Roots in Ireland Project Donor & Sponsor Page

Climbing out of the pandemic, after a year of personal losses, and earning minimal business income, Jamie kicks-off an ambitious cultural arts, community project with “Roots in the Garden,” an outdoor music series in distinctive Chicago area venues, reviving the Salon tradition of her artistic foremothers, and fostered by Jamie for over 25 years – until the pandemic!

She is creating an extensive marketing and fundraising effort for the yearlong project: Roots in Ireland, collaborating with women-owned businesses and skilled artisans. She is hiring musicians, recording engineers, graphic and video designers. And seeking compensation herself! The project culminates with Jamie’s trip to Ireland summer of 2022, exploring her roots. Celebrating her musical and literary heritage. YOUR SUPPORT is needed and appreciated! 

Contribute here via Paypal.

The exciting Roots in Ireland 2022 Project is in launch mode! This ambitious yearlong effort will involve:

  • Writing webpages and blogs
  • Recording and reviewing the musical catalog
  • Designing a marketing and fundraising campaign
  • Extensive social media outreach
  • Hiring a videographer
  • Creating a pitch video
  • Doing radio interviews
  • Hosting Roots in the Garden Salon Events (see image below)
  • Setting up concerts of In Old Chicago
  • Developing Business Sponsorships
  • Creating and assembling donor premiums
  • Producing virtual and in person public fundraising events
  • Co-hosting family history events
  • Seeking performance opportunities in Ireland
  • Developing a travel itinerary
  • Developing programming in Ireland
  • Documenting the project
The first Salon event in Chicago, more to come.

Support Jamie O’Reilly’s Roots in Ireland 2022 Project!

Thanks for the encouragement about the Roots in Ireland Project.  It is gaining momentum! 

I started producing a video with videographer Jeffrey Bivens. We inteviewed Siobhan McKinney at Chief O’Neill’s Pub.

A snail-mailing went out this week. I launched a birthday fundraiser via FACEBOOK.

I am filling in the performance calendar with concerts at Dreambox Gallery Garden, Tre Kronor Swedish Bistro, Givens Castle and a private home in Cary, Il, with my band the Rogues.

Read more here:

I’m meeting with friends, artists and business owners. We are planning a VIP Fete event for the fall, and creating gift premiums for supporters.  We are featuring women-owned businesses and artisans among the offerings.

  • House & Garden Concerts for intimate gatherings
  • Jennifer Friedrich’s La Fée Verte Apothecary
  • Chief O’Neill’s Pub, VIP event 
  • Tre Kronor Swedish Bistro & The Sweden Shop
  • Iwona Biedermann’s Dreambox Gallery photography
  • One of a kind clothing and gifts
  • Decorative handicrafts by quilters, seamstresses, crafters
  • Foodstuffs
  • Musical recordings

Come on board!
Read about the project on this page:

Please click on pay button below with Paypal or credit card to make a donation. Zelle and checks are also accepted. (see form below) Questions? Email

The online form looks like the onebelow.
Or print the pdf. Click here.

Postcard Mailing will take place the week of May 1.