November 2018
Fall 2018
Concert Series

The new Tierney Irish Music Fund
supports bringing high-caliber Irish and Celtic music to the Hallamór Concert Series.
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Hallamór Concert
Friday, November 16
7:30 p.m.
Reelin' In the Years
with Jimmy Keane and
special guest Dennis Cahill
Tickets: $25 in advance
$29 on concert day
$10 students with ID
ages 12 and under free
Jimmy Keane – 
piano accordion
Dennis Cahill – 

Two of  Irish music’s most inventive and highly regarded musicians, Jimmy Keane and special guest Dennis Cahill, will bring  their show Reelin’ in the Years to the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center on Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Accordionist Keane and guitarist/vocalist Cahill perform music ranging from ancient airs to newly composed tunes. The two have been friends and musical companions since first meeting in Chicago in the early 1980s. 

Born in London to Irish speaking parents from Counties Connemara and Kerry, Keane’s accomplishments are far-reaching and include winning five consecutive All-Ireland titles on the piano accordion. He is an avid collector and arranger of old tunes and is increasingly known for original compositions, many of which have become part of mainstream traditional music. He has produced and recorded a number of albums and is associated with numerous groups including behola and Green Fields of America. Online music source DMusic described him as “one of the true giants of Irish traditional music of the past fifty years” and singer-songwriter Christy Moore called his playing “wild and beautiful.” 

Cahill is considered one of the world’s finest guitarists in traditional Irish music. His unique playing, accompaniment and arranging are acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar. “Brilliant” (National Public Radio) and “crucial” (Folk Roots UK) are two of the descriptions of his spare, essential playing. Cahill is perhaps best known for his long musical partnership with fiddler Martin Hayes and is a founding member of new superior group The Gloaming

Tickets available from the ICHC web site

Hallamór Concert
Saturday, December 15
7:30 p.m.
A Christmas Tradition
with Rory Makem
Tickets: $25 in advance
$29 on concert day
$10 students with ID
ages 12 and under free
Rory Makem – 
vocals, guitar, bodhrán

Born in County Louth, Ireland, Rory Makem continues the lineage of an Irish music dynasty One of the leading voices in the Irish song heritage, Rory Makem will bring A Christmas Tradition concert to the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. 

Born in County Louth, Ireland, Makem continues the lineage of an Irish music dynasty begun by his grandmother Sarah Makem, who was sought after for her vast collection of Irish songs. His father, the legendary Tommy Makem, who died in 2007, is widely known as the modern Bard of Armagh. Touring with the Clancy Brothers, Tommy brought Irish music to an international audience beginning in the 1950s. 

A seasoned performer with more than 25 years on the road, Makem captivates audiences with his skilled musicianship, his charisma and passion for the songs, his extensive knowledge of poetry and history, and his sense of humor. An adept interpreter of folk songs, he is also a multi-instrumentalist. 

Makem is well known to Milwaukee audiences through frequent performances at Irish Fest accompanying his father and with Makem and Spain. Makem and Dónal Clancy, son of the late Liam Clancy, made their debut as a duo at the ICHC in 2017. 

Not limiting himself to the stage, Makem has performed on movie soundtracks and his compositions can be heard woven into a number of PBS programs. He has recorded with many of the luminaries in folk music including Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Schooner Fare and Gordon Bok.

Tickets available from the ICHC web site

The annual holiday bake sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. and remain open during the intermission and following the concert. 

Also this year

There will be a couple of vendors present
for last minute Christmas shopping.



ICHC programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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