A Recap! Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan Salon Concert on May 24th 2018 “..combined an interesting and lively mix of Quebecois and Irish tunes throughout.”

We recently presented our 27th Salon Concert since late 2013, this time featuring Irish and French Canadian couple Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan. Sophie and Fiachra combined an interesting and lively mix of Quebecois and Irish tunes throughout the evening.
 
Highlights included an arrangement of a French Canadian song and dance music utilizing pipes, fiddle, Sophie’s voice, and banjo. Fiachra performed a unique version of the popular air “An Bonnan Bui” followed by an ornate setting of the Bucks of Oranmore on the pipes. Sophie also demonstrated some French Canadian fiddling with foot percussion expertly. It was a totally charming performance and our enthusiastic audience enjoyed themselves mightily.
Thank you to Sophie & Fiachra / Sophie & Fiachra Trio for an evening of beautiful music. Thanks again to our sound engineer, John Halliburton, for ensuring we could enjoy it all.
Thanks also to our door team, Mary Alice McCarthy and Mary Moore for helping make it all happen. Extra special thanks to Mary Alice for minding the kids!!
Thank you to Ireland Tonight with Maryann McTeague Keifer, The Hagerty Irish Radio Hour, The O’Connor Irish Radio Show, and the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for their promotional assistance, we appreciate it greatly.
Special thanks to Siobhainn O’Connor and Sean Ginnelly for taking time to interview Fiachra O’Regan on their radio shows as well.
We would also wish to say Thank You to the IAHC Board, especially President Geno Cooney, and also to the IAHC staff: Meg Buchanan and Kathy O’Neill.
Big Thanks to Laura Coyle for the outstanding artwork on our flyer.
#irishmusic #quebecoismusic Salon Concerts Chicago Karen Cook Patrick Cannady

 

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Coming up tomorrow, can’t wait! @SalonConcertChi May 24th Sophie and Fiachra #quebecoismusic #irishmusic

Salon Concerts Chicago proudly presents Irish and French Canadian duo, Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan, 7:30 PM Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Room 109.  Tickets $20 for IAHC Members, $23 for non-members. Children and teens 18 and under free.
Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.
Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie and the uilleann piping and banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan, who hails from the Connemara. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at its very best. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with, their respective musical traditions.
“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
Tickets here:

Join us this Thursday at 7:30pm for the Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan Salon Concert Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago #SalonConcertsChicago #irishmusic #quebecoismusic

Join us this Thursday at 7:30pm for the Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan Salon Concert!
Here is a sample of their music featuring whistle and fiddle and Quebecois footwork – Whistle Tunes – Mémoire et racines 2015
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Thanks Québec Government Office in Chicago @QcChicago for sharing! @SalonConcertChi May 24th Sophie and Fiachra #quebecoismusic #irishmusic

Salon Concerts Chicago proudly presents Irish and French Canadian duo, Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan, 7:30 PM Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Room 109.  Tickets $20 for IAHC Members, $23 for non-members. Children and teens 18 and under free.
Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.
Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecois Sophie Lavoie and the uilleann piping and banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan, who hails from the Connemara. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at its very best. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with, their respective musical traditions.
“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

Thanks Hagerty Irish Hour for sharing! @SalonConcertChi May 24th Sophie and Fiachra @ffiachra #quebecoismusic #irishmusic

Salon Concerts Chicago proudly presents Irish and French Canadian duo, Sophie Lavoie and Fiachra O’Regan, 7:30 PM Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Room 109.  Tickets $20 for IAHC Members, $23 for non-members. Children and teens 18 and under free.
Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.
Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie and the uilleann piping and banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan, who hails from the Connemara. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at its very best. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with, their respective musical traditions.
“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

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

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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.

Thanks to Francis O’Neill Club Chicago Ceili and Set Dancing: @cathieryan ‘s The Winter’s Heart #irishmusic

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Thanks to Francis O’Neill Club – Chicago Ceili and Set Dancing for sharing this information about the next Salon Concert: Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas Thursday, September 8, 2016 !

Acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas through music, featuring Ryan’s heart-stirring vocals and the virtuoso musicianship of Patsy O’Brien on guitar and vocals, Patrick Mangan on fiddle and vocals and Kieran O’Hare on uilleann pipes, flute and whistles.

From ethereal hymns to exuberant jigs and reels, the concert honors Irish Christmas traditions including placing candles in windows, hunting for the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, Nollaig na mBan; (Women’s Christmas), and the rituals of the Winter Solstice.

The Performing Group from the Academy of Irish Music will open the concert.

The concert is Thursday, December 8 at 8pm in the Irish American Heritage Center’s Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for adults and children 18 and under are $10. To purchase tickets, click below, call 773-282-7035, ext. 10 or purchase at the door.

http://www.irish-american.org/event/the-winters-heart-an-irish-american-christmas/

Midwest USA Tour: Gavin / McCarthy / Costello – Chicago Nov 12th #irishmusic @iahcchicago

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Looking forward to hitting the road next week with Louise Costello & Frankie Gavin.
Here are a list of our November mid western gigs.

Wednesday 9th
Cafe Paradiso
Fairfield, Iowa

Thursday 10th
The Richmond Community hall
Richland Michigan

Friday 11th
Celtic Junction
St Paul
Minnesota

Sat 12th
Irish American heritage centre
Chicago

Sunday 13th
Gaelic club
Detroit
Michigan

Monday 13th
Natalie’s coal fired pizza
Worthington
Ohio

Tuesday 14th
Little arts Centre
Yellow Springs
Ohio

Wednesday 15th
Pj McIntyre’s
Cleveland
Ohio

Thursday 16th
The upper boat
Champagne
Illinois

Friday 17th
John Seest’s
Music room
Indianapolis
Indiana

Saturday 18th
The music library
Lafayette
Louisiana .

Thanks @irishradio_ for support! Gavin, McCarthy and Costello Salon Concert! #IAHC #irishmusic

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Thanks to the O’Connor Irish Radio Show for support! Frankie Gavin with Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello Salon Concert

Tickets here: http://irish-american.org/event/gavinmccarthycostello-salon-concert/