Windy City House Concerts

Past Shows

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  • Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 19 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Last Acre - Sunday, April 7, 2019

    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)

    Last Acre is the project of Mark and Molly Mathewson, a father and daughter from Illinois. The duo has performed across the Midwest, opening for acts such as Robbie Fulks, Tim Grimm, and Antje Duvekot. Their sound is rooted in traditional Appalachian folk music, with one foot in bluegrass and the other in the prairie songwriting sensibilities of Greg Brown and John Prine. With blood-kin harmonies and dry, tongue-in-cheek repartee, and a friendly connection to their audiences, the two put on a wonderful show perfect for the house concert setting.

    Mark Mathewson is a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (Merlefest). His songs have been recorded by a number of bluegrass acts, including 2017 Grammy nominee Blue Highway, The Lonesome River Band, Ernie Thacker, Kenny Smith, and Josh Williams.

    I discovered Last Acre by accident when they opened for another artist I had gone to see. I was blown away on first hearing. I was able to present them to the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference a couple years ago. Their showcase was a conference favorite, especially for a brand new duo. It took us a little while to find a date for a show but I'm thrilled that we did. 

    https://www.lastacremusic.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/LastAcre/

    https://www.instagram.com/lastacremusic/

    https://twitter.com/lastacre

    https://soundcloud.com/lastacre

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDjTxQ82msh5-B01656pPDw/featured

     

  • Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    WFMT-FM 98.7 FM in Chicago, IL

    Ari & Mia - Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. on WFMT-FM Folkstage

    Music at 8:00 p.m.

    Live on WMFT-FM Folkstage

    98.7 FM or Online

     

    Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.

    Since 2008 the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. They've performed alongside Sarah Jarosz, opened for the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis, and played at venues such as Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Mainstage Emerging Artist Showcase, Club Passim, the Parlor Room, New Bedford Folk Festival, and Jordan Hall. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.

    Ari & Mia just put out a new album, Sew The City, which was debuted on billboard.com!

     

    “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with lyrical wizardry and expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds. Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins.

    “The ladies use their varied instruments wisely, thoughtfully and cleverly. They are only two people after all, but at times they sound like a full band. Each instrument adds a melodic piece of the puzzle and as they proceed the picture of the puzzle becomes more and more clear. They add and subtract their varied instruments at moments when the instruments provide their sharpest imagery and appeal. This is European rural type music, filled with colorful flowers and meadows, rushing cool rivers, smoke from a thatched roof chimney and created with a vibrant old world flavor. The hocus pocus and abracadabra is all in their vocals. So distinctive and shined to a sparkle.”

    — No Depression

    “Ari & Mia blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles.”

    — SingOut! Magazine

    "Ari & Mia are promising talents who have what it takes to make it. Their charming vocals, instrumental expertise, and interpretations shine."

    — Common Folk Music

    "Deceptively simple and highly personal...the intimacy just blows your mind. They seamlessly genre blend some organic styles into one delightfully tasty stew that'll have you coming back for seconds --- and more."

    — Midwestrecord.com

    http://www.ariandmiamusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://soundcloud.com/ariandmia

    https://www.instagram.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://twitter.com/ariandmiamusic

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEFDEEdwjCR1fuoxlv-4xQ

     

  • Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Ari & Mia - Sunday, May 5, 2019

    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)

    Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.

    Since 2008 the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. They've performed alongside Sarah Jarosz, opened for the likes of Cheryl Wheeler and Catie Curtis, and played at venues such as Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Mainstage Emerging Artist Showcase, Club Passim, the Parlor Room, New Bedford Folk Festival, and Jordan Hall. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.

    Ari & Mia just put out a new album, Sew The City, which was debuted on billboard.com!

     

    “Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with lyrical wizardry and expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds. Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins.

    “The ladies use their varied instruments wisely, thoughtfully and cleverly. They are only two people after all, but at times they sound like a full band. Each instrument adds a melodic piece of the puzzle and as they proceed the picture of the puzzle becomes more and more clear. They add and subtract their varied instruments at moments when the instruments provide their sharpest imagery and appeal. This is European rural type music, filled with colorful flowers and meadows, rushing cool rivers, smoke from a thatched roof chimney and created with a vibrant old world flavor. The hocus pocus and abracadabra is all in their vocals. So distinctive and shined to a sparkle.”

    — No Depression

    “Ari & Mia blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles.”

    — SingOut! Magazine

    "Ari & Mia are promising talents who have what it takes to make it. Their charming vocals, instrumental expertise, and interpretations shine."

    — Common Folk Music

    "Deceptively simple and highly personal...the intimacy just blows your mind. They seamlessly genre blend some organic styles into one delightfully tasty stew that'll have you coming back for seconds --- and more."

    — Midwestrecord.com

    http://www.ariandmiamusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://soundcloud.com/ariandmia

    https://www.instagram.com/ariandmiamusic/

    https://twitter.com/ariandmiamusic

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEEFDEEdwjCR1fuoxlv-4xQ

     

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 17 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Ray Bonneville - Sunday, May 19, 2019

    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)

     

    Acclaimed raconteur Ray Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana to its essentials and steeps it in the humid grooves of the South, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His ninth release, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare but spunky rhythms, while Bonneville’s deep, evocative voice confesses life’s harsh realities. Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick, and lyric. Often called a “song and groove man,” he began writing his own music after two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms with blues bands, and living hard. He’s since released nine albums, won Canada’s Juno award and other prestigious honors, earned wide critical acclaim, and garnered an enthusiastic following in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

    “folk-roots gumbo... a languid Mississippi Delta groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and a propulsive harmonica wheeze.” Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes that adds potency to every chord, lick and lyric.”-Jim Withers Montreal Gazette

    “With darkness and light fighting for dominance... he’s stripped away every musical excess to let the songs speak for themselves.”-Thom Jurek, Allmusic.com

    “Amaster of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm.”-The Ottawa Citizen“Few can ride agroove likeCanada-born,U.S.-raisedRay Bonneville.”- No Depression

    "Like gun powder and opium."- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Austin, TX

    “Not prone to cliche or sentimentality, the well-traveled singer-guitarist-harmonica player stands behind the hardscrabble folks dwelling in those tuneful songs, giving voice to their yearning”— DownBeat

    https://raybonneville.com/

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/68WRQYQZC7SO79PC8eXvfd?si=owHC1UisR3KKv8YEN3mhnQ

    https://www.facebook.com/raybonnevillemusic/

    https://www.reverbnation.com/raybonneville

    https://twitter.com/raybonneville

  • Sunday, June 09, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 6 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Kyle Carey

    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)

    Kyle Carey’s unique fusion of ‘Gaelic Americana’ music includes influences of the American Folk Anthology, the traditional music of Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, and the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill.

    Carey’s own story is as worldly as her music, raised by her schoolteacher parents first in the Alaskan Bush (where she heard Yup’ik Eskimo spoken as often as she heard English), and then in rural New Hampshire. She studied literature in college, and then travelled to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia on a Fulbright Fellowship to begin her study of the Gaelic language and its music. Carey is one of those scarce-as-hen’s-teeth Irish-Americans fluent in the language of her ancestors.

    That was followed by a two-year sojourn on the Isle of Skye; there she cemented her command of the Gaelic language and fell under the tutelage of Christine Primrose, a native of nearby Lewis and one of Scotland’s most revered traditional singers. From Primrose she learned the secrets of pronunciation and tone that distinguish those who sing from the deep heart of that music.

    Carey has showcased that style in the traditional Gaelic songs—two on each album—that have graced her previous CDs and also this third one. Her debut, ‘Monongah’ was recorded in western Ireland and produced by Donogh Hennesy of the acoustic super-group Lùnasa. ‘North Star’, released in 2014, was recorded this time in Scotland, and was produced by Seamus Egan, a founding member of Solas.

    In her original material, however, she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new American sort of folk music. The essence of that revolution lies in the real distinction Carey draws between Celtic Americana—i.e., the well-traveled path of American musicians performing in the style of traditional Celtic music—and the Gaelic Americana that she writes and performs. Her music is innovative not only in its bone-deep feel for Celtic tradition, but in all that she is able to graft on to it by way of a personal vision as capacious as the North American continent.

    The “Americana” portion of this synthesis has been plucked variously from bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes; in the lyrics from personal experience, Appalachian folktale, Dustbowl narrative, the Old and New Testaments, Greek mythology, and the rough-hewn poetry of West Virginia’s Louise McNeill.

    “In her gentle, modest way Carey represents both a well-traveled path, but also an innovation.” - Celtic Beat Magazine

    "Capturing moments in life where emotion and nature intertwine to create memories is not easy. For Carey this seems to come naturally, as sunlight, sound and the wind that blows off each season brings with it melancholic moments of sadness and love." - Tony Lawless, Tradconnect

    "There is a delicate sensuality in her delivery that, combined with her songwriting skill, should soon see her at the forefront of contemporary Celtic music." - Simon Beards, Maverick Magazine

    "US born singer-songwriter Kyle Carey has a pleasing voice, which she wields with deft assuredness and gentle charm. Her music, a hybrid form that she describes as Gaelic Americana, owes its special qualities to Carey’s life-long study of Scottish Gaelic music, language and culture." - Songlines Magazine

    "A voice to die for." - Mike Harding

    "Kyle Carey is delicious!" - Ellen Ellis, WVUD

    http://www.kyleannecarey.com

    https://www.facebook.com/kyleannecarey

    http://instagram.com/kyleannecarey

    http://kylecarey.bandcamp.com/

    https://soundcloud.com/kyle-carey

    https://www.youtube.com/user/kyleannecarey/featured

    http://www.kyleannecarey.tumblr.com/

    https://twitter.com/kyleannecarey

  • Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 06:30 PM · 25 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Windborne - Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Music at 7:30 p.m.
    Socializing and dinner potluck at 6:30 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)

    Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples’ rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries.

    Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, Windborne is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

    “A quartet the likes of which I haven’t seen since… Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal! - BBC Traveling Folk

    “The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today” – Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

    “Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard…One of the Best Albums of 2017! “ - SingOut!

    “Completely enthralled with them from the first notes…their harmonies are gorgeous…” – No Depression

    “A gleefully winding path through American music…theirs is a dynamic approach born of genuine and deep-seated appreciation of the tradition in all its aspects” - Fatea Magazine

    “Vocal virtuosity such as you rarely see on any folk stage” – Watford Folk

    “Sublime listening… its simple beauty is the outward expression of high artistry and meticulous care.” - The Reformer

    “Unusual four-part harmony…perfect use of four good voices“ - fRoots Magazine

    http://www.windbornesingers.com/

    https://soundcloud.com/user259116528

    https://www.youtube.com/user/WindborneMusic

    https://www.facebook.com/WindborneSingers

  • Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Frank and Allie Lee - September 22, 2019

    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)

     

    Frank and Allie Lee (Bryson City, NC) are a clawhammer-playing duo. They swap banjos back and forth, mixing in guitars and harmonicas to accompany their harmony singing on favorite old time songs from the Southeast. While they identify as an old time duo, they are known for using the label broadly, including blues, bluegrass, and spiritual songs in their performances.

    Having made a name for himself as the syncopated, melodic player in The Freight Hoppers, Frank is a national treasure when it comes to clawhammer. He has an instructional DVD on Homespun and released four albums with The Freight Hoppers, with whom he toured North America and Europe. His ability to match a fiddler note-for-note is particularly unique. In the duo, Frank plays not only steel string banjo but also a low-pitched nylon string, fretless banjo.

    Allie’s jumpstart into clawhammer came when she studied it for a week at John C. Campbell Folk School. That summer, she met Frank in a banjo workshop, which led to her taking his class at Augusta Heritage Center a few years later. She played banjo and wrote songs in her band The Whipstitch Sallies and was featured in the Banjo Babes calendar for 2016. Allie enjoys playing banjo to accompany her singing, Frank‘s fiddle playing, and Frank’s nylon string banjo playing.

    Frank and Allie have led banjo workshops across the country and in France, with Allie teaching beginning players and Frank teaching advanced players. They will host a weekend banjo workshop in Mountain View, AR March 14-16. They also host an annual old time music retreat called the Banjo-Fiddle Frolic in their town, which will be held April 5-7, 2019.

    "Frank and Allie bring a pure and seasoned musicality to beloved old tunes… a sweet, strong vocal sound accompanied by an impressive array of true Americana instruments. This is music that keeps its close connection to earth." - Pete Wernick, Hot Rize

    "The two artists command a wide range of instruments between them, as well as both being able to sing, and they use this range of musical resources well to turn in a varied and interesting set. Despite the wide range of material, there's a coherent feel to it as the pair tackle the numbers in their own particular style." - Steve Wise, Old Time News

    "Frank and Allie immediately put you at ease with their genuine friendliness. Their approach to performance is not pretentious or showy, but rather, is a very high level of instrumental and vocal proficiency. A live performance with Frank and Allie Lee will make you feel like you are in their living room enjoying a good visit with a bonus of great music! Chemistry that can only come from two people who truly love each other." -Ernie Hill, writer for the John Hartford Memorial Festival and the Walnut Valley Festival

    https://www.frankandallie.com

    https://www.facebook.com/frankandallie

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3pZ51iaj-PvJdq8VK1evdw

    https://twitter.com/frankandallie21

    * All monies go to the artists.

  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 03:00 PM · 9 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Noah Zacharin

    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)

    Noah Zacharin is a widely acclaimed guitar master, multi-genre songwriter, and dynamic performer. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, and began performing at 14. In December 2015, Zacharin became a full-time recording and touring musician, and is more thrilled than ever to be doing what he has always done. Born in Montreal, Zacharin splits his time between Toronto, the road, and an off-grid cabin on the Canadian Shield.

    He has been called “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist” (Paul Mills, Borealis Records), a “wonderful, adventurous guitarist” (Blues Bytes), “a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter…a wonderfully musical player” (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist’s Association), “in a league of his own” (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and “deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox” (Minor 7th).

    https://www.noahsong.com

    http://www.facebook.com/noahzacharinmusic

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDm0qc9hfmfkCxQ7l8mFZKA

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3E40SrMoH4k5Jrc9RlBlOV?si=lIRzrz1s

    http://instagram.com/noahzacharin

    http://www.bandsintown.com/NoahZacharin

    * All monies go to the artists.