Songs of Catholic Childhood Blog

COME to Our Spring Showcase


“Jamie and Michael bring us to our lives:
to cherish what is simple, know what is lost,
and remember the best of times.”

Songs of a Catholic Childhood
Presented by Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant
And J. O’Reilly Productions
With Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith
Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm
Sunday, April 22, two shows 4 pm & 7 pm
Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm

Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant
3471 N. Elston Ave
Music Cover $20
Call about special dinner & dessert packages
Reservations Required
PH 773. 583.3066


Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith, (with John Abbey on bass) present their latest musical offering, Songs of a Catholic Childhood Spring Showcase, a heartfelt, hilarious and liberating musical journey. The beloved musical team presents a range of personal stories and songs: from folk songs and hymns to Mary, to pub songs and Leonard Cohen, to a nostalgic tribute to Catholic icons of film.

Through this personal and profound portrait of the America of the 40’s, 50s, and 60s – Michael as the oldest of six in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post WWII New Jersey; Jamie as a Baby-Boomer, and middle kid, in a huge artistic family, in a small Illinois town – they celebrate the wonder of childhood and the wisdom of our years.

Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant offers special dinner and dessert packages in the lovely dining room.  Seating is limited.  Groups accepted. Street parking. Five minutes from the Kennedy Expressway, near Addison.

Read more here, and listen to the “Songs” demo


Produced with support from Lincoln Quality Meat Market