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Sean nos session and genealogy update

First Sean nos 2017 live session
Our first session of the year will be March 4 at

Place: the Celtic Ranch in Weston, Missouri.
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 or so

All are welcome. We share our knowledge of Irish
old style song and dance, with short performances.
Then you have the opportunity to join in or learn
a few dance steps (if desired); or try your hand
at a traditional Irish Song if you/ve a mind to.
Refreshments on hand. here is program promo:

Genealogy Books
The Milesian Families of Ireland is
being reprinted this week. Some of our
hardbound books will not be reprinted
so think about getting them now at or

Fifty New Irish Videos
I have added more videos on song and genealogy.
Song includes “Spailpin Fanaugh”; “Girl I Left
Behind Me”, “Bard of Armagh”, “Streets of
Laredo” “Silent Night in Irish” and How to sing
the National Anthem.
Many new genealogy videos too, like DNA
“Blood of the Irish”, and notes on families like
Kirby; Stratford; Morrow; Conley; Finneran;
Reed; and more on YouTube here:

Irish Library
I am supposed to be retired now, but it
is busier than ever. I will donate or
sell much of the Irish Library here to
make room for things like furniture..
If you are interested let me know at,
I will also post videos of our book
collections, etc..

Our Irish Festivals
We plan to display at the Dublin, Ohio fest,
and the Louisville, KY. fest again this
year. We’ll have something new for our
exhibits this year. See you there, and
fair warning, let me know if you are
interested in a certain book, so I can
bring it along.

Kansas City Irish research
We are also working on the history of the
Irish in early Kansas City. More on that
later, contact us if interested in the

-Mike OLaughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe

Mike OLaughlin is the most published
author in his field with over 60 books,
300 podcasts, 250 videos; 4 albums; and 100’s
of articles and newsletters. He has regularly
appeared at Irish fests for 20 years
including at San Antonio, TX; Dublin Ohio;
and Louisville, Kentucky.

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Finding Sean Nos Irish Song,Dance
Irish Roots Cafe 2017 Launch

Irish Old Style Song and Dance
We have begun 2017 with a new program
for our hedge school featuring Irish Song
and dance. The launch begins with a show
or session including the following:

Jim Windels – Flute and Sing
Kieran Markey – Dance and Sing
Mike O’Laughlin -English, Irish (Gaeilge) vocals

Beginners Introduction
This program centers on an introduction
to sean nós or ‘old style’ singing and
dancing. Few people are truly acquainted
with this art. Old style, as we use the
term is not modern western song – perfected
in the studio with many rules of production
or a cast of 100’s.

Old style is just that, the old way, acoustic.
Before electrified speakers, radio and hollywood.
In its pure form it is one of the few bits of
surviving Irish history through the centuries.
This is our interpretation of course, and
we think you will find it of merit. Both Irish
and English language songs are included, along
with bits of history that relate.

Dance Notes
We include the Irish broom dance and the
barrel dance as well as some steps that show
what is not sean nos, by way of contrast.

Learn a song chorus in Irish
Yes, even if you speak no Irish, you can learn
to sing a simple chorus in Irish, as an intro
to the Irish language experience. We show
you how to do that too.. Consider it a tribute
to your ancestors.

Examples in Irish
You can find several old style and sean nós
songs on my YouTube page click below.

Video Launch on YouTube
Below is our launch video introducing our traveling
show or session for your entertainment,
released 3 days ago. Take a listen in support
of ‘Irish Old Style’…

Consider adding this session or show
to your next event.

Mike OLaughlin
Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, MO 64116

P.S. The Irish Roots Cafe festival schedule
for this year includes Dublin, Ohio and Louisville, KY.
Stay tuned for details…

P.S.S. We may have our 2nd Irish Old Style gathering
this year near Kansas City. Let me know if you are interested in
helping out, participating, or attending…

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