Castle Series Presents Concerts, Storytelling

The Castle Concert Series—aimed at raising money for maintenance and restoration of the historic Givins Castle located at 103rd and Longwood Drive—continues with three February engagements in two different venues. 

Eddie Holstein blends folk, blues and guitar with history and his special brand of humor Sat., Feb. 2, Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd St. A favorite of Chicago audiences for more than 40 years, Holstein grew up on the South Side and got his start at the legendary folk music bar, the Earl of Old Town. 

Kathleen Keane, a world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, Irish singer, songwriter and composer, performs Sat., Feb. 16, Givins Beverly Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Keane’s virtuosic tin-whistling and fiddle-playing earned her musical appearances in hit movies, including “The Road to Perdition,” “Backdraft” and “Titanic.” A performer with Gaelic Storm, she is considered by many one of the world’s finest Celtic fiddlers. 

Beverly/Morgan Park resident David Boyle shares impromptu personal stories to correspond with drawings created by Elgin-based artist Chris Palm Sat., Feb. 23 at the Givins Castle. The show is called “To Be Determined” because Boyle won’t know which stories he’ll tell until the audience decides which drawings they prefer. This show won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2017 Elgin Fringe Festival. 

Thanks to a generous gift from Beverly/Morgan Park resident Dean Miller on behalf of his late wife, Martha Swift, the historic Givins Castle and Heritage Gallery serve as venues for the concert series through May. Swift grew up in the community and once headed the language department at Morgan Park Academy.  

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7 p.m. A $20 donation is suggested with proceeds going toward maintenance of the Givins Castle. For more information, call John Devens, 773-719-7059.