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.


Thanks Hagerty Irish Radio Show for support! #Barrule Sept 18th #IAHC



Thanks Hagerty Irish Hour 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.

Here are four#Manx jigs from #Barrule, who present their fresh take on Manx music – Salon Concert Sunday, 9/18

Here are four Manx jigs from @Barrule, who present their fresh take on traditional and contemporary Manx music at our next Salon Concerts Chicago on Sunday, 9/18. What’s that you say? You’ve never heard music from the Isle of Man? Now’s your chance! Click here for tix and info.


Mylecharaine’s March – Barrule Salon Concert this Sunday, September 18th #manxmusic

An exciting young band out of the Isle of Man, Barrule on 9/18. Click here to learn more about these Manx musicians.

They will be at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Fifth Province Lounge in a Salon Concert 7PM Sunday, September 18th, 2016.


Thanks for posting, Irish American Heritage Center!