John recently sat down with Vaudevileins front man & former bandmate Jeff Julian to talk about songwriting, life on the road, his influences, rediscovering the radio & a lot more as part of the Speaking In Songues podcast series…below are both parts of the interview.
A fantastic time was had by all this past Saturday night @ the famed Chicago Street Pub for the Flipside Works Christmas showcase! It was great to see so many people turn out to support this wonderful community of artists! Congratulations to Flipside label mate Allison Flood who had a few limited edition pre-release copies of her debut EP on hand & who turned in an amazingly heartfelt set of her finely crafted tunes! There were a few more very special musical treats throughout the evening including a first time solo set by Regressors front man Kevin Krauss & an extremely rare solo set by Jeff Julian of Vaudevileins fame! Both of these performers were inspiring to watch & to see them on their own telling stories & singing songs was unforgettable! John, Tom, Don & Pat took the stage for the first time in over two months as the full Old Gang Orchestra & immediately tore into a typically high energy set which included crowd favorites as well as a number of new songs that they’ve been recently working on…new album in the works? We’ll have to see what 2015 brings, but this year has been a great one & the new year promises to be even better…check back for tour dates & news on what might happen with the new material! As always, thanks for the support…thanks for spreading the word…& thanks for being who you are!
John Condron & The Old Gang Orchestra will perform on Saturday Dec 13th @ the venerable Chicago Street Pub, as part of the Flipside Works Christmas “Bizarre”! This performance marks the first full band gathering since the end of summer & promises to be a fantastic night full of surprises as well as a healthy dose of NEW material from the gang! Flipside’s newest artist, Allison Flood, is on the bill and celebrating a special “Pre-release” of her forthcoming debut “Blackbird”. There will be a limited amount of collectors edition physical copies available signed & numbered for the event. Vaudevileins front man & former member of The Benefit, Jeff Julian will be performing a rare solo set & Flipside president Eric Johnson will be on hand w/ a number of special offers & giveaways, as well as merchandise & music from the whole Flipside family of artists! Don’t miss out on new tradition…come ring in the holidays w/ The Flipside family on Dec. 13th!
This Fall has been a great one for intimate solo shows & side projects. John has been joined onstage over the past month multiple times by a few old friends including Jon Green, Allison Flood, Vaudevilleins, & all three members of The Old Gang Orchestra, to name a few, & has recently finished the final mixes, along w/ engineer William Aldridge, for Allison Flood’s solo debut. The full band will join John again on 12/13 for a Flipside Works Showcase @ the venerable Chicago Street Pub in Joliet IL which promises to be full of special guests & surprises! Check back for upcoming tour announcements as well as added dates, news & new releases!
Hopstring Fest returned this August for it’s third installment & proved itself a powerhouse event for roots music & craft beer lovers from all over the Midwest! John, Tom, Don & Pat turned in a fantastically high energy performance! The band was joined onstage this year by Bill Aldridge & Matt Doherty who added some brilliant horn accompaniment to the final two numbers of the set, which received an overwhelming response from the crowd! A period of heavy rain couldn’t dissuade the record breaking attendees & a blistering set by Cracker, to headline the day’s bill, capped off one of the finest music festivals of it’s kind anywhere! Special thanks to all the organizers & volunteers who helped the day run smoothly!
Saturday, Sept. 6th. the full band will again take the stage @ the 4th annual Will County Celtic Fest. The lineup includes such notable acts as Colm O’Brien, Allison Flood, The Ploughboys, Cutthroat Shamrock & Whiskey of the Damned! The Old Gang Orchestra performs @ 5pm! This year John was asked to participate in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation campaign to raise money for childhood cancer research @ the festival. John will have his head shaved @ 12 noon, along with a few other participants to show support for these young people & to help raise money for this amazing cause. Donations are being accepted @ the link below & anything that can be done to help spread the word is greatly appreciated!
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The summer has been amazing on many levels & there’s no sign of it letting up anytime soon! A string of performances w/ friends & in support of the local original music community kicks off this Friday evening @ Mojoe’s Red Lounge where The Old Gang Orchestra will share the bill w/ our good friend Alex Hoffer & his band. We’ll be joined for the performance by mandolin virtuoso & Leadfoot Band front man Steven Haberichter! Saturday night, it’s back to our local for a show to benefit Chicago Street Pub’s unending support for local music & a grassroots movement by the artists who perform there to update the sound equipment & thank the owners for their massive contribution over the years! If you’re in the area, stop down & be counted!
It’s been a busy kick off to Summer & performances, both solo & w/ The O.G.O. have been plentiful & very well received! New venues on the schedule & return trips to Festivals in various parts of the country have made for a fantastic way to meet new friends & spread the word; with highlights so far including the full band @ Summerfest in Milwaukee WI & a trip w/ new Flipside label mate Allison Flood to the 35th annual Festival for the Eno in Durham NC as well as upcoming performances in Champaign, Chicago, WI, MO & at the 3rd Annual Hopstring Fest in IL, it’s looking to be the best Summer stretch yet! Please check back for details & updates & continue to have a safe & music filled Summer!
The annual gathering of Flipside artists & fans @ Cabin Creek in Black Mountain, NC. was a huge success this year. Special thanks to all who made it out to this year’s weekend festivities! Beautiful weather, wonderful company & some amazing sets turned in by the likes of Davey Ramone Morrison, Colm O’Brien, Allison Flood & Cutthroat Shamrock, not to mention all of the after hours sessions, made these few days in the mountains an unforgettable experience…See you all next year
Out of the Winter imposed hiatus that the last few months have been, has come a number of wonderful projects & a look ahead to the warmth of a Spring & Summer festival season that can not get here fast enough! The O.G.O. has had a number of successful regional appearances this season & have been hard @ work on a wealth of new material written over the course of the winter months. In addition to writing & prepping for the next phase of touring, John has been busy working on a number of other Flipside projects & is currently in the final production stages of a new Flipside artist’s recording (To be announced soon). With a number of performances lined up & many more in the works, the coming year looks to be the most busy to date, including highly anticipated return appearances to both the Cabin Creek (April,NC) & Hopstring (August,IL)Festivals. Check back for details & updates as they are confirmed, as well as some very exciting announcements in the coming weeks!