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!




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
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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.

Great concert with Frankie Gavin, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello Saturday night! Watch This Space! #irishmusic #IAHC


Great concert with Frankie Gavin, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello Saturday night! Watch This Space for more photos and a recap of the night!!

Saturday! Gavin / McCarthy / Costello call @CHIrishRadio Good Morning Ireland 2:15pm #irishmusic #WCEV

Tune in to AM 1450 WCEV for the Good Morning Ireland Show Saturday after 2:15pm when Frankie Gavin, Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello call in on the way down after a Friday night concert appearance at the Celtic Junction Arts Center.
Have a listen as they chat with Sean Ginnelly live! You can use your AM Radio, the TuneIn App or online at
Tickets now available at the door, $20 for adults, children 18 and under are free!

Thanks @iahcchicago – On #TBT enjoy super vintage clip – Frankie Gavin! Chicago Nov 12th! #irishmusic

On #TBT, enjoy this super vintage clip of Frankie Gavin. We’re looking forward to his return to the #IAHC on 11/12 for another round of Salon Concerts Chicago. Gavin is joined by Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello. Click here for tix and info.


Frankie Gavin interview – some insights! – in Chicago Nov 12th! #irishmusic #IAHC

Frankie Gavin On Tour – Interview: In case you might want to know more about this mighty fiddler, here is an short interview with him! Thanks to Tim Britton for sharing it! Fiddle Legend Frankie Gavin at Café Paradiso tonight in Iowa, will be joining us in Chicago this Saturday, 8pm Irish American Heritage Center!


“Overwhelmed at the moment, but now more than ever, we need a reminder of joy is still an option. Frankie’s music is all that and more, to say the least… TONIGHT!” Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, Iowa 8pm!”



Overwhelmed at the moment, but now more than ever, we need a reminder of joy is still an option. Frankie’s music is all that and more, to say the least… TONIGHT!” Shared from Tim Britton! Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield, Iowa 8pm!”

“Back in the mid 70s when super groups such as The Bothy Band and Planxty were first smashing traditional Irish music through the glass walls around popular culture, a group of young geniuses quietly drove audiences into a frenzy with their combo of relaxed backbeat pocket and razor sharp intensity. While various luminaries revolved through their ranks over the ensuing decades, the vice grips virtuosity of fiddler and flute player Frankie Gavin was always center stage.

At the age of seventeen, Frankie won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. He has played for four American presidents, starting, as a seven-year old, when he played for John F. Kennedy on his 1962 visit to Ireland and over the years played and recorded with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menhuin.

At 8pm on Wednesday Nov. 9th, Frankie will take his irrepressible effervescence to Café Paradiso in Fairfield, accompanied by fiddler Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello on banjo.

Tickets are $20 in advance (available online and at Cafe Paradiso) or $25 at the show.”