#FBF – 3rd Baal Tinne #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018

#FBF – 3rd Baal Tinne #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018 with the Academy of Irish Music in 2017 –



#FBF – 2nd Murphy Roche Irish Music Club #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018

#FBF – 2nd Murphy Roche Irish Music Club at Gaelic Park IrishFest in 2008 One of several music schools in Chicago, they are located in the southwest suburbs of Chicagoland. #WomenoftheSalonConcertsChicago #InternationalWomensDay2018

#TBT Mórga 2015, where we welcomed them before @MKEIrishFest for a fantastic @SalonConcertsChi Concert!

#TBT to Mórga in 2015, where we welcomed them before Milwaukee Irish Fest for a fantastic Salon Concerts Chicago Concert! Here they are running through some barndances!

Scattering! @IrishCentral LIVE @MKEIrishFest @piobagusfidil was there! #MKEIrishFest #irishmusic

The grand finale of Milwaukee Irish Fest as captured by Irish Central!

Patrick Cannady of piobagusfidil is at the lower right of the screen and Karen Cannady is right behind him, playing away! There are lots of tunes the first seven minutes, then we made way for the singers to close out the Fest!

Next week, Fri May 5th, Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely #IAHC #irishmusic #uilleannpipes #flute

Salon Concerts Chicago presents Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely this spring.

A virtuoso flute player, Kevin Crawford has recorded two solo albums, ‘’D’Flute Album’ and ‘In Good Company’ and “On Common Ground” with Lunasa bandmate, Cillian Vallely. Crawford also tours with Martin Hayes and John Doyle as The Teetotalers.

A gifted uilleann piper and low whistle player from Armagh, Northern Ireland, Cillian Vallely comes from a well-known, highly respected and talented musical family. In addition to his many years of performing, touring, and recording with Lunasa, Vallely was featured as uilleann pipes soloist in the Broadway production of “Riverdance”.

Local pipes and fiddle duet, Patrick and Karen Cannady will open the concert.

Salon Concerts Chicago presents Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely perform on Friday, May 5 at 8pm in Room109. Tickets are $25 for Adults and children under 18 are free!


Recap – @cathieryan The Winter’s Heart – at the @iahcchicago December 8th #irishmusic


The 23rd Salon Concert featured Cathie Ryan and her band performing her new Christmas show, The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas.

Cathie is well known as a longtime member of Cherish the Ladies, the all-female traditional music group founded in New York by the effervescent, high-energy Joanie Madden. Cathie split with the group and has enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing 6 solo recordings of her own, her most recent effort, Through the Wind and Rain released in 2012.

Joining her were Patsy O’Brien, the highly accomplished guitarist who seems to be everywhere when it comes to recordings and tours, Patrick Mangan, a fine fiddler who first came to prominence as a Riverdance musician, and Kieran O’Hare, the gifted piper, flautist, and whistler and one time Chicago denizen now living in Portland, Maine.

Cathie’s show combined traditional carols in Irish and English along with some of her own originals and other recently composed material. Cathie interspersed the songs with stories of her childhood, Irish Christmas traditions, and Pre-Christian Irish Winter Solstice celebrations as well. Some of the songs were recastings of old carols with new lyrics, such as a version of English Wassailing Song, along with some more religious pieces such as the Wexford Carol. She told a particularly moving story about the Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange and how it formed part of the inspiration for an Irish Gaelic song by Altan frontwoman Mairead Ni Mhaoinaigh, which she then sang to a spellbound audience.

The band expertly accompanied her arrangements and was given ample opportunity to show their considerable skills on instrumentals, both as soloists and as an ensemble.

Our audience appeared to enjoy every minute of it, applauding enthusiastically between the numbers and lining up afterward to purchase CDs, obtain autographs, and chat with the performers. Cathie was especially gracious, taking time to talk with her many devoted fans even though the hour was late.

Thank you to our headliners and to John Halliburton, our sound engineer, for an evening of beautiful music.

Thanks also to our volunteers: Noel Rice, Karen Cook, Theresa Choske, Maryalice McCarthy, and Mary Moore for helping us make it all happen.

Also thanks to IAHC staff, especially Meg Buchanan and Kathy O’Neill, for their support and assistance.

Thank you to Ireland Tonight host Maryann McTeague Keifer, Windy City Irish Radio hosts Tim Taylor and Mike Shevlin, The Hegarty Irish Radio Show, Blarney on the Air host Shay Clarke, and The O’Connor Radio Show for their promotional assistance. Special thanks to Sean Ginnelly of the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for making time to interview Cathie on air in the weeks prior to the show, we really appreciated that!

Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart December 8th photos! #irishmusic #Christmasmusic

We wanted to share some photos with you from the great night we had on December 8, 2016 with Cathie Ryan’s The Winters Heart! Apologies for the blurry nature of the photos..

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Highly Anticipated Show: @cathieryan ‘s The Winter’s Heart! Thursday #IAHC #ChicagoIrish

“A lovely singer, with a great band, in a beautifully restored theater space at the Irish American Heritage Center. You better do your vocal exercises, I suspect some sing-along participation is likely. ;>)” – John Halliburton
“Really looking forward to this. Even the angels will have been stilled by the birth of new beginnings. That’s the power that a great singer brings. It is most blessed also in that it is interwoven into brilliant guitar piping ensemble. Ever- brightened then, the star of Christmas will guide the creative spirit on new never-ending journeys. New art vibes are cradled in resonance of silence in its aftermath .sweet solitudes of listeners will always make the great new stories that we tell. ” – Tim O’Sullivan
Tickets available here if you would like to see Cathie Ryan, this great singer presenting Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas at the Irish American Heritage Center this Thursday night!
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