Dervish with guest Frankie Gavin DeDannan Set! @MKEIrishFest #irishmusic #FrankieGavin


Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin, Dermot Byrne and Mick Conneely! @MKEIrishFest #irishmusic

Both Paddy Keenan and Frankie Gavin have performed in Salon Concerts for us. Mick Conneely, when he teamed up with David Munnelly, was one of the inspirations for the Salon Concerts series. Dermot has not done a Salon Concert for us (yet) with Yvonne Casey, but he could!

Don’t miss Paddy Keenan and Frankie Gavin @MKEIrishFest in August! Both did @SalonConcertsChi #irishmusic


Check out Paddy Keenan and Frankie Gavin, who both have done our Salon Concerts Chicago series, at Milwaukee Irish Fest in August! Don’t miss these two doing what they do best!

Listen NOW: @clarefm at for tracks from #Trian and Tommy McCarthy! #irishmusic

Traditional music and song coming up on The West Wind on Clare FM between 7 & 9 for anyone interested!
Julie Fowlis & Kathleen Boyle, Bríd O’Gorman, Fergal Scahill, Trian (Liz Carroll, Dáithí Sproule & Billy Mccomiskey), Vincie Boyle, Tommy Mccarthy & Louise Costello, Andrew Mac Namara & Geraldine Cotter…’ll hear from that gang and more!
Bíg’ sa chuideachta!



Happy Birthday Paddy Keenan! (with Eire Japan)! Maybe they will do a show in Chicago? #irishmusic

In honor of Paddy Keenan‘s birthday, we here at Salon Concerts Chicago wanted to wish him a mighty birthday and thank him for the superlative concert he did in May, 2016. Here is a clip of himself and Frankie Gavin (with Junji Shirota) as Éire Japan… hey maybe we can get this trio for a concert in 2017!

Listen TODAY after 7:10am CST! @ClareFM Lunchtime Sessions #irishmusic #UpTheBanner

Get tuned in to Clare FM this morning for some music from the Lunchtime Sessions during the Fleadh last summer. Here is a bit of what you will here after 7:10pm CST on or on TuneIn (search for Clare FM)
Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello Live on Clare FM 18/08/16
the radio.

Frankie Gavin interview @RTERadio1 December 18, 2016 #irishmusic


Frankie Gavin interview last Sunday, December 18, 2016

Frankie Gavin – Rob and Marian Heffernan

Legendary musician Frankie Gavin joined Miriam in studio to talk about his start in music at the age of four, growing up surrounded by music in his father’s pub and recording with The Rolling Stones!

And Rob and Marian Heffernan spoke about their success in athletics and what it was like to finally win that Olympic medal!


Recap – Frankie Gavin, @tommymccarthy11 and Louise Costello @iahcchicago #irishmusic #GavinMcCarthyCostello


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!

The 22nd Salon Concert featured headliners Frankie Gavin and Tommy Mccarthy with Louise Costello.

Frankie is well known as a founding member and front man of the legendary 70s and 80s super group De Dannan and as a virtuosic fiddler and multi-instrumentalist. Frankie has made several solo recordings over the years, including several in which he played all instruments in the recording – fiddle, flute, viola, accordion, and piano. He has a well-earned reputation for incandescent solo fiddling with blazing tempos and colorful, inventive use of variations.

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.