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March 17: American roots and Celtic soul come to the JLC with Switchback

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 25, 2020

The award-winning duo, Switchback, featuring virtuoso musicians Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, comes to the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

In an evening entitled “Traveling Down an Irish Road,” FitzGerald and McCormack (pictured, left to right) will reflect on their 25 years of performing together, sharing stories and spellbinding music, including songs from their 17th studioPhoto of Switchback album released in 2019, “Birds of Prey.” Drawing on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots — with an exhilarating mix of mandolin, guitar, bass and vocal prowess — their masterful harmonies have drawn comparisons to such famous duos as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel.

Switchback tours throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Netherlands, playing over 200 engagements a year. Their television specials “The Americana Sessions”, “The Celtic Sessions” and “Music on the Mayne Stage” have aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores for some of their original music.

Single Tickets: $25 for adults; $24 for seniors, CLC staff and alumni; $15 for students and teens; and $10 for children. Prices do not include an additional $2 per ticket facility fee. Single tickets can be purchased at the JLC Box Office on the Grayslake Campus, Room P112, 19351 W. Washington St, and is open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Patrons can also call (847) 543-2300 (option 5). To purchase single tickets online and learn more about the JLC season, visit To purchase group tickets and request the 2019-20 James Lumber Center Professional Series brochure or the College of Lake County art, dance, film, literary, music and theatre events guide, call (847) 543-2300.


The remainder of the 2019-2020 JLC Professional Series includes the following events:

Jazz Ambassadors/The United States Army Field Band: Saturday, March 28

The Four Bitchin’ Babes: Sunday, May 10


About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.