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Irish Traditional Musicians in Chicago 1920–2020 with Richie Piggot

April 29, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cry of a People Gone - book cover art

This presentation is drawn from Richie Piggot’s recently published book Cry of a People Gone. It will include a history of the development of Chicago and that city’s attraction for Irish immigrants from the mid-nineteenth century onwards and provides details of Irish musicians who lived there from 1920 to 2020. The presentation will focus on some of the major events relating to Irish traditional music in the city such as the formation of the Irish Musicians Association of America (IMA), major tours of musicians and dancers to and from Ireland, and the organizing of the first Fleadh Cheoil festivals in America. The lecture will be illustrated by many photographs and non-commercial sound recordings of musicians in Chicago and Ireland. This event is part of Irish Arts Week.

Free hybrid event.  REGISTER for the webinar or attend in person at Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul.

Richie Piggott was born in Cobh, Co. Cork and has lived in Chicago for the past twenty-five years. His father, Johnny Piggott, was an accordion player from Dooks, near Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry, and his mother, Margaret Flannery, came from Dingle. Her family were involved with the Dingle marching bands down through the years. Although not a musician himself, his love of the music has led to a life-long interest in the social history of Irish traditional musicians and he has amassed a vast collection of traditional music recordings, music books and music manuscripts. He has contributed several historical recordings and manuscripts to the Irish Traditional Music Archive and Na Píobairí Uilleann and delivered lectures on his researches in Chicago, Boston and Ireland.



April 29, 2023
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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