John will continue his monthly acoustic residency @ Chicago Street Pub on Thursday, April 28th! These performances are always full of rarities & new material…This installment promises more of the same as the details & scheduling for a new recording get underway, you never know what might transpire @ one of these casual & intimate performances…Be there on 4/28 to see for yourself!
This past weekend John reunited w/ two old friends on the stage of the High Hat Club in Chicago! World Renowned spoken word poet Regie Gibson returned to Chicago for a string of shows this past week & John along w/former bandmate Jeff Bella were asked to join Regie for the show on Saturday night. This set marked the first time these three had shared a stage together since the days when “The Benefit” would appear w/ Regie & other poets on a fairly regular basis @ The Green Mill in Chicago as well as venues in NYC, Boston, LA & around the country. At the time John & The Benefit were supporting what was to be their final release (Eleventh Hour Grace) on the EM-Press label. The night came together in typical last minute fashion, but the set felt as comfortable & exciting as always. Joining the gang on drums this time around was accomplished percussionist & Green Mill regular Scott Hirtenstein!
Here's an "unplugged" performance of the new song "The Field" which was shot by Zoran Orlic & submitted to the NPR Tiny Desk Contest! More show updates & news to follow.
John is set to round out 2015 @ his “home away from home”, for the annual Irish New Year Celebration (count down & toast @ midnight in Ireland…6pm local time!) @ Chicago Street Pub in Joliet IL…the show has been sold out for nearly two months & promises to be a fantastic way to end a great year!
The 2016 schedule kicks off almost immediately w/ a last minute show as John returns to Uncommon Ground on January 2nd…This is Chicago’s most intimate listening room & one of the nation’s “green-est” establishments! Hoping to see a bunch of the Chicago folks out @ this one…reserve your seat in advance! Bring on the new year!!!
The year is winding down quickly & there’s no place to wrap it up like John’s “home away from home”, Chicago Street Pub in Joliet IL. There’s a few chances to catch a set one more time in 2015! The new year looks to be full of surprises & a few pretty substantial announcements. Please check back regularly for updates, 2016 tour/show info & new music (coming soon!).
In the meantime, head down to the Pub & catch one of these final sets of the year!
Sat. 12/5 w/ J Ross Green 9pm
Sun. 12/13 w/ Vaudevilleins 2pm
Thurs. 12/31 Irish NY celebration 5pm
Thanks to all who came out & supported the show last week @ The Tree w/ John opening for the Young Dubliners! Britt Dignan joined the bill to open up the night & turned in a fantastic set of original tunes! Good times had by all & a nice little impromptu “session” after hours up the street by John & the Dubs!
Nov. 1st marked the two year anniversary of John’s first performance w/ legendary songwriter Paul Brady @ The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. How fitting that their second evening together @ this revered concert hall should fall on the same date! John opened the show w/ a set of songs pulling from his substantial back catalog as well as a few new ones & the promise of a future recording in the works. The set was well received by the Maurer Concert Hall audience & the sound @ the Old Town was, as always, beautiful! Paul Brady took the stage & charmed & excited the crowd w/ an inspired & personal performance…one for the books, no doubt! Please check back for more photos from the show itself & even a live track from John’s set!
Thrilled to announce a very special show opening up for Paul Brady @ The Old Town School Folk Music on Nov. 1st! It will have been two years (to the day actually) since John first opened for Paul following their writing & recording project for The Donegal Gathering. 11/1/13 was a great career highlight for John & this November 1st looks to be an even greater evening! Tickets for this performance @ one of Chicago’s finest rooms are available by clicking the link below!
John & the full band will perform for the first time @ The Tree on October 24th opening for The Future Laureates! Join the O.G.O. for a great night @ this wonderful new venue! Tickets are available from the link above or at the door!
Coming off an amazing final summer performance @ the 4th Annual Hopstring Fest, the year has shown no signs of slowing down w/ both solo & full band performances announced in recent weeks as well as the hinting at a new studio effort on the Flipside label! The shows will include both solo & band appearances. shows have been confirmed w/ label mate Allison Flood @ Uncommon Ground in Chicago, a full band opening set @ The newly Christened TREE in Joliet, a number of appearances @ the famed Chicago St Pub, a very special night @ Truth w/ former bandmate Jeff Julian of Vaudevileins & a November schedule that will see John sharing the stage w/ The Young Dubliners as well as legendary songwriter Paul Brady for the second time @ Chicago’s venerable Old Town School of Folk Music! Plans are also in the works currently for a number of tour dates in 2016 that will include a few special surprises!