St. Giles Outdoor Concert Series

Friday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Our Next Summer Concert featuring Jamie O’Reilly

Join us for our next performance at our own “Minivinia” Pavillion in our church courtyard. Vocalist Jamie O’Reilly brings her program Tough Broads & Tender Lasses: Songs of Resilience, to St. Giles as part of the series of outdoor concerts hosted during the summer months. Accompanied by John Erickson on piano, Jamie honors in song women who met adversity and responded with tenacity and vigor. Among them are 20th century singers Mahalia Jackson, Judy Garland, Vera Lynn, Sophie Tucker and others, who left behind classic songs and stories.

A free will offering goes to the musicians. This concert is part of Jamie’s Roots in the Garden series, now in its second year bringing live music to area gardens and patios.

“Jamie is especially gifted, with her vibrant voice and a passion for life.” – Studs Terkel

With over 40 years in the cultural scene, many titles in the arts nomenclature can be assigned to Jamie O’Reilly. It is her love of singing, an expansive creative spirit, and a fiercely held belief in the value of the artist in community that fuel her active and vibrant world.

With her distinctive lilting voice and broad vocal range, Jamie approaches folk music with the passion of a theater artist and the attention of an art song interpreter. Her programs include songs reminiscent of by-gone eras, traditional, and original work in the singer/songwriter genre. Vocal selections range from romantic standards from the 1920s – 40s, to sultry gypsy ballads and celtic folksongs, to parlor songs and Americana ballads. She is accompanied by the finest musicians on guitars, piano and more.

Jamie was first introduced to the St. Giles community through her work with Chicago Call to Action, performed with her late sister Beth Ann and SGFM member Paul Amandes. She has since appeared in the area at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn and more recently at the Oak Park Library.

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