MILWAUKEE One of the leading voices in the Irish song tradition, Rory Makem will bring A Christmas Tradition concert to the beautifully decorated Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Born in County Louth, Ireland, Makem continues the lineage of an Irish music dynasty begun by his grandmother Sarah Makem, who was sought after for her vast collection of Irish songs. His father, the legendary Tommy Makem, who died in 2007, is widely known as the modern Bard of Armagh. Touring with the Clancy Brothers, Tommy brought Irish music to an international audience beginning in the 1950s.
A seasoned performer with over 30 years on the road. Makem captivates audiences with skilled musicianship, charisma, passion, poetry, history and humor. Along with Christmas songs, his holiday concerts pull the songs of workers, sailers and lovers from the pages of history.
Makem is well known to Milwaukee audiences through frequent shows at Milwaukee Irish Fest with his father as well as with The Makem Brothers and Makem and Spain. In addition to his solo concerts, Makem and Dónal Clancy, son of the late Liam Clancy, have been touring as a duo since their debut at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in 2017.
Not limiting himself to the stage, Makem has performed on movie soundtracks and his compositions can be heard woven into a number of PBS programs. He has recorded with many of the luminaries in folk music including Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton, Schooner Fare and Gordon Bok.
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Eileen Ivers and band Present Joyful Christmas December 19
Grammy®-Awarded, Emmy-nominated, musical star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers, will bring her celebrated Irish fiddle playing to the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Hallamór or “Great Hall,” will be decorated for the holidays. Tickets and Info HERE!
Called “the future of the Celtic Fiddle” by the Washington Post and the “Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times, the Bronx born Ivers continues to push the fiddling tradition from a folk music staple to a fiercely fresh, powerfully beautiful, intensely driving world stage experience. Not differentiating between fiddle and violin, Ivers is a nine time All Ireland Fiddle Champion, a guest soloist with more than 50 symphony orchestras who also shreds electric fiddle through fuzz, wah and looping effects. Ivers has performed with many artists in different genres including Sting and The Chieftains and has been a featured instrumentalist on numerous soundtracks.
Her most recent CD, “Beyond the Bog Road”, and its researched sixteen-page liner notes, focuses on the influences of the Celtic tradition on roots music including bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, and Americana and describes how the music journeyed to become a fundamental ingredient of the American country music tradition. The album reached number one on the Alt-Country Roots Music Chart. A founding member of Cherish the Ladies, Ivers has performed many times during Milwaukee Irish Fest including the 2021 festival.
Ivers will be joined by her new band, Universal Roots, an ensemble with vocals and a broad array of instrumentation including guitar, upright and electric bass, trumpet, baritone sax, button accordion, whistles, percussion and piano. In addition to fiddle, Ivers also play mandolin, and bodhrán and is an award winning banjo player.