We wish to apologize for the lateness of this recap, it was in no way a reflection of the mighty music we enjoyed on November 12, 2016 in Chicago!
He did not disappoint us at all, interspersing his solo set of traditional dance tunes with a baroque piece or two and great stage patter. Frankie’s comedic sense is at least as quick-witted as his playing, so the rapid fire stories and one-liners had the audience on chuckling frequently.
Tommy McCarthy (fiddle), who grew up in London, and Louise Costello (banjo), originally from Galway, are a couple who live in the Boston, Massachusetts, area and are the proprietors of the Burren, the famous trad music pub in Boston. The Burren is the home of the Burren Backroom Series, a concert series dedicated to presenting traditional music in a concert setting much like the Salon Concerts and one of our sources of inspiration.
Tommy and Louise played a lovely set of tunes on fiddle and banjo that was about the music itself – sweet, rhythmic, deceptively quick, expressive, and evocative of Clare and East Galway as well as the smoky London pubs Tommy’s father played in with the likes of Bobby Casey.
Thank you to our headliners and The Academy of Irish Music, who played a short set for us, and John Halliburton, our sound engineer, for an evening of beautiful music.
Thanks also to our Salon Concerts Team: Noel Rice, Karen Cook, Leah Joyce Steele, Linda ?, Theresa Choske, Mary Alice McCarthy, and Mary Moore for helping us make it all happen.
Thanks to IAHC staff, especially Meg Buchanan and Kathy O’Neill, for their help in assuring a successful night.
Thank you to Windy City Irish Radio hosts Tim Taylor and Mike Shevlin, Ireland Tonight host Maryann McTeague Keifer, Blarney on the Air host Shay Clarke, The Hegarty Irish Radio Show, The O’Connor Irish Radio Show, and The Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for their promotional assistance, we appreciate it greatly.