LINKS
The web sites below are all music or Irish related.  They are grouped somewhat arbitrarily into categories: General, Performers, Educational, Professional.  If you have a suggestion for a web site to be included on this page, contact me at woconnor@wi.rr.com.

 
General

Irish Fest
Milwaukee's Irish Fest is more than a festival. Find out about its music archives, events, and of course the who what and when of the world's greatest Irish music festival.

O'Connor Photo
Our son, Chris, plays bass for us periodically. But he also has a photography business and specializes in sports and wedding photography.  If you're looking for a great photographer at a reasonable price, check out his web page and give him a call.

The Plymouth Arts Center
Located in Plymouth, WI, the center hosts art shows, performing arts, and concerts through out the year.

Shamrock Club
This link will lead you to a listing of Irish/Celtic venues and groups in the area and the state.  They also have a weekly email newsletter you can subscribe to which is very information and entertaining.

WUWM (89.7 FM)
Lake Effect (M-F 9-11AM) is WUWM's daily radio magazine featuring interviews, discussions, and reports on issues and culture in Southeastern Wisconsin. The program also features in-studio performances by musicians (like Theiss & O'Connor). Bonnie North and the crew do a great job of producing a thought provoking and interesting program. Our interview may still be in the archives somewhere.

Performers
The web sites below are those of performers and recording artists, most of them based in the Milwaukee area. 
 

Bonnie Beth - Bonnie is a local entertainer who has performed with the group Bantry Bay.

Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance - We've had the pleasure of working with these dancers and they are great!  We always look forward to their performances.

Milwaukee Irish Fest Choir - Guests on our "One More Song" CD, this group continues to recruit talented singers who perform with enthusiasm.  They have done a wonderful rendition of An Irish Blessing. If you haven't heard them live, try to catch a performance at Irish Fest.

Mark Davis - Mark is an excellent pianist who performs in the Milwaukee area and is also Chair of Jazz Studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

Native Voices - a look at Native American Talent, both local and national.

Peter Mayer - I think you'll enjoy Peter's songs and guitar work.  He performs all over the country, but can be seen occasionally in the Milwaukee area or nearby. Check his site for details.  Lin and I have recorded one of his songs on our new album, Coming Home.

Photograph - Our friend, Tim Davis, is a member of this classic rock band.

Craig Siemsen & Patty Stevenson - Their voices, guitar playing, and original material will leave you wanting to hear more!

Larry Theiss - He has his own web site now! Check it out.

Wisconsin Musical Groups -  An interesting site containing names and information about Wisconsin's musicians and groups. 


Educational

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America. Good site to find hundreds of songs.  Lyrics, background information, and related links are given for most titles.  Easy to use search engine.  Midi tune lines can be a bit annoying.

Heirs and Roots - Author, Elizabeth Herzfeld offers assistance in Southeast Wisconsin to heir search firms and family researchers. 

Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin - If you are interested in family history this organization has valuable resources and tips to help you do the research.

The Mudcat Cafe/Digital Tradition.  Over 8900 folk songs are included in this data base.  Site has a forum and will attempt to answer questions.

Online Music Degree - a comprehensive listing of schools offering a degree in Music as well as practical information on possible careers in the field.

Sheboygan County Historical Museum. A terrific place to see a slice of Wisconsin history. Their "Third Saturday" program changes monthly and offers a chance to see and experience a specific aspect of our history. We were proud and honored to be a part of their program entitles "When Irish Eyes Were Smiling" in July, 2010.


Professional
These sites may be of interest to fellow musicians.

Fishman Pick-ups - Fishman makes excellent pickups for acoustic guitars.

Graf Guitars

Larrivee Guitars - I owned a Larrivee for ten years - a great guitar with good action, a balanced sound, and beautiful appearance. I miss it.

Madison Music Company - Excellent selection of acoustic guitars, many brands you won't find elsewhere.

Taylor Guitars - Larry and I use Taylors for most of our performances.


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