Irish Music Club

The original Irish Music Club of Chicago 
(ca. 1901-1909)

The original Irish Music Club of Chicago (ca. 1901-1909)

In a tip-of-the-hat tribute to the original Irish Music Club of Chicago (see bottom of page), I reckoned it would be nice to at least resurrect the "spirit" of the group, and what a better way than to help promote music here in Chicago. There will be information more coming in the near future in terms of the scope of the new Irish Music Club and, of course, some more concerts!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss performance opportunities, please contact me here...

All the best,

Jimmy Keane


CANCELLED Lucky in Love: Trad Music Couples

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Hi Folks!

Jimmy Keane here. Just wanted to let you know that unfortunately I've had to cancel the Lucky in Love concert set for Saturday Feb 10th at Chief O'Neill's.

A series of mishaps and missteps along the way including Brendan McKinney breaking his finger yesterday has led to this decision. Brendan will hopefully heal fine and be back in playing shape in a few months. Wishing him a speedy recovery!

All your ticket purchase and ticket fees will be refunded via Brown Paper Tickets in the next 3-5 days so be on the lookout for such

Thank you all for supporting live Trad music in Chicago and I look forward to seeing you all at a performance in the near future!

All the best,



Join us in a special Valentine's Day themed concert: 

"Lucky in Love" featuring Irish Traditional Music Couples in Chicago: 

Siobhan McKinney & Brendan McKinney
Clodagh Ryan & Sean Ryan
Marta Cook & Devin Shepherd
Pauline Henry & Kevin Henry

No better way to celebrate the love of the music than by bringing your loved ones to enjoy this evening concert!

And to make the evening complete please call Chief O'Neill's directly at 773-583-3066 to reserve a few seats for dinner before the concert. 

(Please keep in mind that this "Lucky in Love" concert at Chief O'Neill's is a separate ticketed event)

Thanks Folks!!

All the best,

Jimmy Keane
Irish Music Club

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The original Irish Music Club of Chicago


Original Irish Music Club of Chicago

The Irish Music Club of Chicago fl. c. 1901–09, a semi-formal association of Irish traditional musicians which included many source-players for The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems…, the bible of Irish dance tunes compiled and published by Francis O’Neill in Chicago one hundred years ago this year.

The Club is the earliest known organisation of Irish traditional musicians in North America. Growing out of informal house sessions in Chicago, it provided a meeting place for (male) non-professional musicians from all regions of Ireland and their American-born children. They came together monthly in a rented hall and also organised public concerts, dances and picnics. After prospering for some years, the Club eventually broke up after bitter personal rivalries arose between some members. Francis O’Neill (1848–1936), president of the Club and Chief of Police in Chicago from 1901 to 1905, is fourth from left, back row, with his son Rogers. With the assistance of James O’Neill and Selina O’Neill (no relations), Francis O’Neill published seminal and still-influential collections and studies of Irish traditional music in Chicago from 1903 to 1924.

The complete list of names is as follows:

Back row: Father W. K Dollard, Edward Cronin, Rogers F. O’Neill (son of Francis O’Neill), Captain Francis O’Neill, Timothy Dillon, John McFadden. Michael Kissane. James Kennedy

Middle row: John McElligott, M. G. Enright, John Duffy, John Ennis, Charles O’Gallagher, William McCormick, Michael Dunlap, Thomas Dunphy, Father J. K. Feilding [sic]

Front Row Seated: John Conners, Barney Delaney, John K. Beatty, Tom Ennis, James Early, James Cahill, Adam Tobin

Front: Garrett J. Stack, James Kerwin


Bibliographic reference

O’Neill, Capt. Francis, Irish Minstrels & Musicians, Regan Printing House, Chicago 1913. The picture appears on page 479.

Previous Concerts:

Thursday August 24, 2017: Sold Out!! Here Meets There: Pauline Conneely, Liz Carroll, Mick Conneely, and Troy MacGillivray

Thursday August 31, 2017: Sold Out!! Joe Rooney with CJ Sullivan, Erica Clark, Adam Burke, and bohola

Thursday September 14, 2017: Aoife Scott