Kathleen Keane @ The Givens Castle


Kathleen Keane

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 7pm

Suggested Donation: $20

A multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and composer, Kathleen is one of the finest exponents of the Irish community in Chicago. She was a "child prodigy on the whistle" (Martin Hayes). Her virtuosic tin whistle playing earned her appearances in several hit movies, including "THE ROAD TO PERDITION" and "BACKDRAFT." 

She is also "one of the world's finest Celtic fiddlers" (Chicago Tribune), and is "a phenomenon with that instrument" (Rambles). Her whistle and fiddle skills were also featured on the "CINDERELLA MAN" (Russell Crowe) soundtrack. A consummate performer, she has graced stages around the world with TITANIC band and GAELIC STORM.

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Kathleen Keane Video

Kathleen Keane Live Performance

David Boyle @ The Givens Castle


David Boyle

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 7pm

Suggested Donation: $20 

"Hitting his pace like the writer of book you just can't put down, Boyle crafts his stories from vivid, sensory observa-tions of the details that make an ordinary experi-ence memorable. Boyle's tales reveal a well-developed discipline of structure that would hold up to even the driest analysis. Though to an audience, they just seem fascinating." —The Elgin Review

"I was raised Catholic so the stories and songs from the Catholic tradition felt famil-iar to me, but whatever your tradition, these well-told sto-ries will move you, tickle your funny bone, and make you wonder at the acciden-tals of this thing called life." Cherryandspoon.com

"At turns hilarious, thought-provoking and touching, he is a wonderful story-teller who showed his met-tle even before he got into the meat of the show... The audience hung on every word...--Pioneer Press, Minneapolis

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Larry Gray @ The Givens Castle


Larry Gray

Saturday, March 2, 2019 @ 7pm

 Suggested Donation: $20 

Bassist and composer Larry Gray demonstrates an impressive versatility and an uncommon musical curiosity. Originally a jazz guitarist, Larry switched to the double bass and quickly developed a reputation as a first-call sideman. Within a short time, he began to work at Chicago’s premier jazz club, the Jazz Showcase, where he appeared with increasing frequency, often with drummer Wilbur Campbell and pianist Willie Pickens. 

Throughout the years he has worked with such jazz greats as George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune, Ira Sullivan, Junior Mance, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles McPherson, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris and Les McCann.

In addition, he has collaborated with guitarists Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, and Tal Farlow, as well as the drummers Ed Thigpen and Jack DeJohnette, and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Harry "Sweets" Edison, among others. 

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Larry Gray and John Moulder perform Autumn Leaves

Come Sunday Jazz @ The Givens Castle


Come Sunday

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 7pm

 Suggested Donation: $20 

"Come Sunday balances the deft touch of jazz and blues with some traditional church singing.... The most interesting and moving pieces are the ones that take the traditional gospel approach and uplift it with guitarist Mike Allemana's novel jazz arrangements.... Come Sunday is as much about reinterpretation as it is emula-tion.... Worthy of a close listen." --Down Beat

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