www.Irishroots.com KC Irish Sean Nos Gathering
with Mike OLaughlin at the Irish Roots Cafe

Kansas City and Weston MO.
The First free, open, sean nos gathering of dance,
song and music takes place on 4 days
in 5 locations near Kansas City.  From
April 23 to 26, 2014. Get those details here
https://www.facebook.com/events/228534267319684/

Main Song Event Broadcast Live
Local singers of Song in Irish gaeilge, will gather
together on day three of the events, that day at Brownes
Irish Marketplace. Preceded there by Irish dance lessons
and sessions, followed by a tribute that evening
to Irish music revival of the 1980s in the area.

Song Segment
Some songs will be sean nos style, others will
be sean nos modernized, and others will
simply be songs in Irish, best we can.
The singers come from all walks of life, from
professional to folks who just wanted to sing
a song in Irish. It is time they were recognized
for supporting the Irish language and heritage.
There is an open call for singers in Irish.
The few, the proud, the brave, will be with us on
this 25th day of April.

Watch and listen on your computer
We will be broadcasting live from Brownes Irish Marketplace
that day, to people all over the world. All you need
is a computer to watch. It’s at 8 o’clock EDT, 7 oclock K.C. time.
We will be using a laptop to send it to you live.
There is no charge, and you can type in comments on
your computer that we can read while the show is going on.

How to watch and listen
To get a preview, register for the show, and have
them send you a reminder via email before it begins
go here
http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/4486-irish-old-style-gathering-at-the-irish-roots-cafe

It’s going to be fun, homespun and real enough.
Come along and enjoy the old style and gaeilge
song, in person or via your computer by clicking
the link above for ConcertWindow.com.

Irish Roots Cafe and house band
This gathering is sponsored by the Irish Roots Cafe
and house band. I have written and published books
on Irish genealogy for every county in Ireland and
then some, under the name of the Irish Roots Cafe
and Irish Genealogical Foundation.
Please help support my efforts by visiting our
Irish genealogy and Books page below
http://www.irishroots.com/index.php/books-we-publish-mainmenu-133

Mike OLaughlin
www.Irishroots.com
P.S. we’ve also made up 50 commemorative T Shirts for this event,
which will not last long I’m thinking…

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The Irish Roots Cafe www.Irishroots.com
Free 4 day Irish gathering first ever

To Go to the main event page for this event, click below.
https://www.facebook.com/events/228534267319684/

Our Irish old style gathering will last 4 days
Relatively few know of or perform sean nos or old style
song or dance in America. Even fewer are acquainted with
these older forms of Irish song and dance in the heart
of America. Well, we intend to change that, one person
at a time during 4 days in April. April 23, 24, 25, 26.
All individuals are welcome to listen, learn and perform.
The full itinerary is below.

The Old Style Dance facilitators
Michael and Nyssa will be flying in from Boston for
the sean nos and set dance. Michael has 30 years of
experience in Irish dance, in both Ireland and coast
to coast in America. They will be teaching and
dancing each day during the gathering in Kansas City
and Weston, Missouri. You can listen to his interview
from the event page at http://snd.sc/PvG2MZ

Locations
April 23 The Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO. 6 pm to 8…
Jam session. Micheal and Nyssa will teach. Free snacks
April 24 Conroys. music,song,dance, sessions 6 to 9
April 25 Browne’s Irish Marketplace K.C.MO. Five thirty to 9 oclock
dance instr., sean nos songs broadcast, 80s Irish music.
April 26 Session at Mikes Tavern, approx 3 to 6

Sean nos song, music, and dance instruction each day.
Streaming video songs broadcast April 25 at Brownes
Michael and Nyssa, our two dance facilitators daily
Irish Sean Nos old style dance and set dancing.
Sean Nos and Traditional Songs in Irish and English daily.
Irish Musician and Song sessions Weds, Thurs, Sat.
Talisman and Scartaglen interview and songs on 25th
Food and drink for a price at Conroys and Browne’s.
Free snacks at the Celtic Ranch.
All are welcome – it’s about the song not the singer

Dance Groups Past and Present
Dancers are invited to all events. We will print a one page history of your group in our program. Send it promptly
We honor old time local performers and dancers, from the Irish revival in the 1980s. I remember several at the KC Irish American Cultural Center in 1982, and starting the Clanna Eireann dancers, the bagpipe group…

Watch from anywhere in the world
We will broadcast sean nos Irish language songs live from Brownes starting at 7 pm Kansas City time, 6 EDT, after the dance segment. We will group sing Oro, Se do Bheatha Bhaile, to finish up the broadcast. You are invited to sing too. This is on Friday, March 25, for the song segment of that days event.

Your friends anywhere in the world can watch on Concert Window, 7 o’clock KC time. Register now and they will send you a notice in advance. It is under the name Irish Roots Cafe on Concert Window here
http://www.concertwindow.com/shows/4486-irish-old-style-gathering-at-the-irish-roots-cafe

Sponsored by
This program sponsored by the Irish Roots Cafe. The Irish Roots Cafe band performed the first all Irish language, song stage show in the midwest, and will be appearing at the upcoming Scottish Highland games this year, on Saturday and Sunday. Sponsors welcome in support of the Irish old style. contact mike@irishroots.com for more information.

Current Approved Facilitators
Michael Collier
I began set dancing and ceili dancing at the same time in 1982, from Larry Lynch in San Francisco for sets and from Terry O’Neal and others at the Starry Plough pub in Berkeley. I performed ceili style dancing in groups in the Bay Area through the 80s to 1993. I also taught ceili dancing at the Starry Plough for about 8 years. My set dancing experience includes classes with Larry 6 tours with Larry to join with local dancers in the west and south of Ireland learn their dances and experience dancing with them. I have attended set dancing classes at the Willie Clancy Summer School 14 times learning from older dancers from Clare, than later from Larry, and more recently older Cork and Kerry sets from Tim the Brit McCarthy. On trips to Ireland I continue to visit the pubs where the locals gather to do their sets. I have also learned a few Donegal couples dances in Glenn Colmcille in the southwest corner of Donegal.

In two years in southern California,1993 to 94, in Redlands about 60 miles east of LA, I gathered people at my house to teach set and ceili dancing and joined with the group there to put on a couple of larger ceilis.
In the Boston area, beginning in 1995, I have taken some set dance classes from local teachers. I participate in regular ceilis and festivals with set dancing. I also taught older sets in this vicinity for a while. Then for a couple of years I took classes in sean nos step dancing from Kieran Jordan.
Nyssa Patten
Nyssa’s dancing CV matches mine since she started at class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in 2001. We actually met at a class in Boston the next year. We’ve been dancing every place together since then, from the same classes at the WCSS the pubs we love to visit for dancing in Ireland and to all the events here in the Boston area.
The photo I’ve attached is of us on stage at set and sean nos step dancing evening at the WCSS in 2011.

Mike O’Laughlin
A singer of old style Sean Nos song, learned by ear, sung solo in Irish, with historical context. He sang with the Irish Roots Cafe in the first all Irish gaeilge show in the midwest, and was honored to sing at the annual gaelic Mass in Kansas City. His album, Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos, was placed in the Irish Traditional Music Archives on Sept. 1, 2013. It is one of the top 10 albums of Irish traditional song for 2013 via Tradconnect. Mikes songs range over four centuries, from Irish, Scots, and Cajun, to Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley.
Mike is a leading author and publisher of Irish Books, CDs, DVDs, and Videos on Irish family heritage. He descends from the OLaughlins and Kilmartins of Clare and the Donahues and Kellihers of Kerry.

Stevie Wilson Davis, (band member) sessions, video, Conroys (24th)
Robert Koke, (band member) sessions, posters
Megan Illidge, (band member) sessions, consultation
Bernie FitzPatrick, Dance groups contact.

See also The Irish Roots Cafe house band page at, https://www.facebook.com/IrishRootsCafeBand

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