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Pat Gaughan: Music Programs

American History through Folk Song

This program features the story of our American heritage starting with songs of the Revolutionary War and travels through time to the post civil war era. Harvest tunes, Love Songs, Work songs, Songs of our Irish Immigrants, Civil War music, Music of African American and Hispanic roots are performed. The historical context of the music is briefly discussed.
“We just had a wonderful Second Fridays program at Barrington Area Library. Pat Gaughan and L.J. Slavin did a "Harvest Harmony" program of folk and civil war tunes. Pat and L.J. have a great stage presence and quickly warmed up our crowd. They really had the crowd engaged and they began to sing along with some of the popular folk songs. Many patrons came up and said how much they loved the performance and it was one of the best performances we have had. Book them soon! We highly recommend them!”-Eileen Gallagher, Program Specialist Barrington Library

"My library audience delighted in the talents of Pat Gaughan and L.J. Slavin. Their
performance made for the PERFECT library program - educational, yet funny and wildly
entertaining. The richness of Pat's beautiful vocals along with L.J.'s talented
mastery of a wide selection of instruments provided my patrons with an entertaining
afternoon concert experience. One I'm sure they'll be talking about for a long time
to come. I look forward to having them back to my library again in the future."
-Terri Suda - Adult Services Programming Coordinator, Wauconda Area Library
Music of the Civil War
Music expressed the hardship, pain, love and humor of those involved in the conflict and those left behind. This program features live performances of music popular in the North, music popular in the South, and songs that crossed those boundaries and helped heal a nation. From foot stomping “Dixie” to the somber “Auction Block” ballad about slavery, Pat and LJ take the audience on a historical musical journey.


Holiday Programs
Celebrating Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any other special occasion that would be enhanced with music? Pat and LJ enjoy performing special music of these traditions to audiences of all ages.
Irish Music Program
Pat Gaughan and LJ Slavin are known throughout the Midwest for their riveting programs of Irish music, from Pat’s vocals on lovely lyrical ballads to LJ’s lively instrumental jigs and reels on fiddle or Pennywhistle, and their rowdy pub songs bring the heart of Irish music to audiences of all ages.
“Thank you for the wonderful Irish Music Concert. This was a lovely opportunity for the community to enjoy this special genre of music, especially with your unique style, delivery and flair.”-Marci Buerger, Mount Prospect Library
And reviews from the attendees at the library:
• Versatile, foot stomping, good ole Irish music! And jokes besides!
• Wonderful music, Outstanding musicians
• Awesome!
• Brought memories of Ireland tour
• Very enjoyable
• Wow!
• Delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
• Fun-Love Irish music
• Great performance
• Very good-Love the music
• Lively & wonderful music




History of Blues Culture

The struggles and sorrows of slaves were expressed through their songs. So were their hopes for freedom and equal rights. This educational lecture/performance uses a power point presentation and live music to describe the role that the oppression of African Americans played in the development of the Blues, from slavery to Jim Crow laws and the civil rights struggle.

The Spirituals, Work songs, and Slave songs that evolved into Blues are performed live with a visual depiction from the time period. The Delta Blues styles, the migration North and the development into Classic Blues are discussed and performed. The stories of many key Blues musicians are brought to life with live performances of their signature pieces; Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago”, Bessie Smith’s last recording “Nobody knows You When you’re Down and Out”.
During African American History Month, Music Instructor Patricia Gaughan facilitated a workshop titled “History of Blues Culture”. In her presentation she highlighted the impact of slavery and oppression in America that led to the evolution of the modern day Blues. I enjoyed very much how she imbedded story and song into the presentation. The presentation was very educational and well suited for all audiences. The student participants were engaged throughout the presentation.
–Sonia Reising, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, McHenry County College

Pat Gaughan is available for the following programs:
Blurry Lines, Banned Music
Music is a form of speech protected by the 1st amendment to the constitution. The evolution of that protection is discussed along with many samples of music that was banned for a variety of reasons: lyrical content, musical style, interracial presentations, politics/religion/sexual orientation of the performer. Banned music through the decades, starting with the 1950’s to present day is sampled and discussed. A group discussion of these issues may follow the presentation. This is a power point presentation and requires access to the internet. The Banned Music presentation is for a mature audience. Created by Pat Gaughan M.M. with the assistance of Cynthia R. Letteri, MLIS, Ed.M. McHenry County College Reference Librarian/Information Literacy Instructor.
“A very entertaining and timely program with tie-ins to the arts, popular culture, history and censorship. This particular program demonstrates Pat’s deep understanding of the intersection of musical expression and First Amendment issues—which we exploited to the max during this year’s Banned Books Week. She is a pleasure to work with and creates excellent edutainment!”
-Cynthia Letteri, Reference Librarian, Information Literacy Instructor, McHenry County College
(Feb 8, 2015)