November 2018

Spring 2019
Concert Series

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.

Hallamór Concert
Sat., February 9, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in advance
$29 on concert day
$10 students with ID
ages 12 and under free

Shannon Lambert-Ryan – 
vocals, step-dancing
Fionán de Barra – 
Cheryl Prashker – 
Zach White – 
guitar, banjo, dobro,
Maggie White – 
fiddle, mandolin 

Quickly gaining recognition as a “super-group,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into Americana and roots music since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmo- nies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and rede- fining take on traditional music.
The backbone of the band’s signature sound stems from the musical and geographical diversity and individual achievements of its members: Shannon from Philadelphia, Dublin-born Fionán, Cheryl from Montreal, Zack from St. Louis and Maggie from Hopkinsville, Ky.

Their creativity has earned them a reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation. RUNA was named the Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and received four Independent Music Awards. including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song. Their fifth album, “RUNA: LIVE,” released in 2016, has been praised on both sides of the Atlantic and hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” by The Celtic Crier

“Best of all, RUNA sounds like no one else!”– Music Life & Times

Hallamór Concert
Sat., March 16, 2019 
7:30 p.m.
Socks In The Frying Pan
Tickets: $29 in advance
$33 on concert day
$10 students with ID
ages 12 and under free
Aodán Coyne – 
guitar, lead vocals
Shane Hayes – 
Button accordion, vocals
Fiachra Hayes – 
fiddle, vocals
 A multi-award winning band from the universal hub of Irish traditional music, County Clare, the trio blends tight three-part vocal harmonies, virtuoso musical ability and a witty stage presence to capture audiences around the world including those at Irish Fest, where they most recently performed in 2018. 

Aodán began playing guitar at age 15, won numerous competitions, earned a B.A in Applied Music at the Dundalk Institute of Technology and also studied biochemistry. Fiachra was playing fiddle by age three and then added piano, mandolin, whistle, guitar, button accordion and banjo. He has a degree in teaching from Mary Immaculate College. Shane was experimenting with sounds on the piano as soon as he could walk, taking whistle lessons at age six and playing the accordion at eight. He studied teaching and also earned a master’s of Irish traditional music from the University of Limerick.

The Hayes brothers became acquainted with Aodán during music sessions in local pubs. With no immediate plans to form a band and while still in school, they released a CD in 2012 titled Socks in the Frying Pan. They made their touring debut in 2014 and released Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space in 2015 and Without a Paddle in 2016.

“A simply stupendous new band… they remind me of another Ennis based ensemble, early Stockton’s Wing … in attitude and musical daring.”
— Irish American News

“They wrap traditional tunes in modern garments and spice them up with driving grooves.” 
— FolkWorld

Hallamór Concert
Sat., April 13, 2019 
7:30 p.m.
Jig Jam
Tickets: $29 in advance
$33 on concert day
$10 students with ID
ages 12 and under free

SJamie McKeogh – 
guitar, tenor banjo,
lead vocals
Daithi Melia – 
five-string banjo, guitar,
Cathal Guinan – 
double bass, fiddle, vocals
Gavin Strappe – 
mandolin, tenor banjo, vocals
From the heartland of Ireland’s midlands, Jig Jam’s style blends the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a style they call “CeltGrass.” Their onstage energy, along with superb musical ability, has captivated audiences in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and North America including Milwaukee Irish Fest. 

Band members Jamie, Cathal and Daithi from Tullamore, County Offaly, and Gavin from County Tipperary grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture. Collectively, they achieved more than 20 All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann competitions. 

All multi-instrumentalists, they interchange between banjo, guitar, mandolin and double bass during their shows. Dressed sharply in ties, jackets and vests, their energy-fueled, foot stomping live performances have been compared to the Punch Brothers by the European Bluegrass Music Association. 

Jig Jam has released two studio produced albums, Oh Boy and Hello World as well as Live in Tullamore, which came out in 2017. 

“Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as the Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half the chance.”
— Midwest Records