Adult Immersion Program
The 2016 Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week Adult Program offers classes and events Sunday, June 26 through Saturday, July 2 (please click here for at-a-glance schedule).
There is something for everyone, whether you have never played an instrument, love to sing and dance, play classical music or have played traditional Irish music for years. Everyone can participate in this unforgettable week that celebrates the unique art forms of traditional Irish music, song and dance.
- Singers, Dancers and Beginning Players: No Experience Necessary
- Level One players are those students who have basic command of their instrument and are able to identify and play specific notes.
- Level Two players should have good command of their instrument and experience learning by ear.
The Adult Immersion Program offers the following events:
Sunday, June 26
Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week 2016 kicks off with celebrating its namesake with a unique musical experience for players and non-players alike of all ages! This exciting full day of music will start at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln, Chicago) at 12pm for some delicious brunch and a fascinating look at how Chief O'Neill was forged from the coast of Ireland in West Cork.
Chief O'Neill and West Cork
How the Rolling Hills of West Cork Sculpted the Character and Music of Chief Francis O'Neill
This engaging and informative talk, led by Cormac McCarthy, will explore the unique nature of the West Cork music tradition with particular reference to Bantry and the surrounding areas. The region’s trading and nautical links with Europe (France in particular), have tangibly influenced many facets of it’s culture for centuries; from fine European wine in Timoleague Abbey cellars to the distinct Spanish architecture of Kinsale.
Tunes, which have a generally homogenous interpretation across most of Ireland, are often found to have distinctly different melodies in West Cork. This musical, cultural and geographical landscape had a profound influence on Chief O’Neill as a young man, and continued to resonate through his music, his collecting, and perhaps most importantly - his urge to explore, for the rest of his life.
At 2pm, 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 Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty. Then it's back on the bus for some more Chicago Irish history connections and a trip back up to Mrs. Murphy & Sons for the Hooley.
The Irish Heritage Hooley, which brings together musicians of all ages and levels, begins at 5pm and goes until.... Everyone is welcome at this lively mega-session that brings together the generations!
Monday - Thursday Afternoon Classes (1-3pm)
Location: Irish American Heritage Center
Beginning Players / Non-Instrument
Beginning Tin Whistle with Rosemary O'Malley
Beginning Fiddle with Robert McLeod
Singing and Lilting with Eimear Arkins
Dancing with Shannon Dunne
Level One Players
Tin Whistle with Conor Arkins
Fiddle with Maggie Danaher
Level Two Players
Fiddle with Seán Cleland
Bodhrán with Jackie Moran
Flute/Whistle with Seán Gavin
Concertina with Paul Clesham
Monday, June 27
1-3 PM: AFTERNOON CLASSES (@IAhC)
7:00-9 PM: cormac McCarthy & kilgubbin bros. concert (@martyrs') - followed by An Open Session
CORMAC MCCARTHY - COTTAGE EVOLUTION
We're delighted to present the U.S. debut concert of Cormac McCarthy's "Cottage Evolution" album. Cormac performs and composes in a wide range of musical genres; from classical to jazz to Irish traditional music. Released in 2015 to widespread acclaim, Cottage Evolution centres around music he has written for a 12-piece ensemble blending elements of jazz and Irish-traditional music, and features musicians from an interesting and diverse blend of musical backgrounds.
- McCarthy as a pianist sounds a little like Brad Mehldau, yet it’s his writing style, while leaning sometimes towards a Highway Rider-type atmosphere particularly on ‘Bill’s Words’, making individualistic use of Irish traditional music with its lilting strictnesses and sudden bursts of passionate energy introduced via a pronounced jazz filter, that sets Cottage Evolution apart. Stephen Graham - Marlbank Jazz
- With a few notable exceptions, no jazz musician has ever really managed to draw together Irish traditional music and the African-American improvisatory tradition in any kind of sustained way. Cork pianist and composer Cormac McCarthy joins that short list of notable exceptions with this approachable debut release. Cormac Larkin - The Irish Times
Kilgubbin Brothers is an American Irish band shaped by the irrepressible songs and unruly dance tunes of the Irish in Chicago. Kilgubbin Brothers features Chicago Irish fiddle legend Seán Cleland (Drovers, Bohola) & the powerhouse Jackie Moran (Drovers, Comas) on vocals, bodhrán, banjo and shoe with Boston Irish All Ireland fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger (Sprigs, Noel Henry’s Irish Showband) Master guitarist Jesse Langen (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Ray Quinn (Tin Lynott, producer Laurence Nugent, Gan Bua) on electric guitar and voice.
Tuesday, June 28
1-3 PM: afternoon CLASSES (@iahc)
6-7 PM: bodhrán for all (@MMAS)
Folks that play Irish music or Irish dance can and should play the bodhrán. Wouldn’t it be fun to put down the fiddle or whistle and pick up the drum for a wee bit? It’s as natural as PB&J, or Hot Dogs & Mustard. Jackie will show you how to begin and how to develop the technique, stamina and discernment to march out! This exploratory class is for everyone.
7-8:30 PM: Exploring Rhythm in Irish Music, Dance and Song...It’s All About the Tune!
Jackie Moran (bodhrán), SHANNON DUNNE (dance), SEAN CLELAND (fiddle), JESSE LANGEN (GUITAR), Paul CLESHAM (CONCERTINA)
There’s much more to Irish trad than catchy melodies. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, a singer or a dancer, this invaluable and accessible workshop will guide you through the intricacies of rhythm as it relates to all aspects of Irish music.
In this workshop we will explore the role that percussion plays, and learn how rhythmic accompaniment to the music has evolved and is still evolving. Participants will discover how the tune relates to the dance, and how the best players and dancers manage to create a conversation and collaboration between the two. Our expert teachers will provide insight into the structural complexities of Irish rhythmic accompaniment, and help you learn how to provide it while preserving the timeless energy of reels, jigs, and hornpipes.
This workshop is open to everyone.
Wednesday, June 29
1-3 PM: INSTRUMENT, SINGING, DANCING AFTERNOON CLASSES
6-7 PM: BODHRÁN FOR ALL CONTINUED
6-7 pm: level one repertoire class
6-7 PM: level two repertoire class
7 PM: COUNTY MAYO LEGACY CONCERT FEaturing The Francis O'NEILL IRISH ARTS WEEK TEACHERS
An evening celebrating the legacy brought to Chicago by the great men and women of County Mayo. Chicago is one of the biggest epicenters of migration from County Mayo and the cultural connection between the two runs deep. The evening brings together the generations featuring music and stories from some of the living legends and a full program exploring Mayo tunes and songs played by Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty and other special guests.
Thursday, June 30
1-3 PM: INSTRUMENT, SINGING, DANCING AFTERNOON CLASSES
5:30-6:30 PM: BODHRÁN FOR ALL CONTINUED
5:30-6:30 PM: LEVEL ONE REPERTOIRE CLASS
5:30-6:30 PM: LEVEL TWO REPERTOIRE CLASS
6:30-7 PM: THE CRAIC WITH COONEY AND KEANE RADIO SHOW TAPING
7 PM: FIFTH PROVINCE MUSIC SESSION
Friday, July 1
7-8 pm: céilí dancing lesson
8 pm: Céilí Mór
Finish the week off with a fantastic group dancing extravaganza! The night begins at 7pm 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!
Saturday, July 2
12 Noon: Finale recital
Let's all of us, family, friends, Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week students of all ages, gather together at the Irish American Heritage Center and celebrate all we learned during the 6th annual Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week! We'll have a finale recital for all kids and adults and family and friends are welcome. The event will end with a grand finale session!