9-11am Hagerty Irish Hour May 12th: Patrick and Karen Cannady chatting about Sophie and Fiachra @SalonConcertChi May 24th @ffiachra #quebecoismusic #irishmusic

We stop by the Hagerty Irish Hour Saturday, May 12th after 9am to have a chat and play some tunes and songs from Sophie and Fiachra in advance of a Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan Salon Concert on Thursday,May 24th at the Irish American Heritage Center.
More about the Salon Concert:
Salon Concerts Chicago proudly presents Irish and French Canadian duo, Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan, 7:30 PM Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Room 109.  Tickets $20 for IAHC Members, $23 for non-members. Children and teens 18 and under free.
Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.
Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie and the uilleann piping and banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan, who hails from the Connemara. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at its very best. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with, their respective musical traditions.
“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
Tickets available at the link below, by phone at 773-282-7035 x10 or at the door:

#FBF – 4th Jamie O’Reilly #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018

#FBF – 4th Jamie O’Reilly #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018 Performed “Songs of a Catholic Childhood” Here is an interview from Heartland Radio with Jamie about the show:

Thanks to Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for your support of our ongoing Salon Concerts!



Thanks to Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for support of the Salon Concert: Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith #irishmusic 09/26/14 8pm, $15 Irish American Heritage Center Tickets:http://ow.ly/AU8KP

Thanks to O’Connor Irish Radio Show for your support of the Salon Concert Series!

Margo visit

Thanks O’Connor Irish Radio! #irishmusic Salon Concert Jamie O’Reilly & Michael Smith 09/26/14 8pm Irish American Heritage Center (the O’Connor Irish Radio Show pictured here with Margo O’Donnell)

Windy City Irish Radio Podcast featuring Jamie O’Reilly!


Thanks to Windy City Irish Radio for all their ongoing support of the Salon Concerts Chicago Series.. you can hear more here on their podcast: “Ballad singer, songwriter, poet, performer & entrepreneur, Jamie O’Reilly, stops in to promote her upcoming appearances at the Irish American Heritage Centerfor her September 26th Salon Concert Series, “Songs of a Catholic Childhood” http://www.buzzsprout.com/16863/204951-windy-city-irish-radio-september-17-2014

Next Salon Concert September 26, 2014 “Songs of a Catholic Childhood”

The IAHC Salon Concert Series presents Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith in “Songs of a Catholic Childhood” this fall.

From Chicago’s beloved folk duo comes a liberating musical journey, Songs of a Catholic Childhood, with odes to the Virgin Mary, Latin hymns, folk-mass songs, popular songs and music from the movies from 1936-1970s and original songs by Smith and O’Reilly.

In solos and duets, Smith and O’Reilly perform a winning group of songs, and talk about life in parochial schools during their “formative” years: His ; as the eldest of 6, in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post-WWII New Jersey, in the ’40s, and ’50s. Hers ; as the 4th-girl-in-the-middle of a family of 14 kids, in a small Illinois town during the post-Vatican II, Baby-Boom era of the ’60s and ’70s.

In the course of their 20-year musical partnership, O’Reilly and Smith have created powerful theatrical productions: Pasiones, Hello Dali, Gift of the Magi, Scarlet Confessions, Songs of the Kerry Madwoman.

What people are saying about Songs:

“Gorgeous, glorious, heart-breaking/warming/stopping, tears of laughter and sorrow performance last night! Would not have missed it for the world. So many, many memories Thank you and Michael for your beautiful voices, music, and souls.” – B. Bremner, Theater Director, Playwright

“This Sunday afternoon at Chief O’Neill’s was a real palate cleanser. The fine restaurant and pub was wonderful venue for celebrated songwriter, singer, guitarist and unapologetic Catholic Michael Smith and songstress Ms. Jamie O’Reilly. The songs and tone itself was a celebration of Catholic experience, especially those of us who remember pre-Vatican II. May Crownings, Christmas memories and sweet classroom moments were celebrated in songs adapted or written by O’Reilly and Smith. Together Smith and O’Reilly have created a two-hour song tribute to the American Catholic Experience. This is not a nun-bashing, priest eviscerating abattoir, but a banquet of sacred and touching memory of Catholic Childhood.” -Pat Hickey, Blogger

View this clip of Michael Smith performing one of the songs from the show, “Sister Clarissa”.


“Songs of a Catholic Childhood” is Friday, September 26 at 8pm, Tickets are $15 and the show is not recommended for children under 13.