Biography

Venues:
Alpine Village
The Artistry (Mayville)
Borders Books:
       Fox Point, WI
       Madison, WI
       Greendale, WI
       Rockford, IL
       McHenry, IL
       Crystal Lake, IL
       Wilmette, IL
Cafe Forte
Cafe Metro
Cardinal Stritch
         University
Carroll College
Carthage College
Cedarburg Cultural
        Center
Cedarburg Performing
        Arts Center
Celtic Fest, Hoffman
        Estates, Illinois
The Coffee House
The Coffee House at
      Chestnut & Pine,
      Burlington, WI
Concert in the Park
       Series (Mayville, WI)
Concert on the Green
       Series (Mequon, WI)
Concert on the Lawn
        Series (Darien, WI)
Elm Grove Women's Club
Firefly Art Festival
Flemings, Lake Geneva
Friday Night Live Series,
        Waukesha, WI
Ground Round
        Restaurants
The Hansen Theatre
Harry W. Schwartz
     Bookshops
     Mequon, Shorewood
     & Brookfield WI
Id and Ego
Irish Fest (Milwaukee)
Irish Fest Center
Irish Cultural and
        Heritage Center
The Irish Trader
The Italian Community
     Center (Milwaukee)
Jitterzz
K.O.G. Cafe
Lake Geneva, WI: St.
       Patrick Days
Lakeview Community
       Library: Music by
       the Bay - Series
       Random Lake, WI
Lumen Christi Parish:
       Age of Wisdom
Martha Merrell's Books
        & Cafe
Marquette University:
        Mug Rack
        Brooks Union
        Varsity Theater
Midwest Center (Milw.)
Milwaukee Auditorium
Miramar Theater
Moose Lodge
       Morton Grove, IL
Musical Mondays
       Lake Park (Milw.)
Next Door Coffee House
Numero Uno
O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
Olympia Resort
Ozaukee County Fair
The Pub (Oconomowoc)
The Plymouth Center
Royal Oak Pub
          Rockford, IL
Sears Center, Hoffman
     Estates, IL
Sheboygan County
      Historical Museum
Shepherd of the Hills,
     Eden, WI
Someplace Else
Southeast WI Book Fest
        UW-Waukesha
St. Margaret Mary Parish
St. Norbert College
St. Patrick's Parish
         (Racine)
Storefront Manor
Summerfest ('72)
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
UW-Milwaukee:
        Kenwood Inn
        Fireside Lounge
        Union Ballroom
West Bend High School
        Auditorium
Weyenberg Public
        Library (Fine Arts
                       Series)
Wild Hog in the Woods
        Madison, WI


 

 

TV/RADIO:
WISN - Channel 12
WMVS - Channel 10
WOKY - AM 920
WTMJ - AM 620
WYMS-FM Milwaukee
WHAD (Simply Folk), WUWM (Lake Effect)       and other WI
       Public Radio Stations
KRVM - OR
KKUP - CA
KASU-FM - KA
Galway Bay FM -
       Ireland
"Danca do Lobo" - RDP
       (Portuguese National
       Radio)   



     When Bill's family moved to the Chicago area in 1963, an old guitar was found above a wood pile in the garage of the home they bought. The old Kingston six string wasn't in very good shape, but it was Bill's entry way into the music world. After a discouraging series of music lessons (10 for $10) mentioned in the song Stubby Finger Blues, Bill decided to teach himself the guitar and started singing at coffee house in the area, including the No Exit in Chicago. Despite less than encouraging reviews by classmates, Bill kept writing and singing wherever and whenever he could.
     Lin learned to play piano at an early age and guitar in high school.  She and her friend, Jolynn Wall, formed a folk singing duet in the mid-60's and performed in the Milwaukee area. Their rendition of Seven Nights Drunk was a fan favorite, though not well received by some of the faculty at their high school, Pius X.
     Theiss & O'Connor is currently taking a break from performing as a trio.  Over the years they have been accompanied on stage by Tom McGirr (bass), Brandon Herbst (bodhran), Lori Otto (flute), and to name a few.  Since the late '90's Chris O'Connor has joined them on bass and Tim O'Connor on guitar, bass, and mandolin. And the group welcomed the percussionist from 'Tis, Tom Mortenson, at Irish Fest 2012 and on their latest recording.
     The group originally formed in 1967 when Larry and Bill met at an "open sing" at The Coffee House in Milwaukee.  They each played in separate groups (The WPT Cable Company and the New East Town Singers) for a time, but finally decided that, with Lin, they could create the sound they were after. They have played at colleges, coffee houses, night clubs, and festivals in the Midwest, some of them listed on the left. 
     After a twelve year hiatus to raise a family and to explore other musical ventures, they reunited in 1996. They have since performed at various venues throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  They have performed on television several times and have had songs from their CDs played on local, state, and international radio programs.  They have recorded four CDs as a group and a half dozen more in other efforts.  Larry has three classical guitar Christmas recordings as well as two recordings of religious music.  Bill and Lin collaborated with Mary Ellen Backes on a Christmas CD and Bill has released an album of some of his original songs. Larry has published several of his songs in two song books and Bill's An Irish Blessing has also been published, sung by various choirs, and recorded in a joint effort by the Irish Fest Choir and the Omagh Community Choir (2001).  Their three-part vocal harmonies are accompanied by accomplished guitar work.  Their sound is tight, powerful, polished and refreshing.  They  perform a mix of original, traditional, and Irish-American folk tunes, but have also been known to throw in occasional unexpected songs of  different genres. They continue to put their unique talents into all their musical efforts. After Irish Fest, 2014, the trio is taking a break and working on separate music projects.
     Bill & Lin continue to perform Irish songs, original songs, folk songs...well really any song that fits their style and that they enjoy singing. And, of course, Bill has stories to tell.
 

REVIEWS
"One of Milwaukee's finest. Their repertoire seems designed to be an entire evening's entertainment... They've also got a lot of class."
     - Steve Weber and Jim Ziemann
       Crossroads

"The trio captivated a very attentive audience with lovely harmonies... and rippling chords on acoustic guitar."
     - Lennox Samuels
       The Milwaukee Sentinel

"Acoustic folk-style music is what they please their audience with."
     - Melissa Phaneuf
    
  Time Out

"They put on a great show...making a good bunch of music."
     - Dan Willis
       WOKY  Milwaukee

"Intricate finger-picking and three part harmony in a classical folk style."
     - Kay Dahlke
       Ozaukee County News Graphic

"Listening to the trio Theiss & O'Connor can have a profound effect on your state of mind...(it) may encourage a sense of calm, peace and hope for listeners in today's rushed over-stimulated world."
     -Janice Kayser
    
Wauwatosa Times

"If you're at all into folk music...I wouldn't miss these people. You'll like them. I promise."
     - Cindy Frisque
    
Marquette Tribune

"Larry and Bill provide wonderful acoustic guitar counterpoint that provides a musical landscape for songbird Lin O'Connor and the ensemble's liquid, wistful harmonies."
       - Michael Kunan, Music Dept. Manager, Borders Books and Music, Fox Point, WI

"The sweet vocal harmonies of this folk trio will leave you longing for the magic of Ireland...Sit back, close your eyes, and let their lovely, wistful sound transport you."
       - Keesha Smith
          Borders Books and Music
 

"The evening last night was a real winner! I can't remember when we have had such a crowd pleaser. To paraphrase a local Great Harvest Bread Company commercial , "Fine music, great people"!
        - Tom Lindem
           Royal Oaks Pub, Rockford, IL

"It doesn't get any better than that." 
      - Gregory John
      WOKY  Milwaukee
 


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