Jamie O’Reilly ~ current bio, cds and collaborators


 “O’Reilly’s voice is a shiny, versatile instrument that knows how to caress as well as trumpet.

Listen to Jamie sing A Cradle in Bethlehem (recorded live on WFMT)

LATEST BIO of Jamie O’Reilly
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Jamie is known in the theater and music community for her singing, and for the powerful live productions and recordings she creates.
She is also known for networking, activism and the community projects she spearheads to empower artists.

In 2007, Jamie became Salonniere of Roots Salon, hosting events in her home.
Read more about Roots Salon.

Roots Salon, parlor
Roots Salon, parlor

Continuing a tradition begun by her creative relations at the turn of the last century, she presents the finest performers and artists on an ongoing basis. In the past several years, Roots Salon presented over 120 artists. Fall of 2014 began with Season 2 of the Roots Salon member program,

In addition to hosting bi-monthly Roots Salons, 2014 brought new collaborations with: HotHouse, a multi-disciplinary arts organization, with whom she produced Rekindling the Salon, an artist retreat and soiree in Lakeside, MI.  and with St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Old Irving Park, with whom she produced a five event Salon Series. Jamie co-produced End of Life/Afterlife, a moving four day arts festival with St. John’s.  Jamie is proud to be a member of Celtic Women International, for whom she presents programs several times a year

As one of Chicago’s most beloved song stylists and ballad singers, she performs as a concert soloist, and with the Jamie O’Reilly Trio.  She is often the performer of choice for tribute concerts and memorials. A graduate of DePaul University School of Music, Jamie’s vocal debut was at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. She toured with the popular folk band Jamie O’Reilly & The Rogues.

Wintersongs_-_Front_Cover (1)Jamie has 9 albums to her credit. Her latest CD is WinterSong, a 13 track compilation that launched the Voices of Roots Salon audio series, and includes recorded favorites, previously unreleased songs, and her original lyric writing.  More here.

Pasiones_2011Jamie appears with a stellar crop of collaborators, among them guitarist Peter Swenson and songwriter Michael Smith, with whom she created Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War, Hello Dali: From the Sublime to the Surreal, Songs of the Kerry Madwoman, The Gift of the Magi, performed with WGN Radio Host Rick Kogan).  Jamie and Michael appear in Songs of a Catholic Childhood (recently at Chief O’Neill’s Pub and the Irish American Heritage Center to a capacity crowd).  Their most recent creation, Epitaphs and Apparitions, was seen at RhinoFest 2015.  More programs here.

Pete Seeger Space2A highlight of Jamie’s performance experiences is appearing with her musical daughters Meg and Nia (of the band Midnight Moxie), who learned at her knee that with music, art and community we can make a great life.

This winter Jamie produced Phase I of Winter-Rising: Snowbound Artist Diaries, an investigation of the affect of winter on the Artist psyche, with Stella Brown and Nia O’Reilly Amandes co-curating.  Phase II: Presentation will take place next winter.



Read more about Jamie. Listen to her sing on these pages.

Purchase WinterSong: Voices of Roots Salon, Vol 1,  here.