you on board. One member you should contact is the fantastic Mike O'Laughlin (see previous comment on COMMENT WALL below). Just click on his name and post a comment to his personal COMMENT WALL. He has been a consistent participant in this group. Also, explore ALL the stuff here in our group pages. Go back to the beginning of our COMMENT WALL. There's stuff in there that you may find interesting and informative. Again, welcome. hope to hear/read more from you. Cheers,


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,



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