Mike O'Laughlin
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Mike O'Laughlin liked Mike O'Laughlin's event American Sean Nós Song; program and mini-session
Jul 8, 2019
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American sean nós, Irish old style song in Irish and English, session and exhibit

©2019 Irish Roots Cafe. All sound and video is either used with permission; in the public domain; or property of The Irish Roots Cafe. False copyright claims...
Jun 7, 2019
Michael Collier liked Mike O'Laughlin's event American Sean Nós Song; program and mini-session
May 17, 2019
Mike O'Laughlin commented on Dhomhnaill A. Lopez's group Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers
"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…"
May 17, 2019
Mike O'Laughlin posted an event

American Sean Nós Song; program and mini-session at Coffman Park, Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival

August 3, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Irish old style 'sean nos' song: poster exhibit, workshop, and mini-session. (if you've got one, sing one).  Hosted by Mike O'Laughlin of the Irish Roots Cafe. Designed for beginners and those interested in this old style form of song.  (to start we can use phonetics for lyrics too).You do not have to be experienced in singing, or in the Irish language to begin.  Learn an easy Irish chorus or two while you're here, if you wish.   Not a competition, but a friendly sharing of interest in this art…See More
May 17, 2019

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Sing sean nós & Traditional Song, in Irish (gaeilge) & English; Bodhran.
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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 18:46 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

It's been so many years, Mike, "It's all Greek to me." LOL Still manage to get along pretty well in German, however. 



At 17:52 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Although it's been nearly 40 years, I remember Bellarmine very well! (I took Greek 101 there one summer in graduate school.) Am looking forward to listening to more of your postings on Trad!



At 13:18 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Slainte Mhaith, Mike. Thanks for writing back so quickly! I cannot help it; I have fallen in love with Ireland and the Irish! Several years ago, I dated (off and on) a lady from Waterford. Nothing serious, but we became extremely good friends. It became interesdting because I live in Fredericksburg VA, and she was a great grand-niece of General Thomas Meagher, commanding officer of the Civil War Irish Brigade. (I live in the center of the battlefield here at Fredericksburg, where the brigade performed legendary service in December of 1862. )

I see you with a guitar. I have played strings almost all of my life. Currently, I have 2 Martin guitars, a Taylor, and a 1977 vintage Gibson banjo. I am also in love with acoustic stringed instruments. If I weren't so old, I'd like to take up fiddle and bouzouki! LOL

I see you are from the KC area. One of my colleagues in broadcasting in Louisville left to to to a KC television station (many years ago.) His name was Stacy Smith. (Did you ever see him on the tube?)

Looking forward to more sharing of things Irish (especially music.)


Dave Siler


At 2:27 on January 9, 2018, Dave Siler said…

Mike, good day to you. I have followed Irish Music since 1959 when I first saw Tommy Makem and he Clancy Bros while watching Ed Sullivan on telly. (I was 11 y.o.) I have been fascinated by all things Irish these last 59 years, have played trad music on banjo and guitar all this time, and plan to take up fiddle next. Favorite groups are the Clancy's, Dubliners, Wolfe Tones, Patrick Street, Chieftains, and  Irish Roves. I was able to meet Liam Clancy before he died, and he gave me a signed copy of his autobiography. (After we shared a pint.!)

I think Irish music is the most beautiful music anywhere, and now that I am retired, I play it several hours each day. I look forward o hearing more of your postings and appreciate the opportunity to meet you.


Dave Siler

Fredericksburg VA

At 3:10 on February 28, 2017, Suzanne spinelli said…

It was fun to watch :D I have been watching the others too :)  Have a great day!!!

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,


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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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