Frankie Gavin with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello – tix on sale now! #irishmusic #IAHC




Don’t miss this show!  Should be a great synergy between Frankie Gavin, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello!

Tickets now available! Salon Concert – Frankie Gavin with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello #irishmusic

Gavin/McCarthy/Costello Salon Concert

Salon Concerts Chicago Presents! Frankie Gavin, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello




Salon Concerts Chicago is thrilled to announce Galway fiddle and flute legend Frankie Gavin in concert with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello at the Irish American Heritage Center 8PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Room 109. (pictured above, Frankie Gavin and Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello in front of The Burren Pub.


Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All-Ireland competitions. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music.

The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans.

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello come from families steeped in traditional Irish music.

Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s.  His father Tommy Sr. was a well-known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare, so Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey.  He also recalls meeting John Kelly & Willie Clancy during frequent visits to Ireland. With his family, he performed throughout Ireland & the U.K. – including The Royal Albert Hall, London.

Louise (banjo) from Galway, grew up playing traditional music with her father Denny and his musician friends. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway’s vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by former De Dannan banjoist Charlie Piggott.

Tommy & Louise met in 1987 while playing trad sessions in the Boston area.  They have continued to play together since then, collaborating with many notable musicians including The Chieftains.

In 2014 Tommy & Louise released the critically acclaimed album: “Grace Bay“, featuring original compositions by Tommy, as well as traditional favorites.

A performing group from the Academy of Irish Music will open the concert.
The Gavin/McCarthy/Costello Salon Concert is Wednesday, August 17 at 8pm in the Fifth Province Lounge. Tickets are $20 for adults, and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click below, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or buy at the door.




Salon Concerts Chicago thrilled to announce Cathie Ryan – A Winter’s Heart 12/08/16 #irishmusic



Salon Concerts Chicago is thrilled to announce that we are presenting the acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan – The Winter’s Heart – a celebration of a traditional Irish American Christmas,  in the Auditorium of the Irish American Heritage Center at 8pm, Thursday, December 8, 2016
The acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas with The Winter’s Heart. Featuring Cathie’s heart-stirring vocals and the virtuoso musicianship of Patsy O’Brien on guitar and vocals, Patrick Mangan on fiddle and vocals, and Kieran O’Hare on uilleann pipes, flute and whistles, this musical celebration of the holidays is sure to warm the heart.
From ethereal hymns to exuberant jigs and reels, The Winter’s Heart revels in the wealth of Irish Christmas traditions including leaving a candle in the window to light loved ones home, hunting for the wren on St Stephen’s Day, Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas), and more. The rituals of the Winter Solstice, for centuries considered a sacred time in Ireland, will also be honored in this beautiful program.
The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas is a holiday event sure to kindle the warmth and joy of the season.

The Performing Group from the Academy of Irish Music will open the concert.

The Cathie Ryan – A Winter’s Heart – presented by Salon Concerts Chicago – is Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 8pm in the Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and children 18 and under are $10.

Thanks to all! 21st Salon Concert – #Barrule #IAHC #manxmusic #SalonConcertsChicago #tradmusic

The 21st Salon Concert featured Manx trio Barrule, whose lineup includes Tomas Callister, a truly mighty fiddler, Adam Rhodes, a clever and inventive accompanist whose main instrument is a guitar-bodied bouzouki, and Jamie Smith, easily one of the finest piano accordionists the Salon Concerts team has ever seen play live.
Manx music? What’s that? Manx music (and Manx people) hail from a small island in the Irish Sea, roughly halfway between Northern Ireland and the northernmost parts of England, called the Isle of Man. The Isle of Man is one of the Celtic Nations, and the Manx language is a Gaelic language akin to Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Manx music also bears many similarities to Irish and Scottish traditional music with its emphasis on dancing and the types of dance tunes it includes. Manx traditional music is especially rich in lovely jig melodies as well as swift and driving reels, which the Barrule lads were able to demonstrate with great skill for our enthusiastic crowd.
Highlights of their set included their arrangement of “Mylecharaine’s March,” a fine and lilting traditional Manx melody that should instantly imprint itself in the memory of any lover of Scottish and Irish melodies. Like many of Barrule’s arrangements, the tune featured clever interplay between Callister’s fiddle and Smith’s piano box, employing a wide range of dynamic and rhythmic effects and creating a great deal of variety while never losing its beautiful melodic thread. The modern Manx composition “Kinnoull,, by Peddyr Cubberley, a sweet, lyrical, and wistful melody arranged by Barrule, featured winsome fiddling and gentle piano accordion basses over a pulsating bouzouki accompaniment, augmented with looping to create layers of textured sound and the illusion of multiple instruments playing simultaneously. They also lit the hall up with their incendiary jigs and their driving reels, notably “The Laxey Reels.”
Chicago denizen and fellow Manxman, blues rocker DAVY KNOWLES, was present for the event (with his fiancee Amber) and had nothing but praise for his countrymen in recommending the show to his fans on Facebook: “These guys are just amazing, good time guaranteed, and musicianship like you’ve never seen.”
Longtime Salon Concerts Master of Ceremonies Terry Bermes was also impressed, calling the trio “A breath of fresh air.”
Our crowd was also treated to a fine performance by the young performing group from the Academy of Irish Music who yet again demonstrated progress in their musical development with clever new wrinkles in their arrangements.
The Salon Concerts Chicago Team wishes to thank: Meg Buchanan, Geno Cooney Mike Shevlin, Dave the soundman, Terry Bermes, Kathy O’Neill, Mary Moore, Theresa Choske, Mark Piekarz, Barb Malone, Nancy Moore, Mike Haman, Rick the chef, Irene Higgins-Hruby in the gift shop, the Academy of Irish Music and their parents, Patrick Cannady, Noel Rice, Karen Cook Cannady, Shay Clarke for having us on the Blarney on the Air radio show to play Barrule’s music and discuss the show and talk about the upcoming Gavin/McCarthy/Costello Salon Concert, the Irish American Heritage Center and our many patrons who continue to support this series. It would not be possible without your kindness and generosity!



Barrule! TONIGHT! 7pm! #IrishAmericanHeritageCenter @iahcchicago #manxmusic


Traditional Music fans won’t want to miss the sensational Manx band, Barrule TONIGHT! 7pm! Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center!
Barrule are a trio that plays mostly Manx (as in from the Isle of Man) traditional music and they set Milwaukee Irish Fest 2016 abuzz with their arrangements, skillful performances, and powerful stage presence. Their performances included a familiar mix of jigs, polkas, reels, songs in Manx Gaelic and English, and modern compositions. The melodies are undeniably Gaelic in nature and fans of Scottish and Irish traditional music will find much to enjoy.
Their two studio recordings have received rave reviews and have earned them featured performance spots in prestigious international music festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient in Brittany, The National Celtic Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and Celtic Colours, a highly regarded festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Samples from #Barrule 1st CD! #manxmusic #IAHC #IsleofMan

Samples from #Barrule‘s first CD:

Winners of ‘Best Debut’ Spiral Awards 2014:
“…nothing short of inspired”
– The Living Tradition
“An exciting sound, real zest and quality”
– The Telegraph
“Players of conviction and passion, they make a fine job of it” ****
– The Scotsman
“shouting out that Manx music has its place in the contemporary Celtic music firmament”
– Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3
“Barrule is more than a group; it’s an assertion of cultural identity”
– Songlines Magazine

Thanks @irishradio_ for support! #Barrule Sunday September 18th! #manxmusic


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Thanks O’Connor Irish Radio Show for support: The Barrule Salon Concert is Sunday, September 18th at 7pm in the Fifth Province Lounge. Tickets are $20 for adults, and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets, click below, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or buy at the door.