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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

World Youth Day
Le Cheile
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I am super excited!  I am leaving for Brazil in a couple of weeks!  I will be performing for the Pope at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro!  I will be onstage with the North American troupe of "La Cheile", a new ensemble that features the Kells, McPeake, Irish dancers, a children's choir & ME!  Two years ago in Madrid, 4 million people were in attendance. This year 6 million are anticipated because of our new South American pope. I will definitely bring my iPhone for pixs!

A special shout out to my friend and songwriting partner Al Day.  The title track from my latest CD, "Where the Wind Meets the Water", which Al and I cowrote, was selected to be the first song of the show!  The lead vocal will be sung by Eddie Cotter, member of the Kells, founder of the Dead Theologian Society (one of the two entities responsible for taking us to WYD) and my international booking agent.  Ireland, Brazil, Italy...so far he's doing pretty good!

This is an amazing event.  Check it out.  Here's the link for the World Youth Day website:

http://worldyouthday.com/


As always, thank you for your support.  It has been an amazing year thus far.  I have been focusing on songwriting and recording, and some wonderful things are in the works.  I'll keep you posted!

Keep me in your prayers and I'll say a special prayer for all of you in Rio at the Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis!  Can you believe it?

With kindness,

Kathleen

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The Abbey Pub
The Drovers Reunion! - 7pm & 10pm
3420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL 60618
USA
773-478-4408
Price: $15 in advance / $20 at the door

For more than a decade after they were formed, on St. Patrick’s Day 1988, the Drovers were synonymous with Chicago’s annual celebration of all things Irish. The group went on a self-imposed hiatus in 2002, but will reunite onstage for one night only at the Abbey Pub, Friday, March 15 to mark the 25th year since they began their unique odyssey.

The Drovers also plan their first music release in over a decade, on iTunes.


The Drovers blended rock and traditional Irish music to stunning effect with their seminal 1992 release, World of Monsters, and went on to appear in two major feature films,Backdraft and Blink, the latter of which opens with a performance of their regular concert centerpiece, "The Boys and the Babies."


The song was one of many highlights from World of Monsters that would continue to define the group even through its later detours in psychedelic experimentation: Kathleen Keane’s bracing flute and tin whistle performances dominated the record, while her direct vocal readings of Mike Kirkpatrick’s original songs breathed fresh air into the genre of Irish contemporary. Drummer Jackie Moran’s traditional Irish bodhran gave the music its signature ebullience, combining with singer Dave Callahan’s bass to create a rhythmic approach that defied categorization.


The album was declared one of the best of 1992 by Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot. The breakout track, "Book of Songs"," which was placed in regular rotation on WXRT-FM, perhaps summarizes what made the Drovers a memorable live act – ferocious drumming, mind-bending whistle solos, and keening vocals, carried along by expansive 12-string electric guitars.


After Keane’s departure in 1992, the band went on to release two more discs. Their droning psychedelic masterpiece, "She’s As Pretty As Brian Jones Was", was featured alongside the folky favorite, Thanks for the Ring, on the 1993 Kill Mice Elf EP. Two years later, they teamed up with Steve Albini to produce the full-length Little High Sky Show, a sweeping collection of psyche-folk that showcased the breadth of the band’s craft – from the jaw-dropping 20-minute suite, "The Bag", to concise folk pop nuggets like "If You Cry Elizabeta."


The four musicians, Keane, Kirkpatrick, Moran and Callahan, will be joined at the Abbey by Irish fiddler Chris Bain, who first joined the band in 1999.


“This show is something we’ve been talking about doing for several years, and it’s amazing that it’s finally going to happen,” says Callahan. “I’m tempted to say it’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime event, because it probably will be.


“But you never know.”


Lineup:

David Callahan - Bass, Mandolin, Vocals
Kathleen Keane - Fiddle, Tin Whistle, Flute, Accordion, Vocals
Mike Kirkpatrick - Guitars, Vocals
Jackie Moran - Drums, Percussion
Chris Bain - Violin, Viola, Bouzouki

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

The Abbey Pub
Last Mini Keane Machine Concert of the year! - 7:00pm
3420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL 60615
USA
773-478-4408
Price: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Kathleen Keane returns to the Abbey Pub after many years with the Mini
Keane Machine featuring Kathleen (vocals, fiddle & penny whistles), Jimmy Moore (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) Jackie
Moran
(bodhran, percussion, banjo & vocals), Larry Gray (upright bass) &
Marieke Van Der Maelen from Pittsburg (stepdance).

FOR TICKETS: www.abbeypub.com


www.kathleenkeane.com
www.jackiemoran.com
www.larrygraymusic.com

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

The Abbey Pub
Mini Kathleen Keane Machine! - 4:00pm
3420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL 60615
USA
773-478-4408
Price: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Kathleen Keane returns to the Abbey Pub after many years with the Mini
Keane Machine featuring Kathleen (vocals, fiddle, penny whistles,
accordian, step dance), Jimmy Moore (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) Jackie
Moran
(bodhran, percussion, banjo & vocals), Larry Gray (upright bass) &
Marieke Van Der Maelen from Pittsburg (stepdance). Special guest artists
include Don Stiernberg (mandolin) and Brian Bigley from Cleveland
(uilleann pipes, flute, whistle, step dance)."

FOR TICKETS: www.abbeypub.com


www.kathleenkeane.com
www.donstiernberg
www.jackiemoran.com
www.larrygraymusic.com
www.brianbigleymusic.com

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium
The Keane MAchine returns with Special Grammy Award Winning Guest Howard Levy! - 8:00pm
4626 N. Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL
USA
773.282.7035
Price: $25 in advance/$30 at the door

The Center and Marlene Productions are pleased to announce the second concert of the Local Artist Concert Series at the IAHC.

The Keane Machine returns with special guest Howard Levy, to perform the first and second movements of Howard's Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica. The work will be performed for the first time with instrumentalists from the Keane Machine. The musicians will be also featured in their respective genres; Irish, jazz, classical and country.

This is an event not to be missed. The concert features:

Kathleen Keane - Vocals, Whistles, Fiddle, Button Accordian, Recitation & Stepdance
Jackie Moran - Bodhran, Banjo, Storytelling and Vocals
Jimmy Moore - Guitar, Bass and Vocals
Catherine O'Connell - Vocals
Jim Dooley - Guitar and Vocals
Steve Gibons - Violin
Alfonso Ponticelli - Guitar
Farley- Fiddle
Graham Nelson - Harmonica
Marieke Van Der Maelen - Stepdance and Recitation
Kimberly Bigler - Ballet and Stepdance

Cristina Dominguez Guotierrez - Flamenco Dance

Alpha Stewart - Percussion and Stage Presence

Special Guest Howard Levy - Harmonica and Composition

and introducing Kathy Cowan (vocals), Larry Gray (upright bass), Ben Weber (viola), Cristina Dominguez Guotierrez (Flamenco Dance) and Jill (cello).

Buy Tickets NowThe concert is Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and can be purchased by calling 773-282-7035.

The Keane Machine is a collaborative effort between musicians, singers and dancers from Irish, Gypsy Jazz, Classical and Flamenco backgrounds. It is an experience guaranteed to lift your spirits and fill your hearts with joy.

A generous portion of the profits from the concert will be donated to the installation of a permanent sound system in the IAHC auditorium.

For additional information, visit www.kathleenkeane.com

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Debut of The Keane Machine - 7:30 pm
4600 N. Knox
Chicago, IL 60660
773.282.7035
Price: $25

The Irish American Heritage Center              

proudly announces the launch of its Local Artist Concert Series with the debut performance of...

 

The Keane Machine

 

featuring:

 

Kathleen Keane    Michael Londra

Catherine Mary O'Connell    Jackie Moran

Jimmy Moore    Jim Dooley   James Conway

Devin Shepherd  Alpha Stewart

Kimberly Bigler  Marieke Van Der Maelen 

 

& introducing Gypsy Jazz stars

                Alfonso Ponticelli & Steve Gibons

      & flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard

Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 7:30pm

"The Keane Machine"is a collaborative effort between musicians, singers & dancers from Irish, Gypsy Jazz, Classical & Flamenco backgrounds.  It is an experience guaranteed to lift your spirits and fill your hearts with joy!  A generous portion of the profits from the concert will be donated to the installation of a permanent sound system in the IAHC auditorium.

Tickets sold in advance thru the IAHC: http://irish-american.org/

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Mayne Stage
An Extraordinary Evening! - 7:00pm SHARP! (Doors at 6:00pm)
1328 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
USA
773.
Price: $0.00 - FREE!

Witness the "Mayne" event! An extraordinary & history making announcement will take place this Monday combined with a free mini concert featuring Chicago's finest talent! An event not to be missed. They are anticipating the main room to be filled. The bar and restaurant will be filled next. After that, the street may be blocked off for people standing outside and external speakers will be set up to witness the audio element of the announcement/concert.


SINGERS:
Catherine Mary O'Connell
Kate Wild
Kathleen Keane


MUSICIANS:

Dennis Cahill
Alfonso Ponticelli
Al Day
Steve Gibons
Devin Shepherd
Jimmy Moore
Pat Quinn
Alpha Stewart
Mike Austin


DANCERS:
Kimberly Bigler
Marieke Van Der Maelen

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Fall CD Release Celebration Concert! - 8:00pm
1328 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
USA
773.381.4554
Price: $20 General Admission / $27 Reserved Seating

 

Kathleen's Spring CD Release Concert was SOLD OUT!  So get your tickets early for this one.  This promises to be another magical night!  A reprise of the spring concert, halfway to St. Paddy's Day, Kathleen's big birthday bash, and an opportunity to be on film with Kathleen as the concert will be filmed for promo purposes!

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Kathleen Keane & Friends - 5:30pm
Howard Park
South Bend, IN

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Butte, Montana

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Butte, Montana

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