In May: great @SalonConcertChi w #KevinCrawford #CillianVallely – back in Sept: @lunasaband #WMFChicago

We had a great Salon Concerts Chicago in May with Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely and we are looking forward to their return in September with Lunasa as part of World Music Festival Chicago at the Irish American Heritage Center!

Recap: Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely Salon Concert May 5, 2017 @lunasaband @KClunasa

Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely did a great show!

May 5, 2017

Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely

Hello, all, we’ve been a little slow to get this recap out, it was a terribly busy spring with work related travel and other obligations eating up our time. We are very proud of our two most recent concert events and their outcomes, and that they illustrate our mission as a team very well: to build the Irish American Heritage Center‘s cultural and social capital by creating social happenings around intimate presentations of great traditional music, performed by the best traditional musicians alive.

Our May 5, 2017 concert featured the mighty Lúnasa bandmates, Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely. Both are renowned the world over for their long association with Lunasa, and individually for various projects and bands they have been involved with over their careers.

For example, Kevin was involved in the rollicking 90s band, Moving Cloud, and more recently made waves as a member of the The Teetotallers, a collaboration with Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill, and John Doyle. Kevin’s two solo recordings, The D Flute Album and In Good Company are must-haves for fans of traditional flute playing. Kevin’s reputation for high-flying, powerful, technically immaculate and soulful wooden flute and whistle playing is second to none. He is also a first-rate raconteur and keeps audiences laughing between the tunes.

Cillian’s resume is no less illustrious. Prior to Lunasa, the Armagh-born Uilleann piper and whistle player toured with the band Whirligig. He has made over 40 different studio recordings with a variety of artists, from pop stars like Natalie Merchant and Bruce Springsteen to intimate, solo and duet instrumental recordings of traditional music with friends and family, such as his duet CD with brother, Niall, called Callan Bridge, and another with Kevin, On Common Ground. He just released a solo CD, The Raven’s Rock, in 2016, which features many of his own compositions as well as old piping favorites.

Their set on this evening was a stripped down affair, devoid of the stellar accompaniment usually provided by Lunasa bandmates Trevor Hutchinson and Ed Boyd. But it lacked nothing in terms of variety, excitement, or emotional power. The two took turns soloing and backing each other, utilizing the full palettes of the instruments available to them. For instance, Cillian used his drones and regulators at various points to accompany Kevin’s playing on the flute or whistle, only bringing the chanter in at an important transition. Other times they executed intricate, harmonized duets on combinations of whistles, flutes, and pipes. In addition to his (as usual) stunningly in tune D pipes, Cillian also made use of a C chanter, notable for its buttery, softer tones, while Kevin would play a C flute, to expand the tonal range of the overall performance beyond just the keys of D and G. Clever arrangements, and lively, good-humored banter, kept our audience enthralled for 80 minutes, and wanting more, even after an encore.

Our great thanks to Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely for the wonderful music and for taking so much time to talk to our patrons after the concert, that was truly very kind and much appreciated.

Thanks to our local Irish radio programs for their support in promoting the concert: Good Morning Ireland Radio Show, Ireland Tonight, Blarney on the Air, O’Connor Irish Radio Show, The CRAIC at Irish American Heritage Center- WSBC 1240AM Sat. 8-9PM, and Windy City Irish Radio.

Also, many thanks to: Noel Rice, John Halliburton, Geno Cooney, Meg Buchanan, Kathy O’Neill, Karen Cook, Maryann McTeague Keifer, Sean Ginnelly, Mike Shevlin, Tim Taylor, Mike Houlihan, Shay Clarke, AND especially the volunteer ladies at the table, Mary, Mary Alice, Darryl, without whom the evening could not have happened.

Porthole of the Kelp and Maghera Mountain – The Arkins with Eileen Gannon #irishmusic @SalonConcertChi

Nice video from the night of July 1st featuring the Salon Concert performers: Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon!

Tonight! Free! Eimear and Conor Arkins w Eileen Gannon @iahcchicago #irishmusic

Join us in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center for a special appearance by Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon, Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8pm. Free. Presented by the Fifth Province Pub and Salon Concerts Chicago.

Eimear Arkins is an award winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare, holds no less than 11 All-Ireland titles across a variety of competition categories and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and North America with a number of bands, including Cherish the Ladies. In 2015, both Eimear and Eileen represented Ireland at World Expo in Milan, Italy.

Conor Arkins is an accomplished piano, fiddle, flute, and saxophone player. He is a member if the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and recently completed a tour of Ireland and Great Britain with the orchestra’s production of Macalla 1916. Conor has also toured Europe and the US and in 2015 accompanied the President of Ireland at the World Expo in Milan.

Eileen Gannon, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades, including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Eileen has toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week.

Thanks Francis O’Neill Club for including Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon #irishmusic #IAHC

Thanks to the Francis O’Neill Club – Chicago Ceili and Set Dancing Club for sharing the Eimear & Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon Salon Concerts Chicago Concert – Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center – Saturday, July 1
 
Join us in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center for a special appearance by Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon, Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8pm. Free. Presented by the Fifth Province Pub and Salon Concerts Chicago.
Eimear Arkins is an award winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare, holds no less than 11 All-Ireland titles across a variety of competition categories and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, and North America with a number of bands, including Cherish the Ladies. In 2015, both Eimear and Eileen represented Ireland at World Expo in Milan, Italy.
Conor Arkins is an accomplished piano, fiddle, flute, and saxophone player. He is a member if the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and recently completed a tour of Ireland and Great Britain with the orchestra’s production of Macalla 1916. Conor has also toured Europe and the US and in 2015 accompanied the President of Ireland at the World Expo in Milan.
Eileen Gannon, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades, including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Eileen has toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week.

Chicago Friends! @iahcchicago for Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon Saturday! Free!

From Eimear Arkins: “Chicago friends! Eileen, Conor and I are playing at the Irish American Heritage Center this coming Saturday as part of Salon Concerts Chicago. We’ll be saying goodbye to Conor as he heads back to Ireland on Sunday AND we’ll be celebrating the launch of Eileen Gannon – Harpist‘s debut solo album! It would be great to see some familiar faces!”

Give @EileenGannon ‘s New Facebook Page a “Like” #harpmusic #irishmusic

 

Give Eileen Gannon – Harpist Facebook Page a Like! Her CD is available through this Page. She will be in Chicago Saturday 8pm at the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center and she will have copies of this new CD!

https://www.facebook.com/eileengannonharpist/

Thx for sharing @iahcchicago @eimeararkins w @ConorJArkins @EileenGannon July 1st!

Thanks to the Irish American Heritage Center for sharing this beautiful video of Eimear Arkins! Stop by the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center THIS Saturday 8pm for more from herself, Conor Arkins and Eileen Gannon!

Eimear Arkins travels the globe as a cultural ambassador performing traditional Irish music. Her talents have earned 10 world-championship titles. Here she is with traditional song “Flower Of Magherally.” She is joined by Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon, Saturday, July 1 at 8pm in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center. Free

https://youtu.be/-YcN4nunFZQ

Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon 8pm July 1st 5th Province #IAHC

Salon Concerts presents Eimear and Conor Arkins with Eileen Gannon on Saturday, July 1 at 8pm in the Fifth Province.

Eimear Arkins is an award-winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare, holds 11 All-Ireland titles across a variety of competition categories and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada and North America with a number of bands, including Cherish the Ladies.

Conor Arkins is an accomplished piano, fiddle, flute and saxophone player. He is a member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and recently completed a tour of Ireland and Great Britain with the orchestra’s production of Macalla 1916.

Eileen Gannon is one of the top Irish harpers in the world. She has won numerous accolades, including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. She has toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week.

This special evening of music is free.

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