#TBT Thx @iahcchicago sharing Chicago Reel, 1st @SalonConcertsChi in 2013! #irishmusic

On #TBT, enjoy this clip from the first ever concert in the Salon Concerts Chicago series in December 2013 with Chicago Reel. Stay tuned for more great music as this series continues in 2017.

For the last day of 2016, we are looking back on the 1st Salon Concert w Chicago Reel! #irishmusic

For the last day of 2016, we are remember the 1st Salon Concers Chicago with Chicago Reel! It was quite a lively show as you can see! December 13, 2013 – in honor of Joe O’Shea.. Gerry Carey and Pauline Conneely both dedicated sets to him. (The next concert will be our 24th)

RECAP: Salon Concerts Chicago Presents #irishmusic #irishculture @IAHF @iahcchicago

SalonConcertIrishFest2016

 

RECAP – Salon Concerts Chicago Presents – Words, Music and Song in the Library of the Irish American Heritage Center

 

The Salon Concerts Chicago presented a series of lectures, readings, musical performances, and introductory classes as part of the cultural content of the July 9-10, 2016 Irish American Heritage Fest at the IAHC.  The programs were held in the south room of the Library on the Center’s second floor, opposite the Tea Room.  Both days featured a full lineup of presenters starting at 1PM and continuing until 6PM.  The south room was arranged in a classroom format, with seats facing the south wall, with enough space in the southernmost end to accommodate a sound system, a lectern, and several chairs used by the various presenters.

Both days commenced with readings of short stories and excerpts penned by members of Anam Cara, the Center’s creative writing circle. Their writings were full of life, humor, and touching moments, displaying a great deal of craft and sensitivity.

Saturday featured musical performances by two groups from the Academy of Irish Music, which teaches young people to create arranged pieces out of traditional melodies, employing harmony, dynamics, and rhythm in a manner akin to orchestral music.  The early group included young performers while the later group consisted of its most senior members. The young group brought zest and energy to their performances, while the older performing group displayed their maturity with a gentle, almost tender sound at times before launching into dance melodies.  The younger group performed on Sunday at the conclusion of the program as well.

Saturday also included popular songs of the early 1900s performed ably by Eamonn McDonagh accompanied by Joe Cullen. Their material was chosen in particular with a mind to the 1916 Easter Rising and its aftermath, and contained many songs that would have been in popular circulation at the time. Eamonn sang with power and great feeling over Joe’s expert piano accordion accompaniment. Eamonn also gave a stirring reading of the 1916 Proclamation of Irish Freedom on Sunday.

Also on Saturday, there was a performance of traditional Irish dance music on the uilleann pipes and fiddle by Patrick and Karen Cannady accompanied, by Steve Ponisciak on piano. Their performance included material collected from Chicago’s community of immigrant traditional musicians. The performance featured strong rhythms, “lift,” moments of lyricism, and sweetness, all enabled by the interplay between the chanter, fiddle, and piano. On Sunday, Patrick also gave a presentation on the workings and history of the uilleann pipes with a demonstration of some of its repertoire.  The audience was keenly interested, as most had never seen the instrument in person.

Both days featured the imaginative and dramatic storytelling of local Seanach Tim O’ Sullivan, of Killarney.  Tim regaled his audience with larger than life stories of Saint Patrick and pre-Christian Ireland, recitations of W.B. Yeats poems, and songs.

Novelist Arthur Cola also gave readings of his work and presented on his latest project, a complex novel with interwoven plot lines about 19th century life around Doonagore, Clare.

The program for both days also included a short introductory class to modern Irish Gaelic presented by teachers from Na Gael, the Center’s Irish Language program.

Also on both days, a group of thespians gave dramatic readings of letters and speeches contemporary to the 1916 Rising, including writings from many of the Rebellion’s ringleaders. Highlights included orations from James Connolly and a letter from Countess Markiewicz.

Sunday featured a fascinating demonstration of Irish harp music and a presentation on its history and traditions by Marta Cook. Marta performed several pieces from famous Irish harpists and composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.

The various presentations, performances, classes, and recitations kept an audience throughout the day, with people coming and going, and the Library was never empty.  The audiences would come in, linger a while, leave, return, and the schedule was varied and paced in a manner to encourage this.  In conjunction with a book sale and ongoing genealogy activity with Brian Donovan in the Library’s other room, this kept the Library very busy throughout the festival weekend.

Many thanks to:  Leah Joyce Steele, Noel Rice, Mary Moore, Theresa Choske, Kathy O’Neill, Karen and Patrick Cannady, John Halliburton, Elizabeth Ellis, Virginia Gibbons, Na Gael, Meg Buchanan, and Gene Cooney for their support, time, and dedication in making this event happen.

 

 

Saturday: Salon Concerts Chicago Presents – Music #irishmusic #irishculture #IAHF

July Irish Fest Poster

Salon Concerts Chicago presents – Words, Music & Song – In The Library
Featuring
Storytelling
Poetry
Drama
Traditional Music
Traditional Singing
Presentations on Irish Language, History, and Folklore
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
After Arthur Cola presentation
Academy – Performing Group – Traditional tunes arranged for ensemble playing.
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Saturday: Art Gallery and Museum will be open 1-5 pm.
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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.
Tickets:
Adults
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.

Saturday: Salon Concerts Chicago Presents Cultural Programming! #irishmusic #irishculture #IAHF

SalonConcertIrishFest2016

Salon Concerts Chicago presents – Words, Music & Song – In The Library
 
Featuring
 
Storytelling
Poetry
Drama
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
 
4:30-5:00
Kelly Shea Doherty – Irish Language Presentation
 
5:00 Arthur Cola presents his Doonagore Theft Trilogy
 
After Arthur Cola presentation
 
Academy – Performing Group – Traditional tunes arranged for ensemble playing.
 
=============================================
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.
 
Tickets:
Adults
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.

 

 

The Bothy Band in Dublin #irishmusic #PaddyKeenan in Chicago May 14th @iahcchicago

For the weekend.. a bit of The Bothy Band at the Embankment Tallaght Dublin with the Michael Gorman set!

Paddy Keenan will be in Chicago May 14th as part of the ongoing Salon Concert Chicago Series!

Tickets available here:

http://irish-american.org/event/paddy-keenan-salon-concert/