Nice set of jigs from John Daly, joining us 11/06/15 @iahcchicago #irishmusic

From Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann​ website: “In a street session at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2002, fiddle player John Daly plays a selection of jigs which he himself composed A native of Co. Cork, John spent many years in Chicago, USA and returned to Ireland a few years ago. Guitar accompaniment is by Eddie Whelan from Co. Offaly. ”

The John Daly and John Shine Salon Concert is Friday, November 6, at 8pm.
Tickets are $15 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online here:
calling 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or at the door. Proceeds to benefit Salon Concerts Chicago Series.




Salon Concert: John Daly and John Shine – #irishmusic Irish American Heritage Center


Salon Concerts Chicago presents John Daly, fiddle and John Shine, fiddle and piano.

John Daly

Born in Burnfort, near Mallow in Co. Cork in 1963, John first learned the fiddle at age 12 from Limerick music teacher, Sean O’Carroll. He was introduced to Kerry fiddle player Johnny Cronin by his father in the 80’s, and around the same time became interested in the playing of Andy McGann from New York and Longford man Paddy Reynolds who had spent over 50 years in New York

In the late 80s and early 90s, John became aware of Shetland fiddle master, Willie Hunter, who soon became his strongest influence in the playing of Scottish and Shetland slow airs.John has played concerts and conducted workshops in Iceland, Scotland and the Shetland Islands, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. He lived in Chicago for several years in the 1990s and early 2000s, where he made his first solo recording. He now lives in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim.

John Shine

John was born in Dublin, and grew up on Chicago’s South Side. John began learning fiddle as a boy, spending significant time with senior members of the South Side community of musicians, mainly Sligo man Phil Durkin and his friends, Martin Byrne, Aine Scully, Albert Neary, and Nancy Neary. He also performs regularly as a piano accompanist at the Irish American Heritage Center’s monthly Ceili dances. He plays piano mainly with Ceoltoiri Chicago, a Chicago-based ensemble that has forged a vigorous and lively sound for more than a decade, playing for set dancing events throughout the Midwest.

The Academy of Irish Music will open the concert. The John Daly and John Shine Salon Concert is Friday, November 6, at 8pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Proceeds to benefit the Salon Concerts Chicago Series. Tickets can be purchased by visiting  calling 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or at the door.

Recap: Salon Concert – @davidpowerup & Dennis Cahill @iahcchicago #irishmusic


The Salon Concerts Chicago series presented its sixteenth concert Saturday night, October 24th, featuring David Power, an uilleann piper from Dungarvan, Waterford and renowned Chicago native, guitarist Dennis Cahill , as headliners.

The all-ages, enthusiastic crowd was treated to David’s exemplary musicianship on both concert and flat pitch uilleann pipes. He was ably accompanied by Dennis’s spare, lyrical guitar playing. Highlights of the evening included a beautiful air, “Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Chainte,” a love song from County Tyrone. A central part of David’s performance featured “The Eighteen Moloney,” an antique chanter made in Kilrush, County Clare around 1830 by Thomas and Andrew Moloney. David plays the chanter as part of a full set of B pipes and recorded his most recent CD (appropriately named “The Eighteen Moloney”) with it exclusively. The low purr of the B pipes and the sweet, almost ghostly quality of the old chanter were especially powerful, particularly in the descriptive piece “Gol na mBan San’ Ar” and its companion jig “Cnoc an Teampaill.” The duo was also joined by piano accordionist Jimmy Keane for one set of reels.

The Salon Concert Series is dedicated to presenting the finest artists in Irish traditional music in a family-friendly, polite listening environment. The concert series is also dedicated to creating and sustaining a knowledgeable audience, and nurturing young musicians by providing them with performance opportunities. To further these ends, children and teens 18 and under receive free admission and the concerts always open with brief performances by young people.

Saturday’s concert was in the Irish American Heritage Center ‘s Shanachie Room (Room 109), a classroom converted to a performance venue with a raised stage, lighting, live sound, and seating.

The concert began with performances from the Academy of Irish Music’s junior and senior groups. Both the junior and senior groups play fiddles, viola, cello, flute, whistle, bodhran and guitar. Both groups perform arrangement of their own creation and feature harmonies, semi-improvised passages, and snippets of melody from other genres.

The Academy were followed by a brief appearance from Salon Concerts Chicago organizers Patrick and Karen Cannady pipes n fiddle (piob agus fidil) with guitarist and bouzouki player, Donald Terao. They were joined by one of Patrick’s whistle students, Lily Hey, age 10, for a set of slides with her teacher and Donald accompanying. The trio’s brief set also included slip jigs and a Carolan piece, which were received very warmly.

Special thanks to Noel Rice, John Halliburton, Nancy Moore, and Mary Moore for helping to make this great evening happen. Also it was great to see former Salon Concert performers Tim O’Sullivan and Bill O’Donoghue – thanks for your support!

Also, mile buiochas to Shay Clarke ( Blarney on the Air), Sean Ginnelly (Good Morning Ireland Radio Show) , Siobhan O’Connor ( O’Connor Irish Radio Show), Tim Taylor, Mike Shevlin (Windy City Irish Radio), and Erik Carlson (A Feast Of Irish Folk) for granting us some promotional time on your radio programs.

Watch this space for a recap of Saturday night’s concert – #irishmusic


Watch this space for a recap of last night’s concert coming soon. Will also catch up on a few (summer 2015) that we did not put up yet!! Thanks to all that came out to support the Salon Concerts! More to come…

Thanks Hagerty Irish Hour for support! David Power & Dennis Cahill #irishmusic 10/24/15 8pm $20 18 Und Free Tix::


Thanks to the Hagerty Irish Hour for their support of the Salon Concert Series: David Power and Dennis Cahill ‪#‎irishmusic‬ Saturday, October 24, 2015 8pm Tickets are $20 Online:

or 773-282-7035, ext. 10, or at the door. Children 18 and under are free

“Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Chainte,” or “The Fair Hill of Killen.” David Power Tonight!

From the Irish American Heritage Center: “Of course there is such a thing as an uilleann piping solo! You can hear many tomorrow night as David Power joins Dennis Cahill for a great night of traditional Irish music at the ‪#‎IAHC‬. Click here for tickets and info.