Windy City House Concerts

Past Shows

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  • Sunday, March 01, 2020 at 03:00 PM · 22 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    Scott Cook - Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3 p.m.

    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)

    A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over twelve years touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track "Pass It Along" won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers". In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. The album is packaged in a 132-page softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling. Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.


    "Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." -David Francey, 3x Juno-winning songwriter

    "As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm." -No Depression

    http://www.scottcook.net

    http://www.facebook.com/scottcooksongs

    http://www.instagram.com/scottcooksongs

    http://scottcook.bandcamp.com/

    http://scottcook.net/videos.php

  • Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts

    Postponed: The Early Mays - April 5, 2020 at 3 p.m.

    Show Postponed due to Covid-19

    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)

    The Early Mays, like many other touring musicians, are staying off the road for their own health and safety as well as that of their fans and others. We will reschedule this show as soon as their travels bring them back to the Midwest and schedules align.

     

    The Early Mays (Emily Pinkerton and Ellen Gozion)  "...bring traditional and original material to spectacular life" (Cindy Howes, Folk Alley, WYEP) with Appalachian-inspired songs built on deep country sensibilities, masterful singing and a sweet old-time sound. They burst on to the folk scene in 2014 with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ Charts: an eponymous album where fiddle, banjo and guitar are the backdrop to heart-melting harmony vocals. Most recently, they took home the blue ribbon in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop 2016 (The Appalachian String Band Music Festival), appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage in 2017, and hit the #1 position on the folk charts with their latest release, "Chase the Sun."

    There is an unsurpassed magic that springs from their entwined and entrancing vocal harmonies. The Early Mays love the camaraderie of the studio, the road and rehearsals, and you can feel the gratitude radiate from whatever stage they are on. You'll always leave a show carrying a little bit of that warmth away with you.

    https://theearlymays.com

    http://www.facebook.com/theearlymays

    http://www.youtube.com/theearlymays

    http://www.instagram.com/theearlymays

  • Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Postponed - Low Lily - Sunday, April 19, 2020

    Show Postponed due to COVID-19

    Music at 4:00 p.m.
    Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
    $25 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)

    Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world-class playing, sprinkle with raised-off-grid Americana and you get Low Lily. Flynn’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa’s virtuosic fiddle-playing are grounded by Liz’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble.

    With a vocal blend that has been dubbed “outstanding” and “meticulous,” Low Lily’s cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two #1 songs on international folk radio and two New England Music Award nominations.

    Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary. With their first full-album release, “10,000 Days Like These” (March 2018, following their 2015 self-titled EP release), Low Lily shares an intimate, no-tricks-involved, collection of songs that showcases their talents and proves them to be a formidable, ready-for-prime-time act. A first album this strong doesn’t come from newbies–all the members have performed with numerous well-known names in folk and traditional music. Flynn has toured with Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Cathie Ryan and Aoife Clancy. Liz has toured with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Melanie, and Long Time Courting. Lissa has toured as a solo act as well as with Solas and Childsplay.

    [Low Lily has] "an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it’s a blend that works beautifully." - PopMatters

    "Deftly understated virtuosity, tight arrangements, freshness of sound and clarity of musical vision." - Fatea

    "Refreshing and uplifting– in short, it’s an absolute stunner." - Folk Radio UK

    "A honey-voiced singer... [Liz] Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling." - Dirty Linen Magazine

    Flynn Cohen is "A versatile string virtuoso." - Dirty Linen Magazine

    Lissa Schneckenburger's "talent lies in crafting pendulating melodies, and innovative freewheeling arrangements." - Dirty Linen

    https://www.lowlily.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/LowLilyBand

    https://www.instagram.com/lowlily1/

    https://twitter.com/LowLilyBand

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGHJJ4EI4_pnATg87bz8RXQ/

  • Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Postponed - Joe Crookston - Sunday, May 10, 2020

    Show Postponed due to COVID-19

    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)

    Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Residence, Joe Crookston has played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films.

    He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

    Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Like short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture.”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite.

    There is a long note and Joe's reaching for it. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

    “At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE That!”  - David Francey, Songwriter Ontario

    “With all the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good…and Joe does.” - Sing Out Magazine

    http://www.joecrookston.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/JoeCrookstonMilagritoRecords

    https://twitter.com/joecrookston

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

  • Friday, July 10, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Postponed due to Covid: The Gina Furtado Project - Friday, July 10, 2020

    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)

     

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts

    Postponed due to Covid: Sarah Jane Scouten - August 2020

  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 03:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Postponed due to Covid: Deidre McCalla - Sunday, September 20, 2020

    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 below or contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

     

  • Sunday, October 04, 2020 at 03:00 PM · 13 rsvps
    Windy City House Concerts

    LIVE from Scotland via Zoom: Jim and Susie Malcolm - Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.

    Music at 4:00 p.m. Central Time LIVE on Zoom
    $10-15 suggested artist donation*

    To attend, please RSVP here or contact Susie Malcolm at susie@jimmalcolm.com 

    to receive PayPal and Zoom links

    For more information:

    contact Lee by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org or at 312-810-3067

    Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

    Jim Malcolm’s voice has been described by Dirty Linen magazine as “one of those pure warm Scottish voices one never tires of listening to”. He was the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards Songwriter of the Year and a 2008 nominee for Scots Trad Music’s Singer of the Year.  For seven years he was the front man for the legendary Scottish group the Old Blind Dogs.

    The Scotsman said, “Jim Malcolm will just melt you in your seat.” They are absolutely right. I first saw Jim Malcolm in Las Cruces, NM at another house concert and was just blown away. His singing and playing are magnificent, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of Scottish and Celtic music and he writes wonderful songs. He is also a fine storyteller with a great sense of humor. His wife Susie joins him, bringing beautiful singing and harmonies. You will enjoy this show even if you are new to Scottish music.

    http://www.jimmalcolm.com

     

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts

    Postponed due to Covid: Lynne Hanson - October 18, 2020 at 3 p.m.