The show @ Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music proved to be a great night on a number of levels. Opening up the show for the likes of Paul Brady, the setting of Maurer Hall, the hospitality of the entire staff, the amazing sound, the incredible crowd response (all singing along together as the set came to a close) and the kind & slightly overwhelming feedback & interaction afterward, were all the stuff of dreams! Paul Brady’s set thrilled the audience with inspired & beautifully intimate performances of some of the legendary songwriter’s most celebrated works, all presented w/ a kind of joyfully natural ease…a real master at work! Thanks to everyone involved in putting the evening together & to all who made the trip out. See you soon -JC
Just announced! John will be opening the show for legendary songwriter Paul Brady @ Chicago’s famed Old Town School of Folk Music on Friday Nov 1st @ 8pm. Singer-songwriter Paul Brady is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries and defies genre incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish and classic pop styles. Taking a break from a string of U.S. performances with Bonnie Raitt, Brady will play one night only in Chicago & has asked John to join him for the evening!
“Some guys got it down, Leonard Cohen, Paul Brady, Lou Reed, secret heroes.” – Bob Dylan
“The iron fist in the velvet glove of Irish Music.” - Bono
John & Paul first worked together in February of this year, writing & recording a song for “The Gathering” in Donegal, Ireland. Don’t miss this incredible night …tickets are available @ the link below!
Thanks to everyone who made this Summer an incredible season of successful performances at a number of fantastic festivals (Little Bear, Hopstring, Will County, etc…etc…) & some great shows @ clubs around the country, both solo & w/ The Old Gang Orchestra! Your support & dedication are greatly appreciated & excitement is building for a number of incredible happenings as we head into the Fall…A live record w/ the O.G.O., new merch & promotional videos & a very special performance announcement are coming soon! Check back for all the wonderful details…Turn it up, dance around & be well!
The 2nd annual Hopstring Fest is quickly approaching & promises to be one of the premier live music events of the season! In addition to the finest festival lineup in the Midwest region, John will be joined on stage by The Old Gang Orchestra for the first time in a festival setting! Join this celebration of “roots music & craft beer” & find your way to Hopstring! Full lineup, tickets & general info below:
A year of great happenings, both large & small, continues this summer around the country & across the sea! Recording projects, festivals, intimate shows, opening acts & a new position helping other artists to forward their careers have all come together to push the beginning of the season into the stratosphere w/ no sign of slowing down! The Earagail Arts Festival kicked off on June 21st & will continue to bring the masses to County Donegal until July 21st w/ the help of the song “Come Gather All“,co-written & produced by John, Mickey Harte & Paul Brady. A debut performance at Chicago’s famed Lincoln Hall w/ Rene Lopez & Joseph Arthur was met w/ wonderful reviews, a return to Milwaukee Summer Fest to perform on the Renegade stage saw John re-connect w/ some old friends & a number of very special intimate performances around the Midwest region of the US have helped to both grow the grassroots fan base & forge new & exciting relationships like never before. Most recently, John was asked to join the Flipside Works organization in a new capacity…as the Head of Artist Development. John will now be working w/ many of the other artists in the Flipside “family” to help propagate their careers & provide assistance & advice in all matters from recording to bookings & almost everything in between! The rest of the summer will see more performances, including a return slot @ the 2nd annual Hopstring Fest, a number of “mini-tours” to different regions in the States, some interesting recording projects & the long promised release of “..If Any or at All” on vinyl. Thanks for supporting original music & thanks for continuing to spread the word. Please check back for updates, new blog posts, & all other madness as it unfolds!
Many Thanks to all who made Saturday night’s performance @ Chicago’s Lincoln Hall a wonderful experience! The room was beautiful & the crew & staff took good care of us all! Rene Lopez & Joseph Arthur turned in terrific sets & it was a pleasure to be on the bill. Special thanks to Peter Wark & Mark Eleveld for masterminding my presence on stage! Pictures & a blog entry to follow…see you soon,
Just Confirmed! John will be opening up the show for Joseph Arthur & Rene Lopez @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 15th! Special thanks to EM-Press , who is currently publishing Joseph Arthur’s poetry book, ‘I Miss the Zoo’, for their continued help & support! Tickets & more information @ the link below:
This past Saturday John joined the folks on the Topless Burrito Bar radio program for a special two hour episode of live performances, conversation & the U.S. premier of “Come Gather All” The links below (2 parts) will take you back in time…a few days any way so you can tune in if you missed it!
Saturday night Chicago Street Pub played host to a very special event. The Dean Comerford Memorial Concert was a wonderful evening of live music & stories bringing a fantastic crowd together from all walks of life to remember & celebrate the amazing life of one of our dearest friends. Thanks to everyone involved! There could’ve been no more fitting a tribute.
“Come Gather All”, The song co-written & produced by John, Mickey Harte & Paul Brady for The Donegal “Gathering” was officially released on Monday & is available NOW on iTunes! visit the link below to listen & download…Thanks for the support!
A great week of musical happenings kicks off Wednesday night w/ the weekly Acoustic Open Mic @ Tribes Alehouse in Mokena Il. Get there early, space is limited & the list fills up quickly! Thursday night the venerable Chicago St. Pub plays host to the first performance of a monthly “Acoustic Residency” ; The exhuming of old tunes, The potential birth of new ones, friends stopping by to lend a hand & as always some of the best company in the world! Friday morning it’s off to Black Mountain NC for a two days of performances & mayhem @ the “Cabin Creek Ceilidh” w/ Cutthroat Shamrock, Davy Morrison & Colm O’Brien
Check back to find out how it all turns out & don’t forget to join John &the Old Gang Orchestra for Mustache Fest on May 4th @ Chicago St. Pub!
This past Friday marked the official release of the song “Come Gather All” which was co-written & produced by Paul Brady, Mickey Harte & John Condron. Click the link below to hear the song & read a little bit about the project!
This coming Friday marks the highly anticipated return of The Old Gang Orchestra along with good friends The Regressors, to the Chicago Street Pub in Joliet Il, for what promises to be an amazing night of music & mayhem!
More updates on O.G.O. & solo performances to come, as well as news on a live recording this summer & the Flipside Works release of “…if any or at all” on Vinyl…plus special offers on music & merchandise for Facebook fans…Check back soon!