iBAM! Chicago 2012

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  iBAM! 2012: October 13 & 14

"A Journey towards Understanding through the Arts"

Honoring Derry, City of Culture 2013

iBAM! is a gathering of the best Irish authors, artists and musicians from around the world, under one roof, for a weekend Irish cultural celebration.

iBAM! 2012 is honored to present the inimitable Phil Coulter in concert Sunday October 14. Coulter is an internationally known songwriter, pianist, music producer, arranger and director who has had hit recordings in every decade since the 1960's.

Tickets for both concerts will go on sale at 8am (central time) June 1. Numbered seating prices are: $100 and $50 for the general public, $90 and $40 for IAHC, Ireland Network and Gaelic Park members.
  Coulter is from Derry in Northern Ireland. His success has spanned four decades and he is one of the biggest record sellers in Ireland. The Derry composer was awarded the prestigious Gold Badge from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in October 2009. He has won 23 Platinum Discs, 39 Gold Discs, 52 Silver Discs, two Grand Prix Eurovision awards; five Ivor Novello Awards, which includes Songwriter of the Year; three American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards; a Grammy Nomination; a Meteor Award, a National Entertainment Award and a Rose d’or d’Antibes.

Also appearing at iBAM!

Making a rare appearance here in America, International best-selling author Morgan Llywelyn is an Irish-American and the recipient of the 1999 Exceptional Celtic Woman of the Year Award from Celtic Women International.She calls herself "a historical novelist specializing in the Celtic culture". But to millions of readers of such books as The Horse Goddess, Bard, Red Branch, Lion of Ireland, and Grania, Morgan Llywelyn simply makes history come alive within her pages. She makes us live the lives of Cuchulain and Brian Boru, as well as the druids and bards who lived in Ireland in times past.

Morgan Llywelyn was born in New York to Welsh-Irish parents, but these days she lives in Ireland full time where she serves as Chairman of the Irish Writers' Union. She is also the only woman to have walked the entire length and breadth of Ireland on her own two feet, walking a total of 427 miles for charity.
"It meant walking over 30 miles a day for sixteen days with no break," she said.
Her latest novel 1916: A Novel Of The Irish Rebellion is the story of the Irish fight for freedom, seen through the eyes of the orphaned Ned, recently returned to Ireland after losing his parents in the sinking of the Titanic. It is the story of the brave men and heroic women who, for a few unforgettable days, managed to hold out against the might of the British Empire to realize an impossible dream.

  Stephen Rea will be in attendance at the iBAM! Gala Dinner, honored for his outstanding contributions in the performing arts. Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, son of a bus driver, one of four children in a working class Presbyterian family. Stephen garnered international attention when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in his role on The Crying Game. He has appeared in over 110 films and television including Michael Collins, V for Vendetta, Father and Son,  Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles and Underworld- Awakening. He has collaborated with Irish film maker Neil Jordan and American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. Rea was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor for Frank McGuinness' "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me".

Colum McCann is the award-winning author of five novels and two collections of short stories.   His most recent novel, “Let the Great World Spin,” won worldwide acclaim, including The 2009 National Book Award in the U.S, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, a short-listing for the International Impac Award, as well as a 2011 literary award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
“Let the Great World Spin” became a best-seller on four continents.
McCann’s fiction has been published in 30 languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Bomb and other places. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, the Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Republicca, Paris Match, the Guardian, the Times and the Independent.

McCann is considered, in every sense, an international artist.  Born in Ireland, he has travelled extensively around the world.  He and his wife Allison lived in Japan for two years.  He currently lives in New York City, where he holds dual Irish and American citizenship.   He is a member of the Irish Academy, Aosdana, and was awarded a Chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government in fall 2009 (making him one of a exclusive number of foreign artists recognised in France for their literary contributions: other recipients have included Paul Auster, Salman Rushdie and Julian Barnes).

Richard Moore was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. At the age of 10 years, Moore was struck by a rubber bullet on the bridge of his nose, resulting in permanent blindness. After he realized that he would never see his parents’ faces again, he cried one night until he fell asleep. He said that he had accepted the situation he was in just like that (snapping his fingers), and said: “Forgiveness is a gift for yourself.”
“I have learned to live in a different way. One can take away one’s sight, but one cannot take away one’s vision.”
Moore founded the charity “Children In Crossfire” in 1996. Based in Derry, with projects in Africa, Asia and South America. Crossfire focuses on issues affecting children,  providing access to clean water, food, health and education.


  Derek Warfield was born the eldest of four in Inchicore, Dublin in 1943. He was apprenticed as a tailor until becoming a folk musician. He lives in Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Derek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the Wolfe Tones, performing with the band for over 37 years. He has written and recorded over 60 songs and ballads. The Foggy Dew was the first of 16 albums recorded by the Wolfe Tones (1964) while the popular Sing Out For Ireland (1987) was the last studio album that all four members were present on.Warfield also has two books, The Songs and Ballads of 1798 and The Irish Songster of the American Civil War. Warfield has performed his music and songs at American Civil War events and commemorations at such sites as Gettysburg, Sharpsburg and Harrisburg with his band, The Sons of Erin. Warfield’s 2002 release, Clear the Way is the second in his Irish Songs in the Civil War series.

The ballad “Take Me Home To Mayo”, written by Belfastman Seamus Robinson as a tribute to Michael Gaughan, was recorded as a duet with Irish American Andy Cooney and is the title track of another 2002 Warfield release.
Derek now tours with his new band, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones.

  Irish writer and film producer Maurice Fitzpatrick has graduate degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan. He had been living in Tokyo, lecturing at the University level and writing for six years prior to moving to Solingen, Germany with his wife, Marina. In addition to English and Irish; Mr. Fitzpatrick speaks French, Japanese, Italian, German and Norwegian.
Fitzpatrick's film, The Boys of St. Columb's, tells the story of the first generation of Derry children to receive free secondary education as a result of the ground-breaking 1947 Education Act in Northern Ireland. This film tells the story of how the political and historical conditions of Northern Ireland altered as a result of the mass education of its population, culminating in the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s which drew its inspiration from the USA.

  Joe Mahon is the host of the Northern Ireland travel program Lesser Spotted Ulster. Mahon founded Westway Productions, which makes Lesser Spotted Ulster, after careers as a secondary school teacher in Creggan and then as a BBC producer.

It may not take a rocket scientist to draw cartoons, but Detroit native Pat Byrnes erred on the side of caution by getting his Aerospace degree at the University of Notre Dame. He joined General Dynamics–Convair as the first   pre-design engineer (the brainstorming guys) they had ever taken directly out of undergrad. Despite this privilege, he knew his calling was elsewhere. For a time, he honed his creative skills writing ad copy for big agencies like W. B. Doner in Detroit and J. Walter Thompson in Chicago. He scripted ads for everything from cheese to menstrual relief products, and won buckets of awards, from the Addy to the Clio. During this time, he moonlighted with experimental comedy acts, to much critical acclaim (even notoriety) in Chicago's then crackling night club scene. He left writing ads for reading them as a voiceover actor. Between auditions, he finally found time to answer his above-mentioned calling. Cartooning. Since 1998, Pat has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He is also a staple in Reader's Digest, Wall Street Journal and America Magazine. For three years, he created the syndicated comic strip, "Monkeyhouse.". He has won the National Cartoonists Society Award for advertising illustration, and awards for his sonnets. He also writes musicals. And he used to paint when he had the time. His gag cartoons appeared for the first time in book form in What Would Satan Do? (Harry N. Abrams, 2005), and again in Because I’m the Child Here and I Said So (Andrews-McMeel, 2006). His most recent book is Eats Shoots & Leaves — Illustrated Edition by Lynne Truss (Gotham 2008) of which he is the illustrator. More recently, he is the inventor of the Smurks app for the iPhone and author of the Captain Dad blog (CaptainDad.org). He is married to Lisa Madigan, who, in addition to being charming and beautiful, is also the Attorney General of the State of Illinois. They live a surprisingly quiet life with their delightful daughters, Rebecca and Lucy, on the banks of the Chicago River.

      Batt Burns, an elementary school principal in the village of Sneem, on The Ring of Kerry, began a second career as a Seanachie ( storyteller ) after he had won The All-Ireland Teachers Talent Competition in Dublin in 1983. Prior to that he had worked to make significant changes in the curriculum of Irish Primary Schools by his experimental work in Environmental Studies and this led him into writing a series of textbooks on this topic. As a youth in the Kerry Hills, he was surrounded by storytellers, and he spent invaluable years with his storytelling grandfather, Michael Clifford

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