Spring has sprung. The winter is going. So this means “the melt” and all it reveals. Your prompt, should you choose to accept it, is REVEAL.The path through my back-yard, which I can finally walk without slipping on ice, is littered with the droppings of rabbits, and the tree branch overhead has the first robin. What […]

“…a compelling poet and performer I didn’t take a breath during her reading!”  TallGrass Writers Guild presents Willa Moore Featured Author, March Open Mic Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Powell’s Bookstore 1218 S Halsted, Chicago Call 312.243.9070 Admission is $6, $5 for students Visit TallGrass website:  www.outriderpress.net Join performance poet and singer songwriter Willa Moore for a […]

Michael P.  Smith March – April Blog and E-newsletter The NEW CD The Selfish Giant Songs of a Catholic Childhood, Chief O’Neill’s Pub, Mar 5 New Jersey Mar 20-21-22 Anne Hills concert April 18 Moby Dick project at the MCA   A note from Jamie O’Reilly Michael completed the run of The Selfish Giant on Sunday, and is moving this […]

Solamente song by Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith Recorded on Swimming Deeper I wrote this lyric as a journal entry at Urbis Orbis, a hipster coffeeshop in Chicago’s Wicker Park in winter of 1993. It was where I went after the gym, when I had a broken heart, and my kids were at school and I didn’t […]

  If you’re walking up and down these alleys take your rosary underneath these churchyards miners died. So long the Mass today gonna be a hot Sunday get away. Don’t you wish that you could stay here? Well, well, well could this be Helen and Gene’s son? Well he sure has grown Yeah, he sure […]

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends   Listen to one of the greatest love songs ever written Red is the Rose, Jamie O’Reilly Trio Jamie O’Reilly Trio with Jamie, Michael Smith (guitar), Bob Weber (cello), Peter Swenson (guitar) and John Floeter (bass)   Red is the Rose Come over the hill My bonnie Irish lad Come over […]

Roots Salon Presents Beau O’Reilly and Edward Reardon Deep Ballads and Odd Blues With Special Guest Willa Moore Saturday February 25 8 PM Roots Salon 773.203.7661 or email roots@jamieoreilly.com Private address call for reservation “I am at my most joyful on stage, in a band, singin raw or sweet.” Roots Salon presents a full evening […]