The Salon Concerts Chicago series presented its sixteenth concert Saturday night, October 24th, featuring David Power, an uilleann piper from Dungarvan, Waterford and renowned Chicago native, guitarist Dennis Cahill , as headliners.
The all-ages, enthusiastic crowd was treated to David’s exemplary musicianship on both concert and flat pitch uilleann pipes. He was ably accompanied by Dennis’s spare, lyrical guitar playing. Highlights of the evening included a beautiful air, “Ur Chnoc Chein Mhic Chainte,” a love song from County Tyrone. A central part of David’s performance featured “The Eighteen Moloney,” an antique chanter made in Kilrush, County Clare around 1830 by Thomas and Andrew Moloney. David plays the chanter as part of a full set of B pipes and recorded his most recent CD (appropriately named “The Eighteen Moloney”) with it exclusively. The low purr of the B pipes and the sweet, almost ghostly quality of the old chanter were especially powerful, particularly in the descriptive piece “Gol na mBan San’ Ar” and its companion jig “Cnoc an Teampaill.” The duo was also joined by piano accordionist Jimmy Keane for one set of reels.
The Salon Concert Series is dedicated to presenting the finest artists in Irish traditional music in a family-friendly, polite listening environment. The concert series is also dedicated to creating and sustaining a knowledgeable audience, and nurturing young musicians by providing them with performance opportunities. To further these ends, children and teens 18 and under receive free admission and the concerts always open with brief performances by young people.
Saturday’s concert was in the Irish American Heritage Center ‘s Shanachie Room (Room 109), a classroom converted to a performance venue with a raised stage, lighting, live sound, and seating.
The concert began with performances from the Academy of Irish Music’s junior and senior groups. Both the junior and senior groups play fiddles, viola, cello, flute, whistle, bodhran and guitar. Both groups perform arrangement of their own creation and feature harmonies, semi-improvised passages, and snippets of melody from other genres.
The Academy were followed by a brief appearance from Salon Concerts Chicago organizers Patrick and Karen Cannady pipes n fiddle (piob agus fidil) with guitarist and bouzouki player, Donald Terao. They were joined by one of Patrick’s whistle students, Lily Hey, age 10, for a set of slides with her teacher and Donald accompanying. The trio’s brief set also included slip jigs and a Carolan piece, which were received very warmly.
Special thanks to Noel Rice, John Halliburton, Nancy Moore, and Mary Moore for helping to make this great evening happen. Also it was great to see former Salon Concert performers Tim O’Sullivan and Bill O’Donoghue – thanks for your support!
Also, mile buiochas to Shay Clarke ( Blarney on the Air), Sean Ginnelly (Good Morning Ireland Radio Show) , Siobhan O’Connor ( O’Connor Irish Radio Show), Tim Taylor, Mike Shevlin (Windy City Irish Radio), and Erik Carlson (A Feast Of Irish Folk) for granting us some promotional time on your radio programs.