Local musician to open Friday for Irish music legend
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent November 1, 2013 9:36AM
John Condron | Supplied photo
When Irish music legend Paul Brady agreed to perform in Chicago, he picked local singer-song writer John Condron to open.
The concert is Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
“To open the show for (Brady) is kind of a great honor,” Condron said.
Globally revered, Brady has been a revered staple in Irish music since the early 70s, Condron said. Ranging from folk to pop, Bob Dillon reportedly called Brady a secret hero. Santana and Tina Turner have covered Brady’s music.
Condron, who was Philadelphia born and raised, is of Irish descendancy on both sides of his family. His mother is from Strabane, County Tyrone, the same town as Brady. Brady and Condron worked together co-writing a song for Brady with another Irish music great, Mickey Harte.
Condron recently released the album “If Any Were At All” on the Flipside Works label. His fifth album, Condron is not new to the music scene. He started touring at age 8 with the Philadelphia Boys Choir, taking him all over Europe.
“I don’t ever remember not doing it,” Condron said. “I write what I think are pop songs, I write melody-driven, lyric-driven songs.”
Condron is a regular performer at the Chicago Street Pub in Joliet and Tribes Alehouse in Mokena. He has gathered a group of musicians he has admired to create The Old Gang Orchestra. They include Pat Otto on mandolin, Tom Maslowski on bass, and Doneco Nudi on drums.
The concert begins at 8 p.m., at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, at the Maurer Concert Hall. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased linking from www.JohnCondron.com, or by calling 773-728-6000.