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The Irish Roots Cafe
Top Traditional Irish Song Album for 2013

How I Made the Short List
Here is an update on our Irish Language Band and
my first album, given some notice on Tradconnect..

From Genealogist to Sean Nos Singer
It all started with genealogy; writing and publishing
books and CDs in the cause of connecting with my
family history, and helping others do so.

My Irish families fault
One day I realized that for some 2000 years my
family could communicate in Irish gaelic, and
now, here I am, not knowing how to speak to
my own gr grandfather in our native tongue.

Starting from scratch
I sat forth 5 years ago to learn the language
through song, for I had not enough years or
help to become a ‘native’ speaker, or even close.
So then, here is my first album, in Irish and
English, on the shortlist for Trad. Irish song
album of 2013.

The album
Number 7 on the list is Michael OLaughlin,
Irish Song, Traditional and Sean Nos
. You
can take a listen to all the entries, it is
interesting to see the styles, and the different
talents involved.

Here are the top contenders
The following is the shortlist for Irish Traditional Album of Song 2013.
11 sample songs from these 11 albums are shown on Tradconnect

Bernadette Morris, All The Ways You Wander
Cathy Maguire, Ireland in Song
Colleen Raney, Here This Is Home
Kevin O Donnell, Deep is The Well
Mary Dillon, North
Michael OLaughlin, Irish Song, Traditional and Sean Nos
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ar Uair Bhig an Lae, The Small Hours
Niamh Dunne, Portraits
Paddy Homan, The Hard Way Home
Vincent Doherty, The High Walls of Derry

You can vote for your favorite from a link on the above page,
or by going here

Listen and even Vote on Tradconnect
“As shown above, Mikes first album (also featuring Stevies solo)
is on the top 10 list for the best ‘Irish Traditional Album of Song’
in 2013. Awarded by Tradconnect, out of Dublin, Ireland.”
Meanwhile,the band is working on its first album for 2014 and we
are playing for dinners and breakfasts and Irish language events.
(be sure to check us out if you need some Irish entertainment)

Our Thanks to Tradconnect for serving the community
of Traditional Irish musicians worldwide

Family Researchers beware
You never know where it will lead you.

All the best of family history and song to you.
Mike OLaughlin

P.S. All readers of my column are invited to our
Sean Nos old style traditional singer and dancer
gathering in Kansas City, focused around April 25, 2014.

P.S.S. If you like my album, you can buy a song or a whole album here, all support appreciated

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The Irish Roots Cafe
Full List of Genealogy and History Published

On Display with the Author and Publisher
On display Feb. 15 at Browne’s Irish Marketplace
starting at 1 oclock will be 35 years of Books and Discs
from Mike OLaughlin. Yes, the worlds most published
author in his field, Mike will be on hand to answer
questions on Genealogy, DNA, his Irish Hedge School,
and upcoming Irish sean nos gathering.
(He has authored over 60 books, 300 Irish podcasts in 6
fields of study, 8 CDs and DVDs, 50 videos, streaming
broadcasts, and 1,000 articles as columnist, commentator,
newsletter publisher and blogger, since 1978.)

The upcoming Sean Nos gathering
This is also the perfect time to find out about
the sean nos gathering, which will in part, be
held at the same location on April 25, 2014. The
gathering will include pub sessions and deli sessions
for starters. Those familiar with sean nos will be
on hand to acquaint you with it (most do not know
about Irish old style (sean nos). Dance instructors
are flying in and old style singers will be on hand.
All are welcome to these public events.
Those who can sing a song in Irish (gaeilge) are
wanted to participate in sessions. Same for old
style Irish dancers. (well, all Irish dancers…)

My CDs and DVDs
My CDs and DVDs will be on hand on Feb 15. I produced
them for the Irish Hedge School and my
Traditional Irish and Sean Nós Song CD.
By the way the last CD just made the shortlist
for Traditional Irish Song CD of 2013 on Tradconnect.
Go here to vote for it or another if you wish.

Irish Roots Cafe CDs, DVDs
1) Return to Irish Roots (DVD) 2010, with Peter Adams.
2) Irish Song and Recitation (CD) 2011. Various artists with KC History.
3) Hedge School History of Ireland (CD) 2011. with Peter Adams
4) Hello Fada, curious notes on Irish language. (CD) 2011
5) Missouri Irish (CD) 2011 ( audio version of the book)
6) Irish Genealogy, tips from Mike O’Laughlin (CD) 2011
7) Irish Video Shorts. (DVD) 2011
8) Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos (CD album) (2013)

All Ireland County Genealogy Books
35 volumes.
The Master family history volume for all families is
The Book of Irish Families great and small.
Then, I have written books on each Irish county in
Ireland and Northern Ireland, focused on family
history and discovering your roots in Ireland.
This set of Books has 35 volumnes, all will be
on hand on Feb. 15 at Brownes.

Rare History and Heraldry Books I’ve Published
1. Keatings History of Ireland. 3 v set. (O’Mahoney ed.)
2. The Annals of Ireland by the 4 Masters 2 v. set (Connellan tr.)
3. The Conquest of Ireland-Plantation in Ulster.4v set (by Hill).
4. The Irish Book of Arms in color and black and white (OLaughlin)
5. The Missouri Irish. KC, St. Louis, Irish Wilderness. (OLaughlin)
6. The Scottish Macs. (reprint)
7. The 1659 surname census of Ireland. (editor)
8. The 1890 Birth Index of Ireland (surname locator).
9. Passengers from Ireland. (ed. short extracts)
10. Families of the Clanna Rory in Ireland (reprint)
11. Surnames in Ireland (surname maps by Ed Kneafsey, or Neafsey)
12.The Poetry and Song of Ireland (John Boyle OReilly)
13. King James Irish Army List.
14.Irish Knighthoods. (Marmion)
Titles in Irish and English
15. Tribes and Customs of the Hy Many. (ed. O’Donovan)
16. Tribes and Customs of Hy Fiachrach (ed. O’Donovan)
17. The Ortelius Map of Ireland.
18. Heraldic Poster from the Irish Book of Arms

Other Research Aids
1. Irish Families on the California Trail.(OLaughlin)
2. Mac, Mc and O. Study of Irish names. (OLaughlin)
3. The Families of the Clanna Rory in Ireland. (Cronnelly)
4. The Master Atlas and Book of Irish Placenames. (OLaughlin)
5. The Master Book of Irish Surnames. (OLaughlin) OOP
6. The Complete Book of Irish Family Names. (OLaughlin) OOP
(I have about 10 more but they are not in print today)

First Full Display
The above should give you an idea of the books and CDs on
hand. This will be the first full display of my books
ever made (although we do display many at Dublin, Ohio
and Louisville, KY., Irish fests each year.)
Stop by and say hello… he’ll stay till everyone else goes..

All of my books are at: and many are
also handled by

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