Kathy Cowan & Houli

Fox’s Pizza in Orland Park & Mokena, Guinness, Madden Funds, Flood Brothers Disposal and our new sponsor, Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord Of The Dance’ at the Chicago Theatre on Feb 22nd present the Hibernian Radio Hour at our newest recording location known as ‘The Bunker’ and this week we welcome our good friend, Kathy Cowan. Kathy was born on Chicago’s southside and grew up in Mt Carroll. Her father, Dennis, was born in Belfast and she mentions his influence on her career and general love of music. She has been teaching singing for 40 years and teaches at Northeastern Illinois University as well as the Old Town School of Folk MusicKathy has had a very successful career to date, performing worldwide and she is currently the star of ‘The Life and Music of Percy French‘ which she will perform on February 21st at NEIU with free admission! Kathy begins by sharing some of Percy French’s life story from his childhood in County Roscommon to some more personal stories such as the time he was sued by the West Clare railroad. She gives a big shout-out to Theresa Choske who originally wrote the show. “I’m standing on her shoulders!” Kathy treats us to multiple Percy French songs that are featured in the show, such as “Little Bridget Flynn” and “Come Back Paddy Reilly” and she gives another shout-out to the talented Michael Brauer who accompanies her on piano in the show. Kathy’s personal singing style, her long-standing Irish singing class at the Old Town School of Folk Music and some of Percy’s other talents such as painting and poetry are some other topics these two pals discuss on the show this week. This wonderful lady ends her interview with one final Percy French tune called “Phil the Fluter’s Ball”. Houli brings us up to date on some upcoming events followed by the recent obituaries. Then it’s over to the latest segment of ‘Black Irish’ which tells the story of Seamus O’Hooligan, starring Greg Hollimon and we end this week’s show with a quick visit to our favorite place called ‘Houli-Town’.