On Sept 26, 2020, Anne Hills, Jamie O’Reilly, Paul Amandes, and pianist John Erickson performed a concert, recorded at the Hinsdale Unitarian Church, honoring the musical life of their friend, the beloved singer/songwriter Michael P. Smith, who died on August 3 of this year. Produced, hosted and engineered by Rich Warren for Folkstage, a program […]

Jamie’s “In Old Chicago” song demo is now mastered! A CD with 5 songs from my new show will be available to venues, media and my fans this December. Parts of it will be the soundtrack for a music video I’m making this winter. Thanks to Mary Mazurek, engineer at WFMT. And thanks to Michael […]

Pictured “Eileen Dhu’- Dorothy (Nell) O’Reilly TuckerPublished early 1900s JOLIETA child came fresh from the prairies Where the clean-faced sun comes leaping o’er the mesas, Drawing a veil of mystery over the sage-brush And gilding the horns of the cattle; Came to live, for a while, in a mill-town. This was the town; First were […]

The singer’s life: folly or fairytale? “All the intelligence and talent in the world can’t make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can’t be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.” (Willa Cather, Song of the Lark) I came to my Summer Solstice concert last Friday […]

I am a singer. “When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord.” (Willa Cather, Song of the Lark) The Early Years: The Fine Arts BuildingMy first job in Chicago […]

Center Portion Presents A Summer Solstice SalonFriday, June 21 at 8:00 PM Jamie O’Reilly, vocalswith John Erickson, pianoand Sheila Donohue, readingCenter Portion2850 1/2 West FullertonChicago, IlTickets $20. (Paypal below)Limited Seating.  Reservations: roots@jamieoreilly.com; call 773.203.7661More: http://www.centerportion.com/   ticket one ticket $20.00 USD2 tickets $40.00 USD3 tickets $60.00 USD4 tickets $80.00 USD A Voice for the Soul […]