Irish Song: Traditional and Sean Nós

by Mike O'Laughlin (Michael C. O'Laughlin)

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    *Bonus #1: The 'Come with me, Over the Mountain' song video is included with this collection of Traditional Irish songs in Irish (gaeilge) and English.
    (Bonus Video is in English, with Sean Nós ornamentation.)
    **Bonus #2**: Printed Irish Language lyrics to 'The Apple' or An Túll with do-re-me musical notation documenting this old song in Irish.
    ***Bonus #3***: Phonetic lyrics to the wedding song 'Si do mhaimeo i', in English, Large print for anyone to sing and enjoy !

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Born of Personal Loss
For 2,000 years a grandfather could speak to his grandson in his native language, and be understood. For the first time this was no longer true. That was my family and I was the grandson. "From that moment on I would learn to sing in the Irish tongue, a tribute to those who lived on before me." I would learn it the 'old way', by ear, and not as an academic classroom exercise. Researching ancient Irish genealogy, I knew the old way of spelling names in Irish (gaeilge). I had published books in Irish, hosted a Chat and Sing Irish podcast, and led groups to Ireland, so I had a slight foundation on which to build.

This Album
I've put a bit of all of it in this first album, recorded at the irish Roots Cafe. 'Roisín Dubh' from the 17th century full of mourning and loss; 'Paddy Leary', the 19th century immigrant from the American Stage; The incomparable 'Danny Boy' from the 20th century; along with more playful songs in Irish like 'Si do mhaimeo i' and 'The Apple'. I picked up 'Mullaghbawn' and 'Farmer Michael Hayes' from Niamh Parsons who attempted to broaden my scope with those suggestions! I've kept these 15 songs simple, one main voice with occasional accompaniment, including the bodhran, keyboard and piano. They all feel born out of Ireland to me.


released October 15, 2013

Recorded on an iMac computer with garage band software, and Rode NT-1A mic.. All vocals, percussion, and keyboard by Michael C. O'Laughlin except for vocal on track 7 (Bean Phaidín), and chorus on track 1 (Si do mhaimeo í), both by Stevie Wilson Davis .




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Mike O'Laughlin / The Irish Roots Cafe house band Kansas City, Missouri

“A voice from the old Europe..amazing”
— Silvio Puzzolu, Torino, Italy, RN

The worlds leading author in the field of Irish roots, Mike sings and publishes books, in Irish (gaeilge) & English.

He is devoted to the old style of Irish song called 'Sean Nós', sung in Irish: raw, solo, learned by ear, in historical context. 'Non-modal'. This traditional album is a shout out to his Irish ancestors.
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