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The Lynching of Danny Boy The Irish roots Cafe…….
Irish Song: Traditional & Sean Nós……

Danny Boy & me………
Every time out on holidays where you might find
old Irish songs being sung, I hear people say,
as I once did, ‘Oh, all that Danny Boy @!%#* ‘

Well, here is what I was told many decades ago,
and I kindly repeat it when the occasion arises.

( I know that some do not sing the song well,
and some do not show it respect when they sing it.
But this is about the song, not the singer.
This is to say why so many people respect it yet today,
despite the scornful ridicule heaped upon them.)

Taken From the liner notes to “Irish Song…
” ————————————————————————————-
“Oi, Mike O’Laughlin! Legal os vocais, gostamos! Parabéns!”
—  Geelumusic, São Paulo, Brasil., RN

Outside Ireland
Foolishly, I once remarked to my mother how out of touch and sentimental the old Irish songs were. Well, I was taught a quick lesson on that. It was not just the song itself, which was sung by people who lived a much harder life than I had. It was not just about our family who came from Ireland with the old ways. It was about all the people, all the times- good and bad, and the gatherings that went with it. From 19th century immigrant songs to Tin Pan Alley, the Irish way with a song was still with us – it was just growing in a different direction and with good reason ! My Lord, I stood on the shoulders of giants! From that moment on I realized why these songs touched the soul of millions of people, and I slandered them no more…. (I now understood, and included ‘Danny Boy’ on my first album, some 40 years later).

“Dear Mike, What a beautiful vocals, touches my heart…”
—  Ryo Utasato (Tokio, Japan), RN

I have no more to add, but am thankful
that I had the notion to take a 2nd look….

-Mike O’Laughlin

P.S. The Company He Keeps (#4), Tracks of my album ‘Irish Song..’ below:
Album Sequence; alternate titles; and duration:

1) ‘Sí do mhaimeo í (She’s Your Granny) (Irish Wedding Song) 1:24
2) Come with me Over the Mountain 3:15
3) Óró, Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile! (Oro, you are welcome home) ! 2:12
4) Danny Boy 2:49
5) Slán agus Beannacht (Goodby and farewell) 2:24
6) The Boys of Mullaughbawn 3:18
7) Bean Pháidín ( I wanna be Paddys Girl), (Paddys Wife) 1:33
8) The Rocks of Bawn 4:03
9) Sadhbh NÍ Bhruinneallaigh (1:53
10) The Farmer Michael Hayes 3:00
11) Skibbereen 6:12
12) An t-Úll (The Apple) 2:17
13) My Name is Paddy Leary (Off to Philadelphia) 4:05
14) Róisin Dubh (My Little Black Rose) 2:34
15) The Kelly Song; (Too Many Kelleys) 2:21

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re: The Irish Roots Cafe house band


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

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:

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

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