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September events with the Irish Roots Cafe.
and Mike OLaughlin at

Three Events yet this month, including tonight….
1. Online Chat & Sing with Mike Tonight
Our fourth online, informal show, with Mike online
to sing, chat, or answer questions as possible.
It is tonight at 8 central, 9 eastern time. Song
in Irish and English. Feel free to type in your
comments or chat with other listeners as the show
Check in here with ConcertWindow now-
Our FB event page for this concert is

2. Last Irish Fest Sept. 27-28 Genealogy
Finishing up the Irish Fest season, we will
be hosting the genealogy display and consultation
at the Louisville, Kentucky Irish Fest. These
are very friendly and informative folks, so
come on out and say hello at this growing fest
held at Bellarmine University, click below

Here is our listing in the festival catalogue.
Mike O’Laughlin
Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Joining us in the all new Cultural area, located
in Frazier Hall will be renowned Genealogist,
author of 60 books and host of the Irish Roots Café
Mike O’Laughlin. He will share his knowledge of the
ins and outs of Irish Genealogy and help get you
started on your search for your Irish ancestors.
Be sure to bring your questions to start your journey

3. Raymore, MO. Farmers market
The Irish Roots Cafe house band plays.
Sept. 30th. from 5 pm to 6.30.
We sing old style Irish (as gaeilge) and in
English, and that’s just for starters.

The Irish Roots Cafe house band page:

Mike OLaughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
Kansas City, Missouri
since 1978

p.s. I have also been named an instructor of beginning sean nós
old style song, in Irish and English, lessons available at,

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Online Irish Song lessons and events

Kansas City HQ for Irish Song
Strange as it may seem, Kansas City is developing
a reputation for online Irish activity in song
and genealogy these days. Here are three active
programs originating at the K.C. based Irish
Roots Cafe at

Kansas City Monthly Online Concerts
This Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 Central is another
living room concert from Mike OLaughlin, in a
friendly, informal, chat and sing format. Selections
are in Irish and English language, as time permits.
More info here

TradLife Instructor
Mike is also an online instructor at TradLife, out of Boston.
He wants to teach beginners a first song or two
in Irish, old style, or in Traditional English.
You can contact him at Tradlife. Here is his
instructors page below

Sean Nós & Trad Irish Song CDs
The Irish Roots Cafe has produced 10 CDs and DVDs
to date. The first album of Irish song came out
last year as a Top Ten Traditional Irish Song
album at Tradconnect.

Mike has a second album of trad and sean nos
songs in Irish, coming out next month. The number
of Irish language songs he has sung and
published is a first for Kansas City region and
bodes well for those wanting to discover Irish
old style. His Facebook page for Irish Song is at

Sean Nós Gatherings
The projects above are a continuation of
the gatherings for the last several years in
promotion of Irish song by O’Laughlin.
Earlier in 2014, several hundred people were
treated to sean nós song and dance in the
region, at free, public venues.

Local Projects
The events included open and free instruction,
over 4 days at 5 venues, including the
Celtic Ranch, Brownes Irish Market, Conroys,
The Folk Alliance, and Mikes Tavern.
The task was organized by Mike and the
rest of the Irish Roots Cafe house band
including Stevie Wilson Davis, Megan Illidge,
and Robert Koke.

Anyone interested is invited along, and this
Thursday you may want to join in with Mike
in his living room for an online concert,
(link given below.) Your support is always

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