Adult Program

The 2014 Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week Adult Program offers classes and events Tuesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 27 (please click here for at-a-glance schedule).  There is something for everyone, whether you have never played an instrument, love to sing, or have played an instrument for years.  Everyone can participate in this unforgettable week that celebrates the unique art forms of traditional Irish music, song and dance.

The Adult Program offers the following events:

Tunes Repertory Workshops (Levels One and Two)

Melody instruments include fiddle, tin whistle, flute, concertina, button accordion, piano accordion, tenor banjo and uilleann pipes.  Level One players are those students who have basic command of their instrument and are able to identify and play notes. Level Two players should have good command of their instrument and some experience learning by ear.  These workshops are offered Tuesday and Wednesday and will be taught by two expert tutors from the Francis O'Neill Week faculty.

Intro Classes (Bodhrán or Tin Whistle)

Intro to Bodhrán or Tin Whistle will be offered Tuesday through Thursday to give absolute beginning students a solid start on these instruments.  These classes are designed for those of you who have never played these instruments before but have always wondered if you would like it!  Here's your chance without having to commit to a full term of classes.  Students signing up for these classes should take all 3 days.

Remembering Seamus Heaney with Tristan Rosenstock

As we approach the anniversary of his passing we remember the late Seamus Heaney, Ireland's Nobel Laureate. His childhood in rural Derry was the source of much of his poetry and here we revisit some of those poems that celebrate childhood, along with poems in which he universalised his own local experiences.  Tristan presents TG4's arts series Imeall (Edge in Gaelic) and the series won an Irish Film and Television Award this year for it's special tribute programme to Seamus Heaney. 

Bodhrán Master Class with Tristan Rosenstock of Téada
Confessions of a Magpie: The Development of an Accompanying Style on Bodhrán

What is the role of the bodhrán in traditional Irish music? In the absence of regional styles, what are the cornerstones in bodhrán accompaniment? Join Téada's Tristan Rosenstock as he journeys through the many stylistic approaches, illustrating the forces that influenced him and helped him find his own style. We'll hear how stealing from a very broad range of techniques and approaches can ultimately lead to a unique style that one can call their own.

Songs of the Sailors, the Laborers, the Lovers, the Fighters and the Land with Rory Makem

Spend an hour with Rory Makem of the Makem and Spain Brothers learning songs and hearing stories influenced by his father, the legendary Tommy Makem, and grandmother, Sarah Makem.  No singing experience is required, and songs will be taught by ear with lyrics provided.

Songs I Grew Up With with Méabh Begley

Explore the songs that inspired Méabh Begley, daughter of West Kerry legend Séamus Begley, and led her to become one of the most respected singers in Ireland today.  No singing experience is required, and songs will be taught by ear with lyrics provided.

Téada Repertoire Unleashed!  Master Class with Oisín Mac Diarmada and Damien Stenson

Join Téada’s Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Damien Stenson (flute) for an exciting repertoire-based master class bringing participants through some of Téada’s most popular tunes from the early years of the 2000s all the way up to the latest album "In Spite of the Storm". This class is designed for intermediate - advanced players but Téada fans,  beginning students and non-players are welcome to participate by listening. Participants should bring a recording device.

An Acoustic Evening with Téada and VIP Pre-show Dinner - Friday, July 25

Friday, July 25 at 8pm, join Téada and other special guests for a magnificent acoustic concert at Concordia Lutheran Church (3855 N. Seeley - Chicago).  Join the band for an intimate pre-show dinner with reserved seating in the first three rows for an additional fee.

Chief O'Neill Musical Pilgrimage - Saturday, July 26
An unforgettable live Irish music adventure!

Let's celebrate the namesake of Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week with a musical morning pilgrimage!  The day will start at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub (3471 N. Elston, Chicago) at 9:30am for complimentary coffee/tea, bloody mary/mimosa and scones.  Get your beverages to go and board a bus for a lively tunes-filled trip down to Mt. Olivet Cemetery where the Chief is buried and learn some fun historical facts along the way.  We'll visit his mausoleum to pay our respects and have some tunes in his honor with the members of Téada and other Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty.  Then it's back on the bus for a short trip over to Clancy's in Oak Lawn for some complimentary pizza and sodas (delicious pints available at an additional charge).  More tunes and craic will be had before boarding the bus back up to the north side.  Drop off time will be 1:30pm back at Chief O'Neill's.

Céilí Mór - Saturday, July 26

The fun begins again on Saturday at 7pm at Chief O'Neill's with a céilí dancing lesson for some basic steps before the live music begins at 8pm with Ceoltóirí Chicago and Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty and the dancing erupts!  See what a real céilí is all about and why this music is made for dancing!

Irish Heritage Hooley - Sunday, July 27

Our monthly Irish Heritage Hooley, which brings together musicians of all ages and levels, begins at 5pm at Chief O'Neill's.  We'll wrap up this amazing week by honoring the legendary Kevin Henry with the Living Tradition Award and surely hear some amazing stories and tunes.


Adult Program (includes all events above without VIP Dinner): $189

VIP Adult Program (includes all events plus guaranteed seating at concert and pre-show dinner with Téada): $239

Téada Concert Only: $25 Adult / $20 Child/Senior

Chief O'Neill Musical Pilgrimage Only: $40

Céilí Mór Only: $10