Jamie’s Roots Blog – 2013 Winter Preview

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Notes on 2012; 2013 Winter Preview

A few weeks ago my daughters and I caroled house-to-house on our block in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.  We were joined by my very musical family and  friends from the Chicago music community. I let our neighbors know we were coming, and we were met by kids in pajamas, and whole families – waiting for the 50 person throng to come to their door and sing.  Caroling was a highlight of the season for us and for Roots Salon, the intimate performance space in my home.

In 2012, Roots Salon also brought great  Salon concerts by Willa Moore, Beau O’Reilly and Ed Reardon, Anne Hills and Ilene Weiss, and my daughters’ band Midnight Moxie

Winnemac Park, CAM Photo by Mallory Gillikin

I host a monthly women’s salon with the Community of Voices.  We created “What Will the Neighbors Say?”, an art installation at Winnemac Park, Chicago. Artist Loretta Line curated. We had over 120 participants from the neighborhood.

The Community of Voices is also Maureen Connolly, Maureen Flannery, Lois Hobart, Kristin Lems, Willa Moore, Anne Schultz, Mary Watson, and hospice nurse and playwright Catherine Gallogly, whose play Tying Up Loose Ends  (which I directed) had its own success in 2012. Catherine and daughter Ann took the show to the American Hospital Association conference in Boston, Mass.

December brought the release of Songs of a Catholic Childhood CD with Michael Smith and John Abbey and me.  We worked hard to get our songs and stories out to folks and are excited it leads to more concerts, tours and building a new, broader audience.

Winter 2013

Comin’ up: Michael and I will return to Evanston SPACE on January 20 with the SONGS show. We are honored to be featured artists for the Poetry Fdn this February 9 & 10, in a program called And the Poet Sang: The Heart’s Place.

My brother Beau O’Reilly introduced the Poetry Fdn to our work.  Beau curates the 24th Annual Rhino Theatre Festival with its opening gala Jan 12 at Prop Thr on Elston. Also in the Fest this year is Identity Cruxes, an offering from my brother Ned – on Feb 2 & 3.  READ bout RHINO:  http://rhinofest.com/

February 10 (evening) also brings a special Mardi GrasSongs of a Catholic Childhood event for our patrons featuring a talk with journalist Bob McClory Write for your invite!

So, dear friends, let’s gear-up for another year of great music.

And DO come out and see us!  We DO miss you!


Songs of a Catholic Childhood “Midwinter”

Sun Jan 20 at 3 PM
Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Ave
PH: 847.492.8860

“I just enjoyed your show for the second time.
Even as a recording, it’s authentically touching. And gets better and better as it goes along. Excellent writing and nice quiet comic timing–and then there’s your lovely voice.
I hope a million people hear this work.”
-Colleen F.

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LISTEN: https://www.jamieoreilly.com/2012/11/the-holy-citybells-of-st-marys/


Saturday Feb 9 at 7:00 PM; Sunday Feb 10 at 3 PM
The Poetry Foundation presents “Poetry in Music”
Michael Smith with Jamie O’Reilly
“And the Poet Sang: The Heart’s Place”

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL  60664
Phone/Website: 312.787.7070; http://poetryfoundation.org

Michael and Jamie perform songs of love – love of place, heart and homeland. Original song-settings of poems by literary-luminaries from Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and F. Garcia Lorca, to essayist Ann Carson and William Butler Yeats.

The work of the ancient Irish and Chinese, and setting of poems by David Hernandez and the late Chicago poet Patricia Monaghan are among the selections. Original material from folk cabarets Pasiones: Songs of the Spanish Civil War and Hello Dali: From the Sublime to the Surreal, is also featured.


Sunday, February 10 at 7 PM
Songs of a Catholic Childhood
Special VIP Mardi Gras show
Guest Speaker: Celebrated Journalist Bob McClory
By invitation in Glen Ellyn, Il
PH Jamie: 773.203.7661; Email: jamie@jamieoreilly.com
$50 person, show and supper.