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Welcome to the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan. The Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan is a non-denominational organization focusing on genealogical research in all thirty-two counties of the Emerald Isle. The society is open to everyone! 





 
Next Meeting
Saturday, January 21, 2016
1:30 p.m.
 
Irish Songs in America
by Terry Murphy
 
at the Gaelic League of Detroit
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
 
 
Terry Murphy isn't a legend in the local folk music scene - he's the real thing.
 
Since his 1981 debut (at the tender age of 17) at the Old Shillelagh in his native Detroit, Terry has been a staple at just about every venue for Irish music in metro Detroit and Windsor: 4 Green Fields, Dublin Inn, Patrick O'Ryan's, Kildare House, and of course, the Tipperary Pub and the Gaelic League.
 
He's won a following over the years not only for his technical skills on the guitar (and the bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, bodhran and tin whistle), but for his almost encyclopedic knowledge of folk and Irish music and musicians. His comprehensive playlist ranges from A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl through Pete Seeger and the Clancys to Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan.
 
Terry's mother Joan says that, whenever she needed a break, she would deposit Terry (then not much more than a toddler) in front of the family stereo and put on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem or the Dubliners or the Irish Rovers, or anyone from the great folk revival of the 1960s - and he would just sit and listen, for hours.
 
Now, we are the ones listening.


Coming Events
Saturday, Feb. 18th
THE HURTTIENNE AND MEYER LOTS OF CORKTOWN – A HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDY OF RESIDENT BEHAVIOR
Presentation by Graham Sheckels.   THE HURTTIENNE AND MEYER LOTS OF CORKTOWN, DETROIT – A HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL STUDY OF RESIDENT BEHAVIOR                 This project examined two historical archaeological excavations in the Corktown district of downtown Detroit. Developed in the mid 1830’s, this neighborhood was lent its name by the high proportion of ...
Saturday, Mar. 25th
Funeral Homes and Ancestors: They're Dying to Meet You!
Presentation by Daniel Earl.
Saturday, Apr. 22nd
To be determined