The 20th Salon Concert featured headliners Moya Brennan – First Lady of Celtic Music and Cormac de Barra, who presented a stunning program of traditional harp music and Gaelic songs. The listeners sat enthralled for two sets of Moya and Cormac’s enchanting, otherworldly sounds. Moya’s soft, high, breathy soprano was often joined by Cormac’s baritone and expert harp accompaniment, evoking the atmosphere of a medieval court or cathedral.
Moya, who hails from Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal and now resides in Dublin, came from a large family of traditional singers and musicians and is a founding member of the legendary Irish folk group Clannad. She has also had a successful solo career, releasing numerous studio recordings over the years while participating in many successful collaborations, including artists such as the Chieftains, Bono, and Paul Brady. She also has significant film and television sound recording projects among her accomplishments. The most successful of the latter was Clannad’s Emmy-winning title cut for the 1980s British television show “Harry’s Game,” which she sang to an absolutely hushed crowd at one point in our evening.
Like Moya, Cormac de Barra also hails from a large musical family, but from Dublin with Cork roots in his case. Cormac is a highly accomplished harpist with a long list of plaudits, including competition victories, a personal performance for the Emperor of Japan, residencies with major theatrical productions, and eight studio albums, including several with Moya Brennan. Cormac’s performance on the night included a note-perfect rendition of O’Carolan’s Concerto, a well-known, much-loved harp piece from the early 1700s. He also provided accompanying vocals on many numbers, adding a choral touch to the shimmering sound of the harps.
They gave an encore and stayed late afterward to talk with fans and autograph CDs, a gesture everyone much appreciated.
The duo was preceded on stage by a young performing group from the Academy of Irish Music, who displayed their recent musical growth with aplomb.
The next Salon Concert will feature a young, exciting trio from the Isle of Man, Barrule, on Sunday, September 18th, tickets $20 available now at http://irish-american.org/event/barrule-salon-concert/
Doors open at 6PM and the concert begins at 7PM.
Thank you to Moya and Cormac, the Academy young group, 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, Brian Donovan, Theresa Choske, Mary Alice McCarthy, Caroline Sengh, Mary Moore, and our box office team for making it all happen. Theresa, Mary Alice, and Caroline deserve special thanks for setting up a beautiful tea service in the green room for our headliners.
Thank you to Windy City Irish Radio hosts Tim Taylor and Mike Shevlin, Ireland Tonight host Maryann McTeague Keifer, The Hegarty Irish Radio Show, The O’Connor Radio Show, and the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for their promotional assistance, we appreciate it greatly.
We would also wish to say Thank you to the IAHC Board, especially Geno Cooney and Mike Hamman, and also to the IAHC staff: Laurel, Laura, Rick, Meg Buchanan, Kathy O’Neilll, and Ellen Folan for all their help. Big Thanks to Laura Coyle for the outstanding artwork on our poster!
Thanks to Windy City Irish Radio for support!
“Join us for a preview of piper Paddy Keenan Salon Concert at the Irish American Heritage Center this weekend..””Going to be quite a night if you like uilleann pipes!” Have a listen at the link below!
The Salon Concerts Chicago series presented its eighteenth concert Friday night, January 8th, featuring Sheila Doorley, a button accordion player from Tullamore, County Offaly with banjo player and flautist Patrick Quinn, of Cleveland, Ohio, and guitarist/singer Frank Quinn (no relation) of Mullingar, Westmeath.
The trio gave a lively, varied presentation of dance music and songs, featuring tasteful arrangements and accompaniment to Frank’s singing as well as blazing instrumentals. Highlights of the evening included an achingly beautiful waltz on low whistle and accordion by Sheila and Pat, a scintillating rendition of an intricate, technical, and altogether beautiful Spanish bagpipe tune from Asturias, and Frank Quinn’s adept cover of the Bob Dylan song, “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” The trio’s selection of dance music also highlighted Sheila and Pat’s deep repertoire of jigs, including many lesser known gems among the old standards.
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.
The concert began with performances from the Academy of Irish Music’s junior and senior groups. Both the junior and senior groups play fiddles, viola, cello, flute, whistle, bodhran and guitar. Both groups perform arrangement of their own creation and feature harmonies, semi-improvised passages, and snippets of melody from other genres.
Special thanks to Noel Rice, John Halliburton, Nancy Moore, and Mary Moore for helping to make this great evening happen.
Also, mile buiochas to Shay Clarke ( Blarney on the Air), Sean Ginnelly (Good Morning Ireland Radio Show) , Siobhan O’Connor ( O’Connor Irish Radio Show), Tim Taylor, Mike Shevlin (Windy City Irish Radio), and Erik Carlson (A Feast Of Irish Folk) for granting us some promotional time on your radio programs.
Here you go folks! The Performing Group from the Academy of Irish Music and Noel Rice on Windy City Irish Radio.. they appear about 1/2 way through the Podcast. http://ow.ly/OciNU