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Michael C. O'Laughlin | Irish Song: Traditional & Sean Nos

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Irish Song: Traditional & Sean Nos

by Michael C. O'Laughlin

Feel, hear and experience the origins of Irish music, in the Irish (gaeilge) and English language. From 'old style' Acapella and traditional song, to St. Patricks Day favorites. We share the history, the melodies, & the life and times of Irelands own!
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sí Do Mhaimeo Í ( Irish Wedding Song)
1:24 $0.99
2. Come With Me Over The Mountain
3:15 $0.99
3. Óro Sé Do Bheatha 'bhaile (You Are Welcome Home)
2:13 $0.99
4. Danny Boy
2:49 $0.99
5. Slán Agus Beannacht (Good Bye And Farewell)
2:24 $0.99
6. The Boys Of Mullaughbawn
3:18 $0.99
7. Bean Pháidín (Paddys Girl)
1:33 $0.99
8. The Rocks Of Bawn
4:03 $0.99
9. Sadhbh Ní Bhrueneallaigh
1:53 $0.99
10. The Farmer Michael Hayes
3:00 $0.99
11. Skibbereen (A Tale Of Th e Troubles)
6:12 $0.99
12. The Apple (An T-Úll)
2:17 $0.99
13. My Name Is Paddy Leary (Off To Philadelphia)
4:05 $0.99
14. Róisin Dubh (My Little Black Rose)
2:34 $0.99
15. The Kelly Song (Too Many Kelleys)
2:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Talk around the world about the Irish Roots Cafe:
“...as real as it gets. glad to see somebody keeping
this style alive, and u r doing a terrific job of it.. ”
—  Billy T. Scrapper, Cookeville, TN, Reverbnation

Album Notes:
Recorded at home on my 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 .

Tradconnect: Editor's Pick, June 2013:
"Come with me Over the Mountain" (Track 2 of Irish Song)

“Absolute chills for an Drimmon Dhun Deelish. Stellar tone.”
—  In Fell Traitors, RN

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

Sean Nós
Four years ago this led me to the old way of Irish singing called 'Sean Nós'. Most often it is sung in Irish, solo, learned by ear, in historical context, with an unprocessed sound. 'Non-modal' some say, to the chagrin of many a practiced musician. It was about the song - not the singer, and that seemed perfect, as I had never sung before. This album then, is a shout out to my ancestors, The O'Laughlins; Donahues; Sullivans, Kellihers; Kellys, Kilmartins, Quinns and Rabbits of Kerry and Clare in Ireland. I think they would approve of it, imperfections and all !
“Bravo!!! J ' ai beaucoup aimé !! Respect à vous
de nous faire connaitre ce Folkore !!.”
—  FREITOD, Sarcelles, France, RN

Irish Accent
Fittingly, I started learning Joe Heaney songs. Joe was a native speaker, and had a Galway accent from the west coast of Ireland, near my own family origins. That each region would have its own style of song and dance is quite normal. it was clear that his Irish words were not pronounced the way modern Irish is being taught today. In fact, modern Irish would not do justice to the 'old' song. After all, my ancestors spoke with the old accents of the west of Ireland. (Of course, singing in any kind of Irish is a good thing - and those who are fluent speakers have my admiration.).
My endeavor is to sing in Irish as a connection to my family heritage, not to become a 'native' speaker. One of my six podcast series 'Hello Fada', was an outside look at Irish (gaeilge), encouraging others to become acquainted with it. It was co-hosted by 'Rua' a local instructor from the Irish Center, who has done much to promote the language here. We also held a few sessions in Sean Nós song at the center. A modern teacher may well tell you that there is no danger of my becoming as fluent in everyday Irish as those born to it. Beyond doubt, that is true!
“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....
“Dear Mike, What a beautiful vocals, touches my heart...”
—  Ryo Utasato (Tokio, Japan), RN

This Album
I've put a bit of all of it in this first album, recorded at the irish Roots Cafe, (aka my living quarters). '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.
“ Unadorned--except for the perfect ornamentation
of your own sweet voice. Slan agus beannacht warmed my heart.”
—  The Black Rose, Roisin Dubh

A debut appearance is made here by Stevie Wilson Davis, a member of the Irish Roots Cafe house band, as she performs 'Bean Phaidín,' her first song in Irish. Now the lyrics to that one will surprise you.. (Lyrics and commentary to all songs are found on the Irish Song and Recitation podcast and blog at the Irish Roots Cafe). Stevie also adds a chorus vocal to 'Si do mhaimeo i' on this album full of memories, ancient and modern!
May the road rise up to meet you....

Irish Roots Cafe
The Irish Roots Cafe house band is our new group, performing Sean Nós and traditional song, in Irish and English. The heart of the daily performing band is Stevie Wilson Davis, Megan Illidge, and Mike O'Laughlin at present, with several others ready to go at a moments notice as well! My thanks also to Maria Morton for countless hours of Irish song and putting together a group 'sing song' locally that included Sean Nós.
We play a mix of songs and tunes with fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bodhran. The entire band is happy to teach an Irish chorus or two when we perform, as we did during 'Seachtaine na Gaeilge' this year. As the first band to produce and perform an 'All Irish Language Song Show' of its kind in the midwest, we hope to see you in the coming year...
“This is just outstanding. Wow can this guy sing.
"The Boys of Mullaughbawn" is amazing.
You rarely get to hear a treat like this,
I highly advise playing all tracks! Cheers ”
—  Take Away The Ugly, Reverbnation

Album Track 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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