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First Ever all Irish (Gaeilge) Song Stage Show in the midwest
Mike OLaughlin at the Irish Roots Cafe

How it all began
“For 2,000 years a grandfather could speak to his grand-
son in his native language, and be understood. For the
first time, this was no longer true, this was my family
and I was the grandson…. I would learn it the ‘old way’
by ear, and not as an academic classroom exercise”

Irish Language Song for KC and the world
We have introduced hundreds of folks to Irish language
song over the last 6 years. A few have gone on to learn
to sing in Irish themselves. We (The Irish Roots Cafe)
performed the first all Irish language stage show in the
midwest, in 2013 (The Granada in Lawrence, Kansas) and
subsequently in (Kansas City, MO) and (Weston Missouri).
We also sang on stage at the Dublin, Ohio Irish festival,
individually and as a group. Lastly, our first album
is held in the ITMA in Ireland, under Commercial Sound
Recordings dated Sept. 2013.

See us in person at supporting venues
Our favorite venues today include The Celtic Ranch in Weston,
Brownes Irish Marketplace in Kansas City, The Scottish games
in K.C., and Louisburg in Kansas. These four locations have
been our best supporters over the years. Keep an eye out for
our next appearance and support these folks whenever possible.
The regular venues above also support our ‘Irish Gatherings’
of Irish Song and Dance instruction (particularly sean nos).

Seachtain na Gaeilge
‘Irish language week’ might be better known as Irish language
month today. It has been a project we support whole heartedly.
Headquartered in Ireland, they have supported us for several
years, and list our events on their international calendar.
They support and promote the Irish language in all ways
possible, and beginners are welcome, including singers…

Related Projects
Related Irish language endeavors include reprinting a music
book (Gaeilge) and sheet music selections in Irish. My
first album also ranked among the Top 10 Irish Song Albums
of 2013 (per Tradconnect in Dublin, Ireland).
Many of the selections on that album are in Irish.
All the songs below are found on our CDs, on iTunes, SoundCloud,
on Amazon, on CDBaby, on YouTube and on Spotify.
Please do support our old style Irish songs as possible.

Our Irish Language songs online today
Album 1, Irish Song Traditional and Sean Nos
My Irish Language Songs included are below.
Si do mhaimeo i (She’s your granny – Irish Wedding Song).
Oro Se do Bheatha ‘Bhaile.
Slan agus Beannacht (Goodbye and Farewell). macaronic.
Bean Phaidin, I wanna be Paddys girl.
Sadhbh ni Bhruinneallaigh.
An t-Ull (The Apple)
Roisin Dubh (My little Black Rose)

Album 2, Irish Old Style traditional and..
My Irish language songs included are below.
An Droimeann Donn Dilis (macaronic)
Sadhbh Ni Bhruineallaigh (mastered)
Caoineadh na Dtri Muire (Keening of the 3 Marys)
Cunla (Coonla)
An Raibh tu ar an gCarraig (Were you at the Rock)
Bean Phaidin (mastered)
Roisin Dubh (mastered)

Album 3, Ireland by Land and Sea
My Irish Language song included is noted below.
Amran na bhFiann, The Irish National Anthem (Irish/ English)

Album 4, Upcoming Album – fall 2016
Included as noted below to date.
Gaol ise Gaol i, She is my Love (Scots waulking song)

On the Horizon
We will be releasing our 4th album, in Irish and English,
this fall. A larger project is our ‘Oro se‘ stage show of
Irish song. Rehearsals will likely be held at the places
noted in the above blog. We will also be holding sessions
on Concertwindow online.
To be more involved in these projects, contact us at www.Irishroots.com
(NOTE: the songs listed above do not include our traditional
English language songs.)

Mike OLaughlin
author and publisher
www.Irishroots.com
since 1978
The Irish Genealogical Foundation
The Irish Roots Cafe

p.s. The ‘fada’ is temporarily disabled due to computer difficulties.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge Song session
The Irish Roots Cafe Gaeilge and English

Small Session at Brownes Irish Market
12 until 2 oclock, Saturday, Feb. 13
3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO

Free event.
Open to all. We are having a small acoustic traditional
Irish song session, in Irish (Gaeilge) and English
in preparation for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Come enjoy,
or join in while we rehearse songs from Oro Se You
are welcome home
We will be singing in the background
for you from 12 to 2 or so. Feel free to add a song
of your own. Browne’s will be serving Breakfast till 11 am

Seachtain na Gaeilge
For the 5th consecutive year the Irish Roots Cafe
is promoting the Irish Language (Gaeilge) as part of
Seachtain na Gaeilge. Headquartered in Ireland, the
SNAG group recognizes any effort to bring the language
to life, and includes this event on their international
events calendar. (also on the calendar are Irish language
song events on Concert Window streaming live, and a dinner
in Louisburg, Kansas on March 12. Both from the
Irish Roots Cafe.)

Kansas City Old Style
We love to focus on the old style songs, dating back
centuries, in Gaeilge. We also include stage songs,
and the popular tin pan alley songs in English.
My first album, Irish Song, traditional and sean nos
got this project going. It was among the top 10 traditional
Irish song albums in 2013.
Few people in the Missouri and Kansas areas knew what
old style sean nos songs were about. We are changing that,
one person at a time. Below are my 3 albums of Irish song,
with Irish and English selections on each.

1 Irish Song, traditional & sean nos: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelcolaughlin
2: Irish Old style:http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelcolaughlin3
3: Ireland by Land and Sea: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mikeolaughlin1

Irish Genealogy Update
All 34 volumes of my Irish Families project
are back in print. There is a book for every
county, to help with your family connections.
We plan to be at the Dublin, Ohio and Louisville,
Kentucky Irish fests again this year, and will bring
at least one of each book to the tent…

Your support is appreciated
Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
P.S. Note, Limited seating at times

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