“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)
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.
Thanks to Windy City Irish Radio for support of our ongoing Salon Concerts Chicago series! Looking forward to seeing you Friday at the next Concert featuring John Daly and John Shine at the Irish American Heritage Center! Have a listen to the podcast of the show here! http://ow.ly/UjwOI
There is a lot of interest in this show! You can get tickets in advance right here:
Salon Concerts Chicago presents Irish fiddle player John Daly in concert. He will be joined by Chicago accompanist John Shine on piano.
Born in Burnfort, County Cork in 1963, John Daly learned the fiddle at age twelve from Limerick music teacher, Sean O’Carroll. He was introduced to Kerry fiddle player Johnny Cronin by his father in the 80’s, and became interested in the playing of Andy McGann from New York and Longford man Paddy Reynolds. In the late 80’s, he became aware of Shetland fiddle master, Willie Hunter, who became his strongest influence in the playing of Scottish and Shetland slow airs.
Daly has performed in concerts and conducted workshops in Iceland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. He lived in Chicago for several years, where he made his first solo recording. He now lives in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim.
John Shine was born in Dublin and grew up on Chicago’s South Side. He learned fiddle as a boy, spending significant time with senior members of the South Side community of musicians, such as Phil Durkin, Martin Byrne, Aine Scully, Albert Neary and Nancy Neary. He performs as a piano accompanist at the Center’s monthly ceili dances. Shine plays piano with Ceoltoiri Chicago, an ensemble that has forged a vigorous and lively sound for more than a decade, playing for set dancing events throughout the Midwest.
The John Daly Salon Concert is Friday, November 6 at 8pm. The Academy of Irish Music Performing Group will open the concert.
Tickets are $15 for adults and children 18 and under are free. To purchase tickets,