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 [email protected]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 [email protected]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 [email protected]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 [email protected]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 [email protected]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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 

    to receive PayPal and Zoom links

    For more information:

    contact Lee by email at [email protected] 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.

  • Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Windy City House Concerts in Chicago, IL

    Postponed due to Covid: Rupert Wates - Sunday, December 13, 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 here or contact Lee by email at [email protected] or at 312-810-3067

    Free childcare provided (advance notice required)

    Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards (https://www.rupertwatesmusic.com/awards).

    His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. Two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists themselves, and comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates's songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at www.rupertwatesmusic.com/covers).

    In 2010 Wates released Joe’s Café, an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album's warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

    Joe’s Café has been presented very successfully at Festivals throughout North America, and in other venues in New York City and in the southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival. More information about Joe's Cafe is at www.bitemusiclimited.com.

    In 2014, Wates joined forces with Toronto-based virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala to form a piano/guitar duo called The Nightwatchers (www.thenightwatchers.com). The duo tour Canada and Europe regularly. In March 2015 they recorded and released a debut CD entitled The Nightwatchers, featuring some of the standout songs of Wates' extensive catalog.

    Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in front of audiences totaling more than 3,500, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home (www.concertsinyourhome.com). He is the only artist on the entire CIYH database to have been honored with this title twice. In 2018, Wates was a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival.

    Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music'' (https://www.acousticmusic.com) and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."

    Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk—haunting songs that ring true.

    Discography: The Lights Of Paris (2017), Colorado Mornings (2016), The Nightwatchers (2015), The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014), At the Losers’ Motel (2012), Joe’s Café (2010), Dear Life (2008), Coast to Coast (2007) and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005).

    https://rupertwatesmusic.com

    https://www.facebook.com/rwatesmusic/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMz5OyvJRxq6s4FmoBuSS0A