Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 10, 2014
The Irish Music School of Chicago and Chief O’Neill’s Restaurant & Pub present the Chief O’Neill Musical Pilgrimage, a guided bus tour journey across Chicago to celebrate and learn about the history of traditional Irish music preserved by Chicago Chief of Police, Francis O’Neill. The event will be filled with great stories and live traditional Irish music with some of the best Irish musicians around. It occurs on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:30am – 1:30pm and will both please locals and give visitors an inside look at Chicago they will never forget.
Chief Francis O'Neill, originally from County Cork, Ireland, became the General Superintendent of Police in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century. His true passion was preserving traditional Irish music at a critical time in history. His work recording and notating Irish tunes resulted in the publication of eight books containing around 3,500 traditional Irish tunes that might otherwise have been lost to future generations.
The day begins at Chief O'Neill's Restaurant & Pub (3471 N. Elston, Chicago) at 9:30am for complimentary coffee/tea, bloody mary/mimosa and scones. Get your beverages to go and board a bus for a lively tunes-filled trip down to Mt. Olivet Cemetery where the Chief is buried and learn some fun historical facts along the way. We'll visit his mausoleum to pay our respects and have some tunes in his honor with the members of Téada and other Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week faculty. Then it's back on the bus for a short trip over to Clancy's in Oak Lawn for some complimentary pizza and sodas (delicious pints available at an additional charge). More tunes and craic will be had before boarding the bus back up to the north side. Drop off time will be 1:30pm back at Chief O'Neill's.
The Chief O’Neill Musical Pilgrimage is part of Francis O'Neill Irish Arts Week presented by the Irish Music School of Chicago from July 21-27, 2014. The week provides a unique learning opportunity by bringing master traditional Irish musicians to Chicago to teach the many facets of traditional Irish arts to children and adults. In addition to performing at the concert, the members of Téada join other talented traditional Irish musicians as part of the faculty at a Kids Day Camp (July 21-25) and Adult Program (July 22-27).
About the Irish Music School of Chicago
The Irish Music School of Chicago is a leader in teaching traditional Irish music to students of all ages by utilizing the traditional methods of teaching by ear and telling the stories behind the tunes, and the significance of being part of a living musical community. As a not-for-profit organization, the Irish Music School is committed to maintaining the strong tradition of Irish music, song and dance, to involve more people in the community of Irish music, and ensure that this type of music does not disappear in Chicago and the United States.