Slideshow Chelsea HoyMike Kirkpatrick working with the Trinity Irish Dance Company on a rainy day. Leslie BornsThe cover of Far Darrig’s 45 record, “Step It Out Mary/What Brought the Blood,” which at the time comprised of Ross Thompson and Mike Kirkpatrick. Richard MartinFar Darrig — Ross Thompson, Janice Matella-Thompson and Mike Kirkpatrick — pose for a promotional photo Chelsea HoyMike Kirkpatrick accompanies the trinity Irish Dance Company in the studio. Courtesy of Dave CallahanSean Cleland, Dave Callahan, Jackie Moran and Mike Kirkpatrick perform as The Drovers during a stint on the East coast in 1993. Courtesy of Dave CallahanMike Kirkpatrick, Doug Evans, Sean Cleland and Dave Callahan stand in front of an automobile dealership in Kansas City, Missouri in 1994. Courtesy of Dave CallahanMike Kirkpatrick, Paul Bradley, Dave Callahan and Sean Cleland pose on the back porch of a Southport department store in 1995 Bob PalmieriLiz Carroll, an American fiddle player, and Mike Kirkpatrick in the studio recording for the Drovers Unlimited Orchestra Bob PalmieriMike Kirkpatrick smiles for the camera, a rare occurrence according to Rachel Kahsen. “It’s one of the rare times he actually smiled in a picture and isn’t looking away,” Kahsen said. “[His friends] commented that the smile on his face is the smirk he has after he’s just told a joke and pulled one over on you.”
Mike Kirkpatrick, a Chicago-based composer, producer and musician, died Aug. 27 at 65 of colon cancer at his home in Rogers Park, just over a mile north of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. He was part of a successful Celtic rock band, accompanied dance groups to the international stage (and Johnny Carson’s) and helped to blend the sounds of freeform jazz with traditional Irish folk.
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