“In Old Chicago, Stories & Songs of a Beloved City”
Vocalist Jamie O’Reilly
with John Erickson on piano
Special guest reader Judi Heikes
Chief O’Neill’s Pub
Wednesday, October 16 at 8:00 PM, vocalist Jamie O’Reilly returns to Chief O’Neill’s glorious pub, in an evening of songs and stories celebrating Chicago’s vibrant immigrant population. In this new program, Jamie reflects on forty years in her beloved city, with tales of its neighborhoods, and stories of her Irish and German ancestors and others: artists, writers, and feisty activists, who were part of Chicago’s Literary Renaissance, and free speech movement, around the turn-of-the last century, into and following the first world war. There’ll also be lore from and about Studs Terkel (a friend of Jamie’s), the truest voice for the City of Big Shoulders and its characters.
Songs frame this musical history, reminiscent of by-gone eras, and showcase Jamie’s signature soprano, and expansive repertoire from theater pieces, radio shows, commissions and cultural programs. She sings songbird-style ballads, romantic standards, sultry gypsy ballads, Celtic folksongs, parlor songs, Americana ballads, and songs written for and by her. Jamie will be accompanied by John Erickson on piano. Writer Judi Heikes joins them, narrating and reading selections
Listen to a sample here. Love’s Sweet Song. Jamie with John Erickson, piano.
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