Thanks, Chicago Patch – #‎irishfestchicago‬ – top 5 things to do this weekend! #irishmusic



Thanks, Chicago Patch for the naming ‪#‎irishfestchicago‬ among the top 5 things to do this weekend!


Updated Saturday Schedule – Library #irishculture #irishmusic #IAHF #IrishFestChicago


Salon Concerts Chicago presents – Words, Music & Song – In The Library


Traditional Music
Traditional Singing
Presentations on Irish Language, History, and Folklore

1:00 – 2:00
Anam Cara – Story Telling
Lyn Christy, Kathy O’Neill, Theresa Choske

2:00 – 2:30
Tim O’Sullivan – Songs & Recitations
From the Irish Tradition

2:30 – 3:00
Academy – Young Group – Traditional Irish Music –
Harp Pieces – Song Tunes – Dance Tunes

3:00 – 3:30
Pat & Karen Cannady – Uilleann Pipes & Fiddle

3:30 – 4:00
Aine Meenaghan – Sean-Nos Songs in Gaelic

4:00 – 4:30
Readings from the 1916 Rebellion
Christina Thodos, Jon Schickedanz, Hilary Holbrook
Elizabeth Ellis

Kelly Shea Doherty – Irish Language Presentation

5:00 – 6:00
Academy – Performing Group
Traditional tunes arranged for ensemble playing.


On the 3rd Floor:
Maureen Smith will be showing the Irish film (Cumann na mBan- Mná na Réabhlóide) in Room 309 at 3:00pm

Saturday: Art Gallery and Museum will be open 1-5 pm.

More about IrishFest:

Celebrate all things Irish at the 31st annual Irish American Heritage Festival.

Irish Fest is July 8, 9 and 10 and showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival directly supports and is held on the grounds of the Center and is one of its largest fundraisers.

A free shuttle runs from the Center to a remote lot at Wilson and Lamon.
Friday: 5pm-1:30am
Saturday: 11am-1:30am
Sunday: 9:30am-12:30am

Fest hours are: 6pm to 1am on July 8, noon to 1am on July 9, and 11am to midnight on July 10.

Friday, 7/8-$8
Saturday, 7/9-$15
Sunday, 7/10-$15

Children 4-12-$5 each day
Under 4-Free

To purchase tickets, click below or buy at the door.

Looking back – 3rd – Sheila Doorley, Patrick Quinn and Frank Quinn #irishmusic #IAHC


The 3rd Concert featured Sheila Doorley, Patrick Quinn and Frank Quinn who did did a stellar job in 2014 and again in 2015! Here is their poster from January 2015! They are very active session leaders all over town, including (but not limited to) The Corrib Irish Pub, O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, Galway Arms, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro and the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center

October Salon Concert: David Power and Dennis Cahill @iahcchicago #irishmusic

David Power,photo by Con Kelleher

Salon Concerts Chicago presents David Power, uilleann pipes, flute, whistle, and songs, with Dennis Cahill, guitars and mandolin.

David Power (pictured) is one of the foremost uilleann pipers of his generation. In the hands of a master like Power, the sound of the pipes evokes many emotions: sadness, joy, remorse, historical memory and more. Power’s abundant talent and technical prowess kindles all of these within a solid and sensitive musicality that is rarely heard. Power has won All-Ireland and Oireachtas piping competitions and has represented Ireland at many festivals abroad.

Power has many theatrical performing credits, including appearances on Broadway and has produced three critically acclaimed solo recordings, “My Love Is In America,” “The Glen Nephin Cuckoo,” and “The Eighteen Moloney.”

Power has also been a member of several groups, including Liam Clancy’s “Fairweather Band,” “Gorumna,” and more recently, Masters of Tradition, which toured in the U.S. in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Chicago native Dennis Cahill is considered one of the world’s finest guitarists in traditional Irish music. His unique playing, accompaniment, and arranging are acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. He has played for presidents and prime ministers. “Brilliant” (NPR) and “crucial” (Folk Roots UK) are some of the descriptions of his spare, essential playing.

With special guests: Patrick and Karen Cannady on uilleann pipes and fiddle will be guest musicians at the performance. They will be joined by Donald Terao.

Patrick and Karen are a Chicago-based couple and lifelong musicians who perform regularly in the Chicago, and at festivals across the US. Patrick is rapidly approaching 20 years of piping with many years’ prior experience on the saxophone and tin whistle. Karen has played violin since childhood and became interested in Irish fiddling in the mid-1990s. Together, they undertook to learn the Irish music they found here in Chicago, absorbing traditional melodies from musicians who hailed from Clare, Galway, Mayo, and Sligo. Their music is spare, expressive, and rhythmic, with harmonies supplied by the interplay of drones, regulators, and double stops.

The Academy of Irish Music will open the concert. The David Power and Dennis Cahill Salon Concert is Saturday, October 24 at 8pm.

Tickets are $20 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or at the door. This concert is made possible by Culture Ireland.

Next Salon Concert April 17th, Liz Carroll and Jake Charron – #irishmusic



Liz press release


for immediate release

 Liz Carroll, with Jake Charron

at the Irish American Heritage Center

Friday, April 17, 2015, 8pm

4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago, Illinois

 Liz Carroll, Champion Irish Fiddler and Composer, in Concert with Jake Charron

Liz Carroll, whose accolades include a Grammy nomination and a lifetime achievement award in Ireland for her traditional music compositions, appears in a concert on  Friday, April 17, 2015, presented by Salon Concerts Chicago at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox, Chicago, Illinois.

Tickets: $20, children 18 and under are free.  Purchase online:

Liz is rightly considered one of the world’s most important musical artists, honored for her compositions, her fiery musical performances, as well as her recordings. She is pleased to be joined in this concert by the multi-instrumentalist Jake Charron, on guitar and keyboards.

“Dazzling…her inventiveness and creativity are astonishing. And her playing is impeccably clean, intense, and altogether brilliant.” Sing Out

Liz Carroll was born in Chicago of Irish parents. She’s a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. She’s featured on eleven albums and has appeared on many more, and in 2009 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy. In addition, Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award, which was bestowed by Hillary Clinton. 2010 brought the publication of Liz’s first book of compositions, “Collected.” It’s a compilation of Liz’s musical past, as well as a promise for the future – a past and future honored in 2011 with Ireland’s most revered traditional music prize, the Cumadóir TG4 (Composer of the Year!).

Liz’s most recent album, 2013’s “On the Offbeat,” has been strongly praised by critics. Siobhan Long of The Irish Times called it a “magnificent collection” and gave it her highest five star rating. Devon Leger of the web site The Bluegrass Situation exclaimed in her hands, the tunes sparkle with life, winding and wending around the most unexpected and surprising corners. This is the kind of album only a true master can make.

 Liz is joined by multi-instrumentalist Jake Charron. Whether on keyboards or guitar, Jake has been in high demand as a touring and recording musician, collaborating with award-winning artists around the world, including with Liz, Troy MacGillivray, Shane Cook, and a newly formed trio from Eastern Canada, The East Pointers. This past year, he released a duo album with Shane Cook, entitled “Head to Head,” and a self-titled album with The East Pointers, which has been nominated for a 2015 East Coast Music Award.

 Liz Carroll is pleased to be performing at the Irish-American Heritage Center, where she has performed many times, including the album release concert for Lost in the Loop, Liz’s now classic 2000 album. Salon Concert Chicago is excited to have Liz Carroll and Jake Charron perform as part of their successful series of Salon Concerts, with this concert the eleventh in the series so far!

This concert promises to be musically thrilling – don’t miss Liz Carroll with Jake Charron!

Salon Concerts Presents: Ceoltoiri Chicago


Ceoltóirí Chicago returns to the Fifth Province Lounge this January, as a part of the monthly Salon Concert Series.

Ceoltóirí Chicago is a four piece Chicago-based ensemble that has forged their vigorous and lively sound for more than a decade of playing for set dancing throughout the Midwest, appearing all over Chicagoland and headlining the set dancing stage at the 2013 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

The band features Joe Sheehan on accordion, Seán Cleland  on fiddle, John Shine on piano and Tommy Masterson on drums. They will be joined by special guests at their Salon series debut: Jim DeWan on guitar, bouzouki and vocals, and Jonathan Whitall, from the band Chicago Reel) on keyboard and fiddle.

Ceoltóirí Chicago’s music encompasses the windswept polkas and slides of Sliabh Luachra, the lovely flowing music of Sheehan’s home in County Clare, and the great driving music of the City of Chicago, where Cleland, Masterson and Shine learned to play from countless immigrant musicians.

The IAHC Salon Concerts are opportunities to be among friends to listen to Irish music, played by talented musicians, in an intimate, friendly, setting.

The Ceoltóirí Chicago Salon Concert is Friday, January 10 at 8pm. The opening act is a group of young dancers and musicians from the Irish Music School of Chicago.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $12 for adults and children 18 and under are free.

Mission of the Salon Concert Series

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The Salon Concert is a monthly presentation of Irish Traditional Culture in an informal setting. The program features mature exponents of Irish music. The Youth Showcase presents accomplished young players.

Long before Concert Halls, folks would invite their friends and relatives to their homes to hear a noted musician or the latest composition.

Irish cultural history tells us about the traveling harpers: Carolan, Carrol O’Daly, Roy Dall O’Cathain, and the Connelan Brothers, who shared music and news.