Mike is the worlds most published author in his field. His books; Blogs; broadcasts; Videos; DVD's and CD's include works on every Irish County. Going beyond genealogy, he organized and sang with the first all Irish language song performance on stage in the midwest. His first album of traditional Irish song was among the 'top 10' in 2013. An independent author, his Irish Roots Cafe web page has tallied over 100 million visits.
Mikes Irish Song albums, in Irish (Gaeilge) and English, old style. A top 10 Irish Traditional Song Album of 2013 (via TradConnect):
Irish Song, traditional and sean nós (CD) 2013. buy a single song or album below.)
Ireland by Land and Sea (CD) 2015. see player below. '' ''
Irish Old Style Song (CD) 2014. see player below. '' ''
For Free song sample: click on left hand arrow above, to purchase click on red !
The band appears in Louisburg, KS., Sat, March 14 2015.
In Person Sessions with Mike You can have a direct one to one session via Skype with Mike. These beginners sessions are for learning an Irish song, or for family history tips, or both! He also offers a free live streaming video show on ConcertWindow monthly. Mike is ready to teach you to sing a song: in Irish (Gaeilge), sean nós style; or in English for a traditional song. You do not have to speak the Irish language or read music to start singing. Several well known songs are available to learn directly with Mike. Listening, practice, and memorization play a very important role. Where you go from there is limited only by you ! It is a great introduction to the Irish language for many. Contact Mike directly by email to set up your time online, or in person ! (minimum 20 minute session for $30, payable by Paypal)
Organizer of the Irish old style gathering April 23-26, 2014 April 23-26- Sean Nós gathering; 'old style' singers/dancers/music; free sessions/lessons:
April 23, Celtic Ranch in Weston, MO. gathering. 6:00- April 24, Conroys Public House, Overland Park, gathering 6:00-9:00 April 25, Browne's Irish Marketplace, Kansas City, MO. gathering. 5:30-9:30 April 25, Irish Roots Cafe at Browne's, concert online worldwide 7:00. sign in here April 26, Folk Alliance International, 509 Delaware. (River Quay) 12:30-2:30 April 26, Mikes Tavern (on Troost), K.C., MO. gathering jam session. 3:00-6:00 May 23. Friday Night Live at the Irish Roots Cafe. Concert Window. streaming video. June 14-15 - see us at The Scottish Highland Games, Riverside (K.C., MO.) June 21 - On stage at Browne's Irish Market. Street Faire. June 21 - Raymore Arts Festival at Farmers Market. July 11 - 3:00 CST, Concert Window online streaming video with Mike, old style song
August 1 -2- Dublin, OH., Irish Fest. House band: Friday and Sat. 10:30 Ceili Tent. August 1 -3 - Dublin Irish Fest, our genealogy tent exhibit Fri, Sat, Sun. Aug. 30 - KIrksviille, MO, D.E.L.T.A. Harvest Festival Fundraiser. House Band. Sept. 18- Mikes Live online video on the web at ConcertWindow.com at 9:00 EDT Sept. 27-28 - Louisville, Kentucky Irish Fest at Bellarmine University. Genealogy. Sept. 30 - Raymore Farmers Market. 5:00 - 6:30 (Central Time) House Band.
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Mike is a one of a kind resource. Since 1978, he has authored 12 hardbound books, 34 Irish genealogy county books, 40 CD's/videos, 300 podcasts, 7 broadcast series', and 1,000 articles. O'Laughlin also publishes rare works by 10 authors, including 'The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters' and 'The Irish Book of Arms' (60 works in all). His web pages have tallied over 100 million visitors.
Irish Sean Nós & traditional singer Mike reached the national stage in Dublin, Ohio at the largest three day Irish fest on the planet, in 2014. Vocalist with the Irish Roots Cafe house band, he performed in the first all Irish language song stage show in the midwest in 2012, and ranked #1 in the U.S. as a celtic artist on Reverbnation (for nine months). He has the honor of singing Sean Nós (old style) at the annual Gaelic Mass in Kansas City, and currently broadcasts live, streaming song shows on the web. His songs are found on YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, and iTunes today. Early influences include Joe Heaney of Galway, Cathy Jordon of Dervish, and Niamh Parsons from whom he has taken instruction. He founded the 'Sean Nós gathering' in Kansas City (2014), with five free events at four locations in the region, along with the band.
Top 10 Album of Irish Song Mikes first album, 'Irish Song: Traditional and Sean Nós' was placed in the Irish Traditional Music Archives in September, 2013, and named a Top Ten 'Irish Traditional Song Album' of the year, by Tradconnect out of Dublin, Ireland. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michaelcolaughlin
Irish Language Supporter Mike founded and co-hosted the 'Hello Fada' podcast, with curious notes on Irish (gaeilge). He also publishes Irish language works, like 'Tribes and Customs of Hy Many'; and 'Hy Fiachrach'. A noted singer in the Irish, Mike gives basic lessons in Sean Nós song. He has taken beginning Irish language instruction in San Antonio, TX; Dublin, OH; Kansas City, MO; and on the web. O'Laughlin regularly holds Irish (gaeilge) song events including 'Seachtaine na Gaeilge' in the community, and believes 'old style' song is best learned via oral tradition, by ear, in dialects seldom taught today.
Irish Roots Mike descends from OLoughlin of Kilfenora, County Clare, and ODonahue of Glenflesk, County Kerry, with Sullivan, Buckley, Kilmartin, Llewellyn and Kelliher roots. He began leading Irish tours and began an Irish import catalogue in the 80's. He collected a 3,000 volume Irish library during those years. In 2004 he founded the 'Irish Families' DNA project at Familytreedna.
A garage band drummer in the 1960s, Mike started a printing company in high school. As a Rockhurst University grad in the 70s, he wrote “The Complete Book for Tracing Your Irish Ancestors”, in the 1980's he was a founder of the Irish American Cultural Center in Kansas City and subsequently founded Irishroots.com and the Irish Roots Cafe.
Appearances: National Public Radio & television; Irish hedge school seminars; Grand Marshall (Yankton, SD) and judge (K.C.) in St. Patricks Day parades; The Dublin, OH Irish Festival for 15 years and Louisville, KY, Irish fest for 4 yrs.; Speaking engagements in San Antonio, TX; Savannah, GA; Yankton, SD; Iowa; KS; and MO; and as a founding member of Irish cultural; bagpipe; genealogy; DNA; and dance groups. Worldwide live concerts with the Irish Roots Cafe house band, began on Oct. 27, 2013 on Concertwindow. more... as an author.
Favorite activities: Baseball, Raquetball, Canoeing, and Walking.
Current interests: Origins of Language; The American West; DNA. Sean Nós Song
Favorite board game: ‘Scrabble’
Favorite place to be: ‘On the Beach’.
First computer: TRS 80 from Radio Shack, way back when.
Would fix it if he could: the School System in Kansas City.
Best Movie: ‘Ben Hur’, without a doubt.
Favorite Irish Festival: Dublin, Ohio.
Favorite Food Before Heart Attack: BBQ & French Fries
Favorite Food Post Heart Attack: Turkey burgers and Broccoli (right!)
Bard to Irish Families
What the Press has said:
A Hallmark in the Field of Irish Studies - Irish Books and Media
"Extends coverage to all who call Ireland home" - Dallas News, TX
Major source book for Irish families - South Bend Tribune, IN
American's greatest compiler of Irish history - The Herald, NJ
O'Laughlin has finally done it - Pensacola News Journal, FL
One of the top authorities in Irish heritage - AFRA Today
New hallmark in Irish family history - Alexandria Daily, LA
Never before have so many Irish family names, locations, and sources in one place
- Commercial News, Danville, IL
Michael O’Loughlin, mentioned above, also runs a fantastic website...
; - July 08 / Irish America Magazine
* Michael is the worlds leading expert in Irish Roots..-IrishCentral.com. 2011.
Mikes album, a Top 10 'Traditional Irish Song Album of the year' - Feb. 2014
-per Tradconnect, Dubllin, Ireland
Some of our Past shows: 1) The Savannah (Georgia) Genealogical Society Banquet, April 26, 2008. Thanks ! 2) National Genealogical Soc. Conference. K.C., MO. May 14 - 16, 2008. Thanks ! 3) The Kansas City Literary Festival on the Plaza. May 17, 2008. Thanks ! 4) Brownes Deli 121st anniversary, oldest Irish business in America, June 28, 2008. Thanks ! 6) National Archives at Kansas City. Grand Opening podcast. May 23, 2009. 10:00-1:00 7) Dublin, Ohio, Irish Fest, consult/exhibit. Genealogy & Sean Nós Song Tent. Aug. 2011 8) K.C. Royals Stadium: Halfway to St. Pats pre-game exhibit, 4:30-6:30, Sept 17, 2011 9) Dublin, Ohio Irish Fest Aug 3 - 5, 2012. Irish Genealogy tent. Sean Nós tent. 10) Louisville, KY, Irish Fest Sept. 28-30, 2012. Old style song at the ceili 10b) Crossroads Coffeehouse, K.C., MO. 3/1/13 11) St. Andrews Church, Gladstone, MO. 3/2/13 12) Brownes Irish Marketplace, K.C., MO 3/09/13 13) Louisburg, Kansas, (band) Immaculate Conception fundraiser 3/10/13 14) The Celtic Ranch, Weston, Missouri, band 3/16/13 15) Irish Language house band; Granada Theater, Lawrence Kansas 3/23/13 16) Brownes Irish Street Faire, KCMO, June 22, 2013. 17) Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival, August, 2013 18) The Granada Theatre, Lawrence, KS. Sept 15, 2013. 19) Louisville, KY, Irish Fest, September 27-29, 2013, Bellarmine University 20) Streaming live video concert. ConcertWindow.com. Oct 27, 21) The Celtic Ranch, Feb 1, March 1. Weston, MO. Red Head Parade ! 22) Louisburg, KS, March 15, 2014 Irish Dinner, Raffle, and entertainment. 23) Gladstone, MO, St. Andrew the Apostle, Irish night, March 8, 2014
Feb. 1 - St. Brigids Day - Irish Singers Session, The Celtic Ranch, Weston, MO. Feb. 15 - Brownes Irish Market - Book Signing, Brownes Irish Market, K.C., MO. Feb. 22 - Brownes Irish Breakfast (band) - Brownes Irish Market, K.C., MO,. March 1 - Weston, MO, Red Head Parade, IRC band March 8 -Gladstone, MO, St. Andrews, Irish Fest Dinner, IRC band March 8 - Brownes Irish Breakfast (band) - Brownes Irish Market, K.C., MO. April 20- Our KKFI (http://www.kkfi.org) radio interview, with songs. band auction. 11:00
We Sponsor the Irish sean nós gathering April 23-26, 2014 April 23-26- Sean Nós gathering; 'old style' singers/dancers/music; free sessions/lessons: April 23, Celtic Ranch in Weston, MO. gathering. 6:00-9:00 April 24, Conroys Public House, Overland Park, gathering 6:00-9:00 April 25, Browne's Irish Marketplace, Kansas City, MO. gathering. 5:30-9:30 April 25, Irish Roots Cafe at Browne's, concert online worldwide 7:00. April 26, Folk Alliance International, 509 Delaware. (River Quay) 12:30-2:30 April 26, Mikes Tavern (on Troost), K.C., MO. gathering jam session. 3:00-6:00
24) Scottish Highland Games, June 14 -15. Riverside (Kansas City)