Cormac McCarthy & Kilgubbin Brothers

Monday, June 27, 2016, 7pm
Martyrs' Chicago (3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago)

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

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.