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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 !)

http://www.dublinirishfestival.org

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

http://www.louisvilleirishfest.com

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.

Workshops
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: http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe

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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 Irishroots.com 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 !

Song
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.

Appearances:
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:
On Irishroots.com at:
http://www.irishroots.com/content/view/97/152/
on iTunes at:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=196090855

For all of our podcast channels
see the iTunes Irish Provider Page (click below):
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=299857025
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  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

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Contact Us
You can reach the Irish Roots Cafe on Twitter; Facebook;
www.IrishRoots.com; 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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Video Shorts at the Irish Roots Cafe #16.
Skibbereen, a tale of famine and troubles
from our house band Sean Nós Abú.

Launch of Irish Video Shorts, season two!
Today we resume our Irish Video Shorts
program. The first selections this season
are my Irish Song videos, to be followed
by Irish genealogy video shorts.

Here are my notes on todays Irish video:
Skibbereen, a tale of famine and troubles.
This song tells of the coming of the great
Irish famine and troubles that ensue.

It begins with a young boy asking his father
why they left Ireland. After all, he hears
it spoken of by his father in glowing terms
all the time.

The Reason Revealed
This opens a floodgate of descriptions
including the potato crop failure, eviction,
rebellion, and death of the childs mother.
It ends with the young man vowing to return
to Ireland, reclaiming his heritage at all
cost.

Considered the grandaddy of all famine songs
actually written near the famine era, it has
become a favorite here at the Irish Roots
Cafe. (note: Kilkelly, another favorite song,
tells of a later Irish famine, and was written
in the last half of the 20th century.)

Watch and listen to Skibbereen on our iTunes video
podcast channel here, for free:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=299626242

For all of our podcast channels see the
iTunes Irish Provider Page (click below):
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?id=299857025
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Here are the lyrics that I use to sing this song:

Skibbereen
Oh, Father dear, I oft times hear you talk of Erin’s Isle,
Her lofty scenes, her valleys green, her mountains rude and wild
They say it is a pretty place where in a prince might dwell,
Oh, then why did you abandon it, the reason do me tell?

Oh, son I loved my native land with energy and pride
‘Til a blight came upon my crops, and the sheep and cattle died,
The rent and taxes were so pay, I could not them redeem,
And that’s the cruel reason why, I left old Skibbereen.

Oh, It’s well I do remember, that cold December day,
The landlord and the sheriff came, to drive us all away
They set my roof on fire, with their demon yellow spleen
And that’s another reason why I left old Skibbereen.

Your mother too, God rest her soul, fell on the snowy ground,
She fainted o’er in anguish, desolation all around.
She did not rise, but passed away, from life to immortal dream,
She found a quiet grave, my boy, in dear old Skibbereen.

And you were only two years old and feeble was your frame,
I could not leave you with my friends, for you bore your father’s name,
I wrapped you in my cóta mór in the dead of night unseen
and heaved a sigh, and said goodbye, to dear old Skibbereen

Its well I do remember, the year of ’48
When erins sons they rose again
to battle against their fate
I was hunted through the mountains
as a traitor to the queen
And thats another reason why
I left old Skibbereen.

Oh father dear, the day will come when vengeance loud will call
and Erins sons will rally round, together one and all
and I will be the man to lead the van, beneath the flag of green
And loud and high we’ll raise the cry,
Revenge for Skibbereen!
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   The #1 Celtic band in the U.S. on RN (4/25/2012)
  We have singers who specialize in Sean Nós Song,
  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

___________________________________________
You can follow Sean Nós Abú on Reverbnation at:
http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe
___________________________________________
Contact Us
You can reach the Irish Roots Cafe on Twitter; Facebook;
www.IrishRoots.com; 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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