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Cradle Songs – Now and Then – Christmastide 2018

December 06, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Cradle Songs – Now and Then – Christmastide 2018 Sing Sweet and Low Your Lullabies From the Singer Archive. My Mother, Winifred (pictured here with me), sang us the Brahm's Lullaby, in German, and Stille Nacht at Christmas.  A Cradle in Bethlehem is my favorite lullaby to sing at Christmas.  I sing it on the radio, in my concerts, and at the end of our annual caroling party for my children and singing family.  Now I am a grandmother to Olive and Arlo, expecting a new grandson in January, and it will be theirs, too. A Cradle in Bethlehem by Larry Stock and Alfred Bryan I first learned A Cradle in Bethlehem from the singing of Nat King Cole, when Nia was a two-week old, and I sang it live on WBEZ in a concert at the Old Town School.  This is the Jamie O'Reilly & The Rogues 1988 version. Live from Fitzgerald's, when I was a mere 30 years old!  Players listed below. (pictured Jamie, Nia and Meg).  Listen to version 1. [audio mp3=""][/audio]   This is the 2003 WFMT Folkstage version of ...

Goin’ Home ~ Thanksgiving, 2018

November 21, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Goin’ Home ~ Thanksgiving, 2018 A Note from Jamie Thanksgiving, 2018 Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family. Goin' Home...This blog has a few stories from my childhood and a look ahead at today. It certainly shows me that we've come full circle, and sometimes we really can go home again. Wishing you peace. You can read this in newsletter format here: "Then your apples all is gethered..." Apple picking is a tradition for me and my growing family.           ON EDGEWOOD ROAD. "They’s something kindo’ harty-like about the atmusfere When the heat of summer’s over and the coolin’ fall is here—" The Wednesday before Thanksgiving when I was young, we came home from school to boxes on the porch with crackers, rice, instant potatoes and macaroni.  All the canned goods you could want: Campbell's soup, tunafish, corned beef hash and SPAM. (Or not want: hominy grits, mincemeat and dented cans of clams)...Somebody in town included us in their annual charity rounds.  ("Us"  was me and my 13 brothers and sisters and Mom).  The boxes were left while we were out.  We never met the givers. On Thursday morning, as my eldest brother Willem tells it, he was up early, ...

Portrait of Isabel Single – Jamie O’Reilly, Michael P. Smith and more

October 31, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Portrait of Isabel Single – Jamie O’Reilly, Michael P. Smith and more Happy Halloween single on CD Baby. Listen to Portrait of Isabel, by Michael Smith inspired by Shirley Jackson With Jamie O'Reilly, lead vocal Meg Broz, Nia O'Reilly Amandes, Sarah Chang on harmonies. Bob Weber, cello Peter Swenson and Michael Smith, guitars Al Ehrich, bass Recorded at Roots Salon Now on CD Baby

Vinegar Man song

October 29, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Vinegar Man song Vinegar Man Recorded by Jamie O'Reilly & Friends Lyrics by Ruth Comfort Mitchell Music by Tom Amandes Jamie on lead vocals Bridget, Kate, Beth Ann, Paul and Meg on vocals Paul Amandes and Peter Swenson, guitars Stuart Rosenberg, mandolin John Floeter, bass Limited release CD available from J. O'Reilly Productions Cover image by Meg Broz   LISTEN HERE TO VINEGAR MAN [audio mp3=""][/audio]  

Anne o’ me heart ~ Her voice precedes her

October 18, 2018  |   General   |     |   4 Comments

Anne o’ me heart ~ Her voice precedes her apple-crisp morning cold enough to swim across sky, blue as a lake (by Anne Hills, haiku on the threshold of a birthday) You know her by the bright white smile and the skein of raven hair.  By the one-of-a kind artisan jewelry, and the handmade woven textiles she often wears.  The color palette and soft layers of her dramatic dress, a nod to this culture or that cause. All of Anne's being emits vibrant stories to tell. And you know the Voice: that velvet instrument with its natural tone and unforgettable beauty.  Hers is a deeply resonant sound with an old world quality that summons up joyful times.  Of families gathered in the parlor, taking turns on melody and lead, singing harmonies by ear. Decades into a laudable recording and concert career, she retains this vocal verite. Pure.  True. Pitch-perfect.  Sure to emphasize lyrics and melody.  In performance, Anne effortlessly navigates the creative line between the traditional folk music canon, and the heightened, personal realm of ...

Michael Smith Oct ’18 Enews – Appearances, Blog

October 05, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Michael Smith Oct ’18 Enews – Appearances, Blog Michael P. Smith October Enews A Note from Michael  HALLOWE'EN: Once upon a time I and everyone I knew got dressed up in costumes for Hallowe'en. We'd go door to door for free stuff and for all the adults to marvel at our outfits. In later life there'd be Hallowe'en parties and we didn't go door to door anymore and it wasn't nearly as exciting as getting all this free stuff and all your neighbors professing to not know who you were. And somewhere along the way I stopped taking any pleasure in getting all dressed up. Maybe it had something to do with going to a Hallowe'en party in college with nobody else (somehow) dressed up but me. There I was in this Dracula outfit, a red-lined cape & fangs etc. and man, the only one there in a costume, trying to feel cool nonetheless. That was a day that wearing any Hallowe'en costume just suddenly seemed pretty dorky to me.  I felt like the coyote in the Roadrunner cartoon, standing in mid-air. What I'm getting at is that things are acceptable and fun, and then they're not, and suddenly seeing that ...

Dancing in the Wind – Song

October 03, 2018  |   General   |     |   2 Comments

Dancing in the Wind – Song [caption id="attachment_7348" align="alignleft" width="238"] O'Reilly, Van Delinder & Swenson 1993[/caption] LONGING SONG Dancing in the Wind. David Van Delinder's sublime autumn ballad With David, Peter Swenson, John Floeter, Bob Weber, Shawna Lake and others. This song from our The Way the Heart is Sculpted CD. Listen at link below. Jamie performs this song at Wishbone North.  Sunday, Nov 18. read more here on blog.   [audio mp3=""][/audio]

Jamie O’Reilly, Paul Amandes Wishbone 11/18

September 13, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Jamie O’Reilly, Paul Amandes  Wishbone 11/18 [caption id="attachment_8424" align="alignleft" width="259"] photo by Iwona Biedermann[/caption] Roots Salon at Wishbone North Presents A Harvest Home Salon featuring Jamie O'Reilly and Paul Amandes Sunday, Nov 18 at 7 PM Wishbone North 3300 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, Il  Admission $20.  Advance tickets recommended.  Jamie's Ph 773.203.7661 for info.   Get tickets via PayPal link (below), or email to send a check. Download the flyer Wishbone 11 18 Read Jamie's Nov News Vocalist and Salonniere Jamie O'Reilly hosts an evening of songs of harvest and home at this family-centered  Lakeview restaurant. Jamie leads the first set at 7:00 PM Jamie is with Peter Swenson on guitar,  John Floeter on bass Daughters Meg Broz and Nia O'Reilly Amandes harmonize.       Paul Amandes Band performs his originals in 2nd Set at 8:00 PM Paul leads on guitar with Marcus Ranucci on sax, clarinet Jim Lunsford, keyboard   - Mike Amandes, drums - John Floeter, bass Tickets Wishbone 11/18 Jamie & Paul 1 tix $20.00 USD

Michael Smith at Wishbone North Oct 13 at 7 PM

September 08, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Michael Smith at Wishbone North Oct 13 at 7 PM UPDATE FOR TONIGHT OCT 13 SHOW! The restaurant does not handle music admission. Jamie will be at the door. There are some seats available. Please reserve ahead via Paypal link below to guarantee a seat. Or pay cash at the door.  We check this site only until 5:30 PM Sat.  If you reserve after, please text Jamie 773-203-7661, to confirm seating.   J. O'Reilly Roots Salon Concerts at Wishbone Presents Michael P. Smith, solo Saturday Oct 13 at 7:00 PM Wishbone North 3300 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, Il Admission is $20. Phone (773) 549.2663 (restaurant) Note: Reserve seats below via PayPal Or email to send a check For more information call Jamie (773)203.7661   Tickets Wishbone 10/13 Michael 10/13 one $20.00 USD Michael 10/13 two $40.00 USD Michael 10/13 three $60.00 USD Michael 10/13 four $80.00 USD

Fall Gigs – Michael P. Smith

September 08, 2018  |   General   |     |   0 Comment

Fall Gigs – Michael P. Smith Michael Smith Fall Enews Sunday, Sept 30 at 2:00 PM Lisle Library Meeting Room A/B 777 Front Street Lisle, IL 60532 Phone: (630) 971-1675 (Sponsored by Friends of the Library) Saturday, Oct 13 at 7:00 PM Michael Smith, solo Wishbone North 3300 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, Il Phone: (773) 549.2663 (restaurant) Information: Admission is $20. Restaurant link: Reserve seats ahead via Jamie's blog page Saturday, Oct 20, 3:00 - 6:00 PM* Special Guest for Leopold Segedin Retrospective Exhibition & Book Launch Rare Nest Gallery 3433 N Kedvale Chicago, Il Reservations Required: Phone (708) 616-8671 Note: The Segedin book release/exhibit, runs Sept 15 to Oct 21. Michael will be part of the panel discussion Oct 20. *Time TBA. Listen to Michael sing Hey, Kid, accompanied by Leo's paintings: ST. LOUIS AREA Friday, Nov 2 at 8:00 PM The Focal Point 2720 Sutton Blvd Maplewood, MO Phone: (314) 560-2778