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Nov. 7: Switchback performs “Traveling Down an Irish Road” at the JLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 28, 2021

Showcasing their sublime harmonies and virtuosic musicianship, the award-winning duo Switchback will perform “Traveling Down an Irish Road,” a concert filled with heartfelt storytelling and spirited song on the Mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. CST.

Switchback features Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, performers who draw on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel.

Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Molloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.

To pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. None other than the Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in producing three of their albums and considers the duo one of the most important acts playing Americana music today.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adult: $25/$20; Seniors 65+: $24/$18; Student/Teen: $15; Children up to age 12: $10. Special rates available for groups of six or more. To purchase tickets, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to Print-at-home tickets are no longer available. The JLC Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Leave a message if calling outside Box Office hours. For more information on the show, visit 

The JLC has implemented extra safety precautions to ensure your well-being and comfort. All performers onstage for this performance will be unmasked. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside the venue. Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Seating in the Mainstage will have reduced capacity to accommodate social distancing. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restroom and common touchpoints. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the JLC lobby.

About College of Lake County

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. 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.