J. O’REILLY PRODUCTIONS & ROOTS SALON SPRING BLOG
A Note from Jamie
Recording and Radio
Roots “Ancestors” Salon Series
May Day at St. John’s with The Go Away Girls & More
Featured Artists Catherine Gallogly & Zoe Keithley
Michigan Artist Retreat
Ireland: Jamie’s Musical Tour, 2015
A note from Jamie. First of all…Mazel tov to daughter Nia and son-in-law to be Casey Brazeal on your engagement! Happy 50th to my twin sisters, Bernadette and Bridget (4/8). Happy 90th to my Mom, Winifred (4/18). My extended family now nears 90 in number! thank you for all your love of our traditions. Family. Music. Theater. Language. Community. What we produce together and apart are a source of pride and awe for me every day.
My own news? Well, while we were shoveling snow and waiting out the winter Roots Salon “gave birth” to 3 new collaborations, and added 5 new faces to my artist roster! “Ancestors 2014” is Roots Salon’s year-long cultural arts series that investigates the source of the art we produce in a variety of ways: through our heritage, traditions, history, language, music and the seasons of life. At the invitation of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park, Roots is co-producing some of our Salon Series there! The launch will be a May Day event, (May 3), with stirring musical and literary fare focusing on rebirth, the tradition of the May Festival, and the glory of spring. We return to St. John’s in October with the End of Life/Afterlife series, featuring original work of the women of Roots Salon, and Epitaphs and Apparitions, a dramatic reading of work by 18th & 19th c American authors, and featuring a formidable group of Chicago area actors and musicians.
In August, Anne Hills & I will be artists-in-residence, presenting Rekindling the Salon, retreat and soiree, for the HotHouse Lakeside Studios program in Lakeside Michigan. Guest presenters include Judie Anderson (illustrator, former art director of the Chicago Tribune), Sue Demel (singer/songwriter) and Beau O’Reilly (playwright/writing teacher/actor).
IRELAND. Anne recommended me, and so I have been invited to lead a tour to Ireland June 15 – 23, 2015. A musical tour. It is a dream of mine was to return there and sing again, possibly with my daughters.
Take note of two events coming up, showcasing the work of my roster artists. Zoe Keithley, April 26, leading a writer’s workshop at Roots and reading from her new novel on Kindle. AND go see Catherine Gallogly, hospice nurse turned storyteller (whose play I developed with her back in 2010), when she brings Tying Up Loose Ends to the Admiral on the Lake on April 25, at the invitation of Women’s Salon member Lois Hobart, who also brings her singing talent to the piece.
Happy Spring. Happy Passover and Easter dear ones! -jamie
LISTEN. Leavin’ on a Jetplane, with my vocals, niece Katrina on harmony and Peter Swenson, guitar. The 50th Birthday CD from Bernadette & Bridget, a Private recording.
LISTEN. To podcast Salon Special, Jamie with Rick Kogan After Hours on WGN Radio.
TUNE IN. Live radio. Our May Day segment, Sun April 27 WNUR 89.3 fm The Folk Show with Ron Lewis.
See Storyteller Catherine Gallogly
Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm
Admiral on the Lake presents
Tying Up Loose Ends: Stories of Undying Love
with Lois Hobart, vocalist and Mary Warren Moffit, piano
Written by Catherine Gallogly
Admiral-on-the Lake Gathering Room
929 W Foster, Chicago, Il
$20 (non resident)
PH: 773-289-9206; Parking available on the street. More about Catherine: https://www.jamieoreilly.com/about/catherine-gallogly-writer/
Roots Salon Writers Series Presents
Zoe Keithley, Master Speaker
Sat. April 26 – 2 events
Workshop 4-6 pm; Reading 7:30 pm
at Roots Salon (my private address)
Reservations PH 773-203-7661;
$25 workshop only. $20 talk only. $30 both events.
We serve dessert. You BYOB. Seating is limited. Street parking. Purchase tickets ahead.
May Day. Music. Poetry. Stories. Shakespeare.
Roots Salon at St. John’s
Presents May Day
Saturday, May 3 at 7 o’clock pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
3857 N Kostner, Chicago, Il
$18/45 family adv $20/50 door
PH: 773-203-7661; Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Jamie O’Reilly, Michael Smith, Peter Swenson, Kathy O’Neill, Mark Piekarz, Victor Holstein & The Go Way Girls: Meg and Nia O’Reilly Amandes
Special thanks to Jean of Dream Gardens for the flowering planter door prize!
AUGUST – LIMITED SPACES OPEN
HotHouse Presents a Lakeside Studios Program
“Rekindling the Salon,”
with Jamie O’Reilly & Anne Hills
Writing for Performance Artist Retreat
Soiree & Concert at Lakeside Studios and Historic Inn
Address: 15251 Lakeshore Road Lakeside, MI 49116
PH: 269.469.0600 (for Inn only)
August 5, 6, 7 2014 Retreat/Workshops
$360 (*plus lodging) T/W/Th. 10 am – 5 pm
August 7, Soiree & Concert, General Tickets $25
5:30 Historian talk with Judie Anderson; 7:00 Reception
8:00 Performance in the historic ballroom, with an artist showcase
Save-the-date(s) for June 14-23 2015!
I am returning to my beloved Ireland, leading an Inishfree Music Tour to the Dingle Peninsula, Cork “the Burren” and more! YOU can join me! Be part of a relaxed, flexible and thrilling tour focusing on Ireland’s heritage, history and culture with an emphasis on the native traditional music scene. We’ll be there 9 days and nights experiencing the best music and scenery steeped in the rich Irish culture and history. Hear: Irish songwriters, poets, and traditional musicians at ‘craicin’ sessions of classic pubs. See castles, cottages and abbey ruins, stone circles, round towers, and dolmens, rugged coastlines with crashing waves and calm sandy beaches, and back road vistas full of flowering hedgerows and a thousand shades of green. Listen to me sing and lead songs at sights, and for gatherings along the way. (My daughters may be with me, too!) Stay tuned. Go to my blog! https://www.jamieoreilly.com/ireland-tour-with-jamie-oreilly-june-15/
Save-the-dates for Beau O’Reilly & Friends, May 16/17, at Roots.
Bill Flynn, Master Speaker, May 31 at Roots. RootsFest, Aug 16th.
Amy Meadows, Master Speaker Sept 20 at Roots.
Songs of a Catholic Childhood at the Irish Am Heritage Center, Sept 26.
Join our Roots Salon group on Facebook.