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Irish and Celtic music to the Hallamór Concert Series.
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November 16 7:30
In the Years with
Keane and special
guest Dennis Cahill
on concert day
12 and under free
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
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”
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.
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