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Mike OLaughlin at the Irish Roots Cafe

Irish Sean Nós & traditional singer
Mike O’Laughlin reached the national stage in Dublin, Ohio at the largest three day Irish fest on the planet, in 2014. Vocalist with the Irish Roots Cafe house band, he performed in the first all Irish language song stage show in the midwest in 2012, and ranked #1 in the U.S. as a celtic artist on Reverbnation (for nine months). He has the honor of singing Sean Nós (old style) at the annual Gaelic Mass in Kansas City, and currently broadcasts live, streaming song shows on the web. His first album made the top ten list on Tradconnect for 2013, (the largest online collection of Trad Irish musicians in the world).

Worldwide Notice
His songs are found on YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, and iTunes today. Early influences include Joe Heaney of Galway, Cathy Jordon of Dervish, and Niamh Parsons from whom he has taken instruction. He founded the ‘Sean Nós gathering’ in Kansas City (2014), with five free events at four locations in the region, along with the band.

Irish Old Style now launching
This second album, the first that the artist has had mastered, contains selections in Irish and English. The Kansas City singer had the mastering done in Dublin, Ireland making the deadline for December of 2014 advance release. His song origins go back as far as the 17th century.

Available now
On You Tube:
Spotify: Mike O’Laughlin – Irish Old Style At the Irish Roots Cafe

The playlist for the Irish Old Style album is below:

The Rambling Kerryman,
An Droimeann Donn Dilis,
Sadhbh Ni Bhruineallaigh (Gaeilge),
Keening of the 3 Marys (Gaeilge),
Cunla (macaronic Irish, English),
An Raibh tu ar an gCarraig (Gaeilge),
Bean Phaidin (Gaeilge),
The Accursed Kerryman (Gaeilge),
Roisin Dubh (Gaeilge),

Physical CDs are also available
directly from the artist for $12.00 + $4 shipping.
Send to
Irish Roots Cafe
Mike OLaughlin
Box 7575
Kansas City, MO 64116

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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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