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!
Here’s hoping that the year has started out well for all of you & that the cold weather we’ve been getting around the country hasn’t dampened your spirits! The good people @ Flipside are currently working very hard on the 2014 schedule for solo & full band shows & we’ve already confirmed return performances @ Cabin Creek 4/25 & 26(NC) & Hopstring Fest 8/23 with many club dates & additional festivals currently awaiting confirmation…Please check back for updates! Thanks for all the support & kindness! Looking forward to seeing you all in your cities, towns, & villages in the coming months! Stay warm & keep singing & dancing!
Merchandise bearing the brand new “John Condron & The Old Gang Orchestra” logo is now available from the Flipside label’s homepage! Three new styles to choose from…Tshirts, Ladies Tshirts, & “Brewers” work shirts are all being offered at a special discount & in “bundles” for the holidays! Click the link below to browse all of the music & wear-ables that Flipside has to offer!