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Irish Genealogy and Song at Irish Festivals in the U.S.

From the Irish Roots Cafe
Breaking our 14 year rule, we will be consulting or
performing at two Irish Festivals this Year. We do
offer the services below for Irish Festivals and events.
But first, we are excited to announce our appearances at:

1) The Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival, Coffman Park,
August 3,4 & 5, 2012
(Our 14th genealogy exhibit/consult here !)

2) The Louisville, KY Irish Fest, Sept 28-30, Bellermine Univ.,
for our Genealogy exhibit, consultation,
and Sean Nós singing is being planned !

The scoop on what we offer an Irish festival:

Irish Festival Genealogy and Song Attractions
The Irish Roots Cafe, and Author Mike O’Laughlin.
Consult. exhibit, and perform for your festival attendees.

Displays (examples):
Thousands of dollars worth of Irish Books/CDs:
– Our Irish Genealogy books for all 32 Irish counties;
– The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters;
– Hedge School CDs for genealogy; history; song; language
– Books in the Irish Language

Other aids For research & browsing:
-The Book of Irish Families great & small (for reference)
-The Irish Census of 1659 surname location Index
-The 1890 Birth Index of Ireland
-The Irish Book of Arms
-DNA applications and applicators !

Displays and Charts like:
– Irish Coats of Arms from the Irish Book of Arms
– The ancient Ortelius surname map of Ireland

Free Print Outs:
– Your surname and which books it appears in,
including the specific county book(s) and the Annals.

The topics of Irish Genealogy; History; Language
and Song are available. (introductory)

Free Festival Podcast:
We can podcast on location from your event and
promote your festival with advance publicity with
our blogs and broadcasts.

Irish Fest Song Sessions (Sean Nós style)
Mike sings in Irish, Sean Nós style, in the house band
for the Irish Roots Cafe, ‘Sean Nós Abú’, ranking #1 in
the U.S. on Reverbnation in 2012 as a Celtic group.
(that and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee! but still….

Traditional and Intimate settings.
Traditional Songs are sung in both Irish and English
language by this talented band of acoustic enthusiasts.
Session performances are informal, in the Sean Nós
tradition. Sung solo or in a group acoustic session.
In the end, it’s about the song and the history, not the singer.
We make no claims of greatness as singers !
To quote Mike ” We normally sing Sean Nós in a
traditional manner, informal, most often seated,
and within the audience. Usually the songs are
scattered, rather than a continuous performance,
but can do a formal introductory song, and then
do more seated within the audience. With the Irish
song – anything might happen !”
Band info:

About Mike O’Laughlin and the Cafe:
The most published author in his field. 
Mike is a one of a kind resource. He has authored 12 hardbound books;
34 Irish County research guides, 20 CD’s/videos, 300 podcasts,
7 broadcast series’, and hundreds of articles. O’Laughlin also publishes
rare works like ‘The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters’; and
‘Missouri Irish’ (60 works in all, since 1978). His personal library
of 3,000 history and genealogy books is consulted daily.

Irish Roots 
Mike descends from O’Loughlin of Kilfenora, County Clare,
and O’Donahue of Glenflesk, County Kerry, with Sullivan,
Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. His Irish
tours and import catalogue began in the 80’s as a result of
his family history research.

On The Web
O’Laughlin founded the Irish Roots Cafe and as
a pioneer on the internet 3 decades ago. Receiving millions of
hits yearly, the focus is on Irish Genealogy; Song; History and
Language. Mike began the first ever Irish genealogy podcast
in 2006, and now has 7 different Irish shows. He has been
awarded the status of an official iTunes provider !

Mike sings in Irish, Sean Nós style, in the house band for the
Irish Roots Cafe, ‘Sean Nós Abú’. They ranked #1 in the U.S.
on Reverbnation in 2012 as a Celtic group. Traditional Songs
are sung in both Irish and English language by this talented
band of acoustic enthusiasts. Session performances are
informal, in the Sean Nós tradition.

National Public Radio & television; Irish hedge school seminars;
Grand Marshall and judge in St. Patricks Day parades; Dublin
Irish Festival for 13 years; Louisville Irish Fest (2012); and as
a founding member of Irish cultural, bagpipe, and dance groups.

Thanks! and we hope to see you at Dublin, OH. and
Louisville, KY Irish festivals this year !

Listen to our free broadcast Today:
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on iTunes at:

For all of our podcast channels
see the iTunes Irish Provider Page (click below):


  The #1 Celtic band in the U.S.
(Top National rank on Reverbnation 4/25/2012)
  We specialize in Sean Nós Song, in Irish,
  as well Irish Ballads in the English Language.
  Check out our band page on Reverbnation
  by clicking the picture on the left !

   Our ‘band’ name is set up as ‘Sean Nós Abu’
   Sean Nós means ‘old style’. Abu is a war cry !
   We are the house band for the Irish Roots Cafe

Contact Us
You can reach the Irish Roots Cafe on Twitter; Facebook;; and by mail at our U.S. location:

The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116

Sponsors Welcome.
Remember to keep the hedgerow growing –
with your donation, subscription or membership.
– Thank you, Mike O’Laughlin

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Todays Chat and Sing Show Notes:
Season 3,#2,  Sean Nós, old style Irish Song

1) What is Sean Nós ?
2) Festival Finalists to be broadcast weekly.
3) Todays Song is: ‘Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallagh’
(The 1st full song to be sung by our host, ever ! )

The Irish Song and Recitation Festival Podcast
with your host Michael C. O’Laughlin in Kansas City.
From the Irish Roots Cafe at

7 million hits yearly. (100,000+ podcast audience monthly)
Go here to listen to all of our Chat & Sing Podcasts:

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Thanks for the help

On this broadcast we called for Sean Nós songs, as
defined by our audience.  The term definitely means
different things to different individuals today.  We hope
this broadcast will help spread the word and create
interest in the field of Sean Nós today.
Thank to all who have participated, you have made
a great contribution to the effort.

Top 10 Sean Nós Final Entries

We have 7 v songs in Irish / 3 in English/ 1 instrumental to date.
1)  Peneleapaí with The Leaving of Limerick, in Irish.
2)  Peneleapaí with “        “,   in Irish.
3)  Harpin’ Hank Hogan with ‘Dilan O’ Deamhas’ in Irish
4)  Liza with instrumental An Poc Ar Buile or ‘Mad Puck Goat’
5)  Mike with ‘The Old Claddagh Ring’ or.. (Joe Heaney style)
6)  Mike with ‘Roisin Dubh’  (or… Joe Heaney style)
7)  Karen with ‘Red is the Rose’ w/ bodhran backer
8)  Renata  ‘Were You At the Rock” (An raibh tú ar a gCallaig)
9)  Renata with “Ar Bruacha na Laoí”
10) Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh  ( a) as solo b)Group Finale)

The Irish Culture
Sean Nós is a link to the lost culture of the Irish going
back for centuries.  Queen Elizabeth must have been
impressed, for she had several of the songs
written down.  Of course, that would have been
difficult, as this Irish form of song did not follow
the rules of other forms of musical notation.

What it is
Well, the new season kicks off today with a new format
and type of music.  Sean Nós  ( pronounced ‘Shann Nós’
definitely not ‘Shawn Nós” ).  Some might say this is
primitive Neolithic song !  What it is, is the old Irish way
of singing. The term was invented in the 20th century to
describe just that. It is generally said to originally have

1) Sung in Irish
2) Sung solo
3) not dependent upon volume changes like today
4) Some say, little vibrato should be found in Sean Nós
5) Some styles are described as ‘Saying a Song’

There are different styles of Sean Nós found in different
areas of the country, and of course, the Irish accent also
changes within the country.  It is today also a style used in the English language by some.

What it is not:
1) It is not sung like an English ballad
2) It is not like ‘Tin Pan Alley Songs’ (covered earlier.)
3) It is not just an Irish Song sung solo.

New Ways – Old Tunes
Today we find new forms of this singing art, sometimes called Sean Nós Nua.  You will find instruments added to the song and all forms of singing at times, accompanied by dancing, and capes and orchestras !

Experienced Welcomed
But then, all this is just my passing opinion,
I am by far no expert, the best way to learn
what Sean Nós is :  Listen to it being sung.

Learn it – Love it
The best way to learn Sean Nós, is to listen to those who
do it best.  I have several examples on our web page at:

Among the songs I usually have posted are:
Liam O Maonlai (Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh)
Darach O Catháin  (Óró sé do bheatha ‘bhaile)
Nell Ní Chróinín – (An Lacha Bacach)
iarla O Lionaird –  The Lament of 3 Three Marys)

Todays Song: ‘Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallagh’
as sung by Mike O’Laughlin, your session leader (by default).

A Boatman from Mayo ?
This song is about a Mayo boatman and his courting
of ‘Sadhbh’.  He talks about his fine boat, which makes
trips to Galway. He also tells his love that he wants
her to elope with him, and that her mother even want
her to elope with him ( repeated in the chorus).

Joe Heaney Style
As the first time I heard this song it was by Joe Heaney,
it shows some influence here.  This is my first full song
sung – so thank you for your patience.
Heaney also sing Roisin Dubh, Red is the Rose, and much more..
He was great in Irish and English. Until next week or so, adios !

Join up on our Sean Nós fan page on Facebook:!/group.php?gid=117709528260564

Listen to the complete ‘Irish Song’ broadcast series here:

Hope you’ll be singing or listening in, to season 3,
on the Irish Song and Recitation Festival !

The Irish Roots Cafe has 7 Broadcast series:

The History of Ireland
Irish in America
Irish Video Shorts
Irish Song and recitation
Irish Family History and genealogy
Irish Family History photo enhanced with links.

All available on the iTunes Irish provider page (click below):
Contact Me
( Perhaps we can put together a Sean Nós session group ! )
You can reach the Irish Roots Cafe on Twitter; Facebook;; and by mail at our U.S. location:

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe
Box 7575
Kansas City, Missouri 64116
Leave a message on our Phone (816) 256-3360

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