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Trivia Test Results. Irish Language dates

Our Trivia Test
The Irish Roots Cafe house band played last
week, and we set up the Irish trivia contest.
The previous year I also prepared the trivia
test, but a few folks thought it might be too
easy, so this year I took it up a notch…
a big notch it seems..

The Questions
Well, there were 50 questions, and the high
score was 14 correct out of the 50. Here is
a question I prepared. I knew it would fool
a few, but it even got the historians…
How many leaves are on a lucky Shamrock…

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Clue
Not one correct answer. I will only tell you
that there is no difference between a lucky
Shamrock and a normal Shamrock.

Luckily, one person knew what country the Irish
got their flag from, and most knew where the
Cliffs of Moher were. Other than that it was
a low rate of positive responses, including
the location of the Lee and Liffey rivers.

Next time
Next year I will have a two part quiz. 20 easy
questions, like the colors of the Irish flag,
and then 5 hard questions. We’ll give a prize
for who ever does best on each one. It’s the
only way to keep everyone happy…

The house band
Meanwhile, the band is keeping Irish language
week in full force with a nice selection of
songs in Irish gaeilge. We of course, still
balance out the show with English language
songs, unless otherwise requested.

Here is our current schedule
Irish Language week(s) Seachtain na Gaeilge
March 15. Louisburg, KS, March 15, Irish Dinner 6:00
March 17, Californos in Westport. 11:30 to 1:00
March 17, Conroys Public House, 2:00 to 5:00
April 23, Irish gathering in Weston at the Celtic Ranch
April 24, Session to be announced
April 25, Irish gathering in KC at Brownes Irish Market
April 26, House session to be announced
April 27,(closing event.
June 14, 15, Scottish Highland Games, Riverside, Missouri
Aug. 30, KIrksviille, MO, Harvest Festival Fundraiser

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My Next Entry will be on
The Sean Nos gathering, calling singers, dancers and students.
Final details being arranged… Be There..
We’ll also be teaching folks to sing the chorus to an Irish
language song….so stay tuned to our events

Mike O’Laughlin
The Irish Roots Cafe and Hedge School
The Irish Roots Cafe house band

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Links:
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishRootsCafeBand
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mickthebridge?ob=video-mustangbase

Irish House Band Update
Our newly formed Irish House band launched
successfully this year, and it is the first
band to perform all Irish language shows
in the midwest, as a matter of fact, I’ve
never heard of it done before in the U.S.
at all! (but I am sure someone has done it?)
The old style Irish songs date back as far as
the 16th century according to some accounts

Sean Nós and Traditional
We perform all Irish language shows, as well
as shows of traditional Irish songs in English.
Of course, we can mix the two as needed for
the occasion! Our current permanent house
members, all of whom do vocals, include:
Mike O’Laughlin also on percussion; Megan
Illidge on Mandolin; and Stevie Davis on
fiddle.

March Launch, Seachtaine na Gaeilge
Below are the first performances we made
in March, all of which were well received in
both Irish and English language formats!
We also played our part in ‘Irish Language Week’
(more like Irish Language month!), and offered to
teach the audience an Irish song or two…
best we could….:

Our Irish Gigs for March 2013

Irish Roots Cafe March 2013 Schedule
Feb. 23 – Browne’s Marketplace KCMO
March 1 -Crossroads Coffeehouse KCMO
March 2 – St. Andrews church (Gladstone)
March 9 – Browne’s Marketplace KCMO
March 9 – Gaelic Mass. KCMO
March 10 – Immaculate Conception/Louisburg, KS
March 16 – Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO
March 23 – The Granada in Lawrence, KS

at the Irish Roots Cafe
Recording Session Tomorrow
After that opening month, we decided to take
a 30 day break, and are now recording an album
that’s been in the works awhile. (We will of
course, break from recording sessions to
play for you if you’d like!)

Genealogy too!
I made Irish genealogy resources available at
several of our performances – including books
and maps – It’s a habit I can’t seem to break,
and all part of the historical context of what
we do. Speaking of genealogy, that is how I
was introduced to old style Irish song, and
my first reason for appearing at Irish events
around the country.

Irish Festival Season
With the Irish Fests coming up shortly, I should note
that I have sung Sean Nós style songs at the
Dublin Irish Festival tent for Sean Nós; and at the
ceili for the Louisville, KY. Irish Fest.
Hope to return this year, and get the whole group
to perform there too – soon! Two great events to be sure…

Here are links to the Irish Roots Cafe House Band:
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/irishrootscafe
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishRootsCafeBand
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Mickthebridge?ob=video-mustangbase

We’ll be getting more videos up of the entire band in the future!

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