Jamie’s Irish Sampler ~ 40 years of song

“As the years pass by and quickly too, the sound of your voice and the instrumental accompaniment become even more precious.”  

Irish Song Sampler
Jamie O’Reilly shares songs from recordings with Peter Swenson, Michael P. Smith, John Erickson, Jamie O’Reilly & The Rogues, and the Jamie O’Reilly Trio, with Bob Weber.

To listen to her, in song or in speech, is to realize that she carries an
essential message. She enlightens. She empowers. She enraptures.”

Rick Kogan, WGN Radio, Chicago Tribune

Jamie’s 2023 recording of songs from In Old Chicago, recorded live at WFMT Levin Studio, has several Celtic ballads, accompanied by John Erickson on (grand) piano. Among them the Scottish song Annie Laurie, and I Know Where I’m Going, a signature song of Jamie’s Aunt Dorothy.

Listen to I Know Where I’m Going

“I Know Where I’m Going”, accompanied by John Erickson

Jamie O’Reilly made her first musical recording in 1984 at WFMT Studio, the famed classical radio station, with Peter Swenson accompanying on guitar. Produced by Anne Hills, and engineered by long-time Midnight Special host Rich Warren, the cassette album had 10 songs, performed in the art-song style reminiscent of singer and harpist Mary O’Hara, a favorite of Stud Terkel.

In 2015, the album was remastered and re-released with two additional songs, accompanied by Peter Swenson and Michael P. Smith on guitar: the folksong The Butcher Boy, and Young Lad of the Braided Hair, words and music by Smith.

Listen to Young Lad of the Braided Hair


Listen to Red is the Rose
with the Jamie O’Reilly Trio,

from Souvenir, 2008

Fan favorite!
Listen to Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go
Banks of the Roses, with The Rogues
Recorded, 1986

Will, Ye Go, Lassie Go

Listen to Danny Boy, Cockles and Mussels,
She Would Sing the Kerry Dances, Holy Ground/Leavin’ of Liverpool

Jamie O’Reilly & The Rogues
with Tom Amandes, Paul Amandes, Peter Swenson, John Floeter and Stuart Rosenberg


Listen to The Foggy Dew
Songs of the Kerry Madwoman, 2006
with Peter Swenson, Michael Smith, James Conway,
Lily Floeter, John Floeter, Bob Weber

Songs of a Catholic Childhood – live
Listen to The Holy City* & Bells of St. Mary’s Medley
(*The Holy City was a favorite of author James Joyce)
with Michael Smith, John Abbey, bass

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  1. As the years pass by and quickly too, the sound of your voice and the instrumental accompaniment become even more precious.

    Thank you my friend.

    Lee Ann

  2. What a wonderful surprise to find this tonight. I’ve seen you perform several times at the Lindem’s in Rockford and at the Woodstock Folk Festival.Also enjoy several of your CDs. To me your voice is so beautiful… like silk and heather. Thank you for sharing Jamie. HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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