Podcast: August 5, 2017

Flood Bros Disposal presents The Skinny & Houli Show on a “soft” night of drizzles on the patio of Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub. and we welcome new sponsor Nathan Carter to the show. We welcome back to the show piper Max Dunne and fiddler Rachel Gribben as our musical guests. Rachel leads the Thursday night sessions at The Galway Arms and Max will be joining her for the next three weeks on Clark Street. They kick it off with a march and then Rachel sings “The Lovely Sweet Banks of the the Moy”, taught to her by fiddler Kevin Burke when she was an au pair in Ireland. They follow that up with some reels, “The Lady on the Island”, “The Gatehouse Maid”, and “The Virginia Reel”. Then we’re joined by our old friend Cyril Regan, who is out promoting the fundraiser for our friend from County Mayo, actress Vera Kelly, who needs our help after a bout with blood cancer. Go to The Thatch Pub on August 8th at 7:30 for a meeting about upcoming fundraisers at Blackthorn on 111th Street Aug. 25th, and at Gaelic Park October 1st. For more into on donating you can email VictoryforVeraFund@gmail.com. Then Skinny says goodbye on the show to two of his summer interns, Emma and Hannah, before bringing on his helpers at Special Olympics Julia Jameson and Nathalie Hill. After some fun with the ladies, we turn to Max and Rachel for their final number, The May Morning Dew. Jam-packed show this week under the umbrellas by the river with a bevy of talent. Tune in!

About Mike Houlihan

Mike Houlihan is the writer and star of the independent feature film “Tapioca,” also starring Ben Vereen and Tim Kazurinsky.. Mike began his professional career in show business 36 years ago as an apprentice actor with the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Ct. Mike Houlihan is Chicago’s own “triple threat” writer, producer, and performer whose talents have earned him the respect and confidence of our media community. He is a former weekly features columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, “Houli in ’da Hood,” and since 1996 has written his humor column in The Irish American News, “Hooliganism.”

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