Windy City House Concerts

Past Shows

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  • Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble - October 14, 2018

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    You will not be able to sit still for this concert! Your feet will be tapping along at the very least and most likely you’ll be dancing in your seat!

    Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.

    Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015 & 2013 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, a 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and a 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards.

    On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

    “One of the brightest young fiddlers around today.” — Brian O’Donovan, host of WGBH radio’s “A Celtic Sojourn”

    “Particularly impressive” — The Boston Globe

    “Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.” — Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Jazz Series, Yale University

    “Mari Black is an extraordinary musician; her sound is musical enthusiasm personified.” — Dr. John Turner, 10-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion

    http://www.mariblack.com

    https://www.youtube.com/user/mariblackmusic/videos

    https://www.facebook.com/MariBlackMusic

    https://twitter.com/MariBlackMusic

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM through October 28, 2018

    FARM 2018

    FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) is the home region for Windy City House Concerts. I've been attending this conference since we moved to Chicago. I'm also the Official Showcase Coordinator for the conference. If you are interesting in checking out one of the Folk Alliance conferences, this is a great one to attend first. Please check out the conference website and/or get in touch if you want more information.

  • Thursday, November 08, 2018 at 12:00 PM through November 11, 2018
    Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT

    NERFA 2018

    NERFA is the NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance. This event is the 2018 Annual NERFA conference which I will be attending this year for the first time. I've attended lots of other Folk Alliance conferences but not this one.

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 10 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Naming the Twins

    Special Holiday Season and CD Release Show!

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    "Sing the Winter Away" is the latest album from Naming the Twins. They may not be able to stop winter from happening, but you can start with a lot of warmth in your heart when you join us for this who!

    Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel, if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off. Their original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.

    Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles and remarkably well matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform. Their presentations are well balanced with thoughtful ballads and toe-tappin’ numbers, transporting the listener with lyrical imagery and sweet harmonies.

    Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life. From an early age, through the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination took flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flowed back through his pen and onto the page.

    His truly inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea and the attention of Roger Whitaker who recorded four of Smith’s songs. Robbie has also shared the stage with Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron and recorded several albums of his own.

    In 2008, after years of being a solo artist, Robbie was taken with the voice of an acquaintance and knew he had found his vocal soul mate – a special blend that some performers never find.

    From the beginning, Kath Glauser brought her clear natural folky harmonies, organizational skills and engaging stage presence to the table and has since added lead vocals, guitar and mandolin.

    Listen and learn more at the links below. The last link is a brand new interview from November 10, 2018.

    http://www.namingthetwins.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/NamingTheTwins/

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4eNKOBd1Q5PrsgfYN0eGln

    Five Questions With Naming The Twins

  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 03:00 PM · 13 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Jackie Bristow - Sunday, December 16, 2018

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $20 suggested artist donation*

    For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    Jackie Bristow was born and raised in Gore, a small rural community in the lower half of New Zealand's South Island, and home to New Zealand country music's Gold Guitar awards. Her singing career began at the age of eight, when she took a shine to church hymns at St. Mary's Primary School, inspired by her music teacher Walter Hailes. Encouraged by their grandmother, piano teacher Molly Scully, Jackie and her younger sister Katrina entered the Gold Guitar awards as children. By the time she was 11, the duo was sweeping up a string of awards in various categories. By the age of 14, the "Bristow Sisters" were gigging regularly throughout the South Island. Around this time, she began to mine her parents' record collection, discovering classic songs from Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt and even "Solid Gold Hits!"

    Bristow began to write her own songs, a secret passion that would remain hidden from the world for the next seven years. At 17, she left high school and enrolled in the Invercargill Polytechnic Music School, where she hooked up with local musicians. She spent the next 18 months singing regularly in pop and cover bands all around New Zealand. The professional Bristow had by then immersed herself in the music of Rickie Lee Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Crowded House.

    Performing was fun, but she could no longer ignore the desire to write and perform her own material, which had been growing steadily since leaving Invercargill in 1994. She went to Sydney, Australia, where she gradually wrote, recorded and performed her original songs, playing late-night bars to empty rooms, saving pennies and working as a nanny to make ends meet. It was in Sydney that she met her now longtime friend, Mark Punch, who provided her with great perspective and the musical career guidance she had been missing until then.

    Bristow has shared the stage with many of her musical heroes. Opening for Bonnie Raitt in New Zealand on her 2013 "Slipstream" tour was a dream come true. She was invited back in 2017 to join Raitt on her "Dig in Deep" tour. She has also opened for the Steve Miller Band and Foreigner as well as Tommy Emanuel, Joan Oates, Joe Ely, Madeleine Peyroux, Art Garfunkel and many more.

    Her live performances have captivated audiences and reviewers alike. One reviewer of her show on the Tommy Emmanuel tour wrote: "Opening for a musical giant like Emmanuel would seem a daunting task, but Bristow was relaxed as her soulfully-seductive melodies reverberated within the auditorium. Her beautiful voice and earnest songs resonated with the audience, and they applauded her eagerly. Near the end of the show, Bristow joined Emmanuel on stage for an amazing duet that received a standing ovation."

    She has released four albums, the latest, "Shot of Gold," released in 2016 received critical acclaim and charted in her native New Zealand.

    Bristow now calls music mecca, Nashville Tennessee home. She tours the U.S. as well as New Zealand and other countries regularly.

     

    https://jackiebristow.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/JackieBristowMusic/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxKUNEkY_ThLWcUYa40Wcww