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!
Many wonderful things on the horizon in the coming few months; New material, some exciting side projects, big show/festival announcements & a new studio recording in the works! The fellas have been busy throughout the winter working on a variety of musical endeavors & we’ll be making some big announcements in the coming weeks, so please check back for all the up to date information as it is confirmed…Thanks for all the support!
John will be performing w/ an all-star lineup for the release of author David Masciotra’s latest effort : “Mellancamp: An American Troubadour” on April 11th @ the famed Chicago Street Pub in downtown Joliet IL.
Welcome to the new year! Check back soon for some big announcements… upcoming shows, side projects, tour dates for the year, & some very cool festival news! Plus… a possible trip back into the studio? 2015 is looking brilliant & we’re thankful for all the support! Hope to see you wherever you are very soon!
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!
Thanks for stopping by & please check back regularly for updates & news!
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!