Archive for the “Miscellaneous” Category 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

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

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

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

Mike OLaughlin
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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Trivia Test Results. Irish Language dates

Our Trivia Test
The Irish Roots Cafe house band played last
week, and we set up the Irish trivia contest.
The previous year I also prepared the trivia
test, but a few folks thought it might be too
easy, so this year I took it up a notch…
a big notch it seems..

The Questions
Well, there were 50 questions, and the high
score was 14 correct out of the 50. Here is
a question I prepared. I knew it would fool
a few, but it even got the historians…
How many leaves are on a lucky Shamrock…

King James Irish Army List described
One of our books nearing sellout

Not one correct answer. I will only tell you
that there is no difference between a lucky
Shamrock and a normal Shamrock.

Luckily, one person knew what country the Irish
got their flag from, and most knew where the
Cliffs of Moher were. Other than that it was
a low rate of positive responses, including
the location of the Lee and Liffey rivers.

Next time
Next year I will have a two part quiz. 20 easy
questions, like the colors of the Irish flag,
and then 5 hard questions. We’ll give a prize
for who ever does best on each one. It’s the
only way to keep everyone happy…

The house band
Meanwhile, the band is keeping Irish language
week in full force with a nice selection of
songs in Irish gaeilge. We of course, still
balance out the show with English language
songs, unless otherwise requested.

Here is our current schedule
Irish Language week(s) Seachtain na Gaeilge
March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00
March 17, Californos in Westport. 11:30 to 1:00
March 17, Conroys Public House, 2:00 to 5:00
April 23, Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24, Session to be announced
April 25, Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26, House session to be announced
April 27,(closing event.
June 14, 15, Scottish Highland Games, Riverside, Missouri
Aug. 30, KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Remember to support the rare books that
we publish and author. It keeps the
wheels turning for everything at

My Next Entry will be on
The Sean Nos gathering, calling singers, dancers and students.
Final details being arranged… Be There..
We’ll also be teaching folks to sing the chorus to an Irish
language song….so stay tuned to our events

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band

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