Billy McComiskey and Cormac de Barra – Joanie Madden Cruises #irishmusic #box #harp #irishmusic



A previous Salon Concert Performer (from 2016 with Moya Brennan ) Cormac de Barra pictured here with the next Salon Concert Performer Billy McComiskey (April 20th with Trian featuring Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey & Dáithí Sproule). Looks like the Joanie Cherish Cruises have a stellar entertainment lineup! Thanks to Marianne Mangan for this great shot!

Thanks to Chicago Cultural Alliance! Share of: Salon Concert: Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart #irishmusic


Thanks to Chicago Cultural Alliance for including the Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas in their Newsletter and on their website!

“Overwhelmed at the moment, but now more than ever, we need a reminder of joy is still an option. Frankie’s music is all that and more, to say the least… TONIGHT!” Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, Iowa 8pm!”



Overwhelmed at the moment, but now more than ever, we need a reminder of joy is still an option. Frankie’s music is all that and more, to say the least… TONIGHT!” Shared from Tim Britton! Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, Iowa 8pm!”

“Back in the mid 70s when super groups such as The Bothy Band and Planxty were first smashing traditional Irish music through the glass walls around popular culture, a group of young geniuses quietly drove audiences into a frenzy with their combo of relaxed backbeat pocket and razor sharp intensity. While various luminaries revolved through their ranks over the ensuing decades, the vice grips virtuosity of fiddler and flute player Frankie Gavin was always center stage.

At the age of seventeen, Frankie won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. He has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland and over the years played and recorded with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menhuin.

At 8pm on Wednesday Nov. 9th, Frankie will take his irrepressible effervescence to Café Paradiso in Fairfield, accompanied by fiddler Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello on banjo.

Tickets are $20 in advance (available online and at Cafe Paradiso) or $25 at the show.”


Recap of 20th Salon Concert – @moyaclannad and @cormacharper August 17, 2016 @iahcchicago



The 20th Salon Concert featured headliners Moya Brennan – First Lady of Celtic Music and Cormac de Barra, who presented a stunning program of traditional harp music and Gaelic songs. The listeners sat enthralled for two sets of Moya and Cormac’s enchanting, otherworldly sounds. Moya’s soft, high, breathy soprano was often joined by Cormac’s baritone and expert harp accompaniment, evoking the atmosphere of a medieval court or cathedral.

Moya, who hails from Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal and now resides in Dublin, came from a large family of traditional singers and musicians and is a founding member of the legendary Irish folk group Clannad. She has also had a successful solo career, releasing numerous studio recordings over the years while participating in many successful collaborations, including artists such as the Chieftains, Bono, and Paul Brady. She also has significant film and television sound recording projects among her accomplishments. The most successful of the latter was Clannad’s Emmy-winning title cut for the 1980s British television show “Harry’s Game,” which she sang to an absolutely hushed crowd at one point in our evening.

Like Moya, Cormac de Barra also hails from a large musical family, but from Dublin with Cork roots in his case. Cormac is a highly accomplished harpist with a long list of plaudits, including competition victories, a personal performance for the Emperor of Japan, residencies with major theatrical productions, and eight studio albums, including several with Moya Brennan. Cormac’s performance on the night included a note-perfect rendition of O’Carolan’s Concerto, a well-known, much-loved harp piece from the early 1700s. He also provided accompanying vocals on many numbers, adding a choral touch to the shimmering sound of the harps.

They gave an encore and stayed late afterward to talk with fans and autograph CDs, a gesture everyone much appreciated.

The duo was preceded on stage by a young performing group from the Academy of Irish Music, who displayed their recent musical growth with aplomb.

The next Salon Concert will feature a young, exciting trio from the Isle of Man, Barrule, on Sunday, September 18th, tickets $20 available now at 

Doors open at 6PM and the concert begins at 7PM.

Thank you to Moya and Cormac, the Academy young group, 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, Brian Donovan, Theresa Choske, Mary Alice McCarthy, Caroline Sengh, Mary Moore, and our box office team for making it all happen. Theresa, Mary Alice, and Caroline deserve special thanks for setting up a beautiful tea service in the green room for our headliners.

Thank you to Windy City Irish Radio hosts Tim Taylor and Mike Shevlin, Ireland Tonight host Maryann McTeague Keifer, The Hegarty Irish Radio Show, The O’Connor Radio Show, and the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for their promotional assistance, we appreciate it greatly.

We would also wish to say Thank you to the IAHC Board, especially Geno Cooney and Mike Hamman, and also to the IAHC staff: Laurel, Laura, Rick, Meg Buchanan, Kathy O’Neilll, and Ellen Folan for all their help. Big Thanks to Laura Coyle for the outstanding artwork on our poster!


This is @moyaclannad w @cormacharper discussing solo career and w @clannadmusic #irishmusic #harps #voices

Moya Brennan speaking to Cormac de Barra about her career as a solo artist and with Clannad.
From the show ‘Imeall’ on TG4.

The Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra Salon Concert is TONIGHT at 8pm in the Fifth Province Lounge. Tickets are $20 for adults, and teens and children 18 and under are free. You can purchase tickets at the door. There will be dinner served off the new menu before the show!

Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra – The Lass of Aughrim #irishmusic

Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra – The Lass of Aughrim- at the Steeple Sessions 18th June 2013 – Catch Moya Brennan – First Lady of Celtic Music and Voice of Clannad Music and celebrated harper Cormac de Barra as part of our ongoing Salon Concerts Chicago Series at the Irish American Heritage Center tonight 8pm! Get your tickets at the Door!  $20 and children 18 and under are free!