“What a perfect old night it was. The craic was just huge and the music was hopping!” – Tim “The Bard” O’Sullivan (photo: John Daly and John Shine just before the session)
Stop by tonight for a chat and tunes with John Daly! Stop by at 6pm for Píobairí in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center and get some dinner!
John Daly and Anna Buckley – World Fiddle Day in May 2017! John will be in Chicago for Salon Concerts Chicago Presents: An Evening with John Daly
“Friends, John is one of the sweetest sounding fiddle players to ever grace my ears. His musical sensibilities are simply brilliant.” Terry Bermes is right folks!
Salon Concerts Chicago Presents
An Evening with John Daly
Saturday, September 9, 8pm Room 109
Join us for a low keyed evening of tea, scones, coffee, conversation, and tunes with Cork born fiddler John Daly.
Friends and family of this remarkable and accomplished fiddler all welcomed. The evening will feature a session led by John and his musician friends. There will also be a cash bar for those who prefer something a bit stronger.
$5 suggested donation
The Salon Concerts Chicago Series presented its seventeenth concert Friday night, November 6th, featuring fiddler John Daly of Burnfort, Mallow, County Cork and local fiddler and piano accompanist John Shine.
Longtime Irish American Heritage Center members may recall that Daly was a former Executive Director of the IAHC. He was also a very active member of the traditional music scene on Chicago’s north side for several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s before moving back to Ireland.
John played a number of selections from his self-titled CD, published in 2003, which drew on his influences, a mixture of styles heavily influenced by fiddle greats like Sean Maguire, Willie Hunter, Michael Coleman, Andy McGann, and Lad O’Beirne. John’s fine, strong tone was never impeded his rock solid, unwavering rhythm, his bowing by turns long, or short and choppy as the tunes demanded, his left hand executing detailed ornaments or simply wringing out a bit of vibrato with aplomb. Favorites included the Ed Reavey composition, “Love At the Endings,” Liz Carroll’s jig, “Princess Nancy,” and fine old traditional tunes like “DeVanney’s Goat,” “The Broken Pledge,” and others. His airs playing remains as exquisite as ever, notably “Love O’ The Isles,” a standout from his 2003 recording.
Throughout the performance, John was expertly accompanied on piano by Chicagoan John Shine , who also recorded along with several other accompanists on John’s CD. Shine’s accompaniment exuded a warmth and sensitivity for the material, never becoming monotonous despite the rhythmic demands of accompanying dance music. He varied his harmonies, chord voicings, and dynamics to allow the melodies room to breathe yet never lost the pulse.
After the conclusion of their set, both Johns were joined by local musicians Chris Bain, Brendan McKinney, Marta Cook, and others for a spontaneous session.
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 from the Academy of Irish Music Young Group and Performing Group.