Podcast: December 26, 2015

Flood Brothers present The Skinny & Houli Christmas Show! Skinny & Houli welcome newly appointed Consul General of Ireland Orla McBreen to Chicago and the show. She’s a lovely gal, mother of two young boys, from County Meath and she is a delightful personality. The lads manage to get her life story out of her […]

Podcast: December 19, 2015

Flood Brothers Disposal present Skinny & Houli as they welcome their annual Christmas musical guest, Kilkenny’s coolest cat, Peter Brady back to the show for the third year running and Pete does not disappoint as he brings a bunch of tunes from Santa including “Winter Wonderland”, “The Stone Outside Dan Murphy’s Door”, “Dan O’Hara”, “Courting […]

Podcast: December 12, 2015

Dan McGuinness returns to the show for his fourth Christmas season as he once again will be in residence for the holidays at Fox’s Restaurant in Oak Lawn at 95th and Cicero. With shout-outs to his dad Terry from Dublin, Dan rips it up with “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and a cut from his CD, […]

Podcast: December 5, 2015

We return from the holiday refreshed and bloated and Skinny tells us some Thanksgiving stories as we shout out to the Nee Sisters from the Irish American Heritage Center and salute the Flood Brothers for their recent honor with the Order of St. Patrick for their major role in the promotion of Irish heritage. Then […]

Podcast: November 28, 2015

It’s The Skinny & Houli Thanksgiving Show with a “Best of” our favorite folks, including newly elected Irish American Heritage Center President Geno Cooney, Kathleen Keane and her tin whistle, legendary squeeze boxer Jimmy Keane plays “Far From Home”, Kevin Flynn breaks out “”Back in the Day”, and finally Katie Grennan, (katiegrennan.com) delivers the goods […]

Podcast: November 21, 2015

Singer/songwriter/chiropractor Michael McVady visits the show and croons a bunch of tunes while recounting his roots at Little Flower parish and St. Laurence HS on the southside of Chicago. Then Skinny tells us his Thanksgiving story of his brother John’s treachery involving his mother’s mahoganny buffet. Some cogent Who Cares and Who Died and then Dr. […]

Podcast: November 14, 2015

Old friend and sponsor Boz O’Brien of Reilly’s Daughter Irish Pub returns to the show with big news about the resurrection of Reilly’s in the exact same location they left 14 years ago. Boz is a born storyteller and doesn’t disappoint with tales of turkeys and undertakers taking bribes. Lorena Bobbitt shows up in our […]

Podcast: November 7, 2015

Skinny returns from a successful marathon in Dublin with stories to tell. Then old friend Pete Fasano, “the pie man”, from Fasano Pies drops with plenty of pie and stories. Peter’s grandfather Joe started the company in 1946 and they still serve 19 varieties of pie. It’s pie season so check out Fasano Pies for […]

Podcast: October 31, 2015

Skinny is in Ireland so Chicago Rose of Tralee, Maeve McSweeney, sits in for him and brings some much-needed class to the show! Maeve is going to Belarus in February to help the Children of Chernobyl and you can help her by visiting her GoFundMe page. Then we welcome singer/songwriter Aaron Wilhoft, to the show […]

Podcast: October 24, 2015

We start the show with a big shout out to Bronagh Kelleher of The Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin where Skinny will be staying during his marathon run there this week.  Then we’re visited by harpist Aislinn Gagliardi and her heavenly sounds as she promotes her upcoming CD launch of “The Thin Place” with fellow Irish […]

Podcast: October 17, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome actress Barbara Figgins, star of Chicago Irish Theatre’s hit production of MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE at Chief O’Neill’s through November 7th. Barbara plays 19 different characters in the one woman show and the show will make you laugh and make you cry. Then big news from Houli about Boz and Brendan O’Brien’s […]

Podcast: Oct. 10, 2015

The great squeeze box artist Jimmy Keane returns to chat with Skinny & Houli about his upcoming concert at Chief O’Neill’s with Robbie O’Connell and Mick Moloney on Friday, Oct. 16th. Jimmy plays “Far From Home”, “B Flat Waltz” and “April’s Fool” and has a story to go with every tune. Tune into this great […]

Podcast: October 3, 2015

Skinny and Houli welcome Father Tom Hurley, pastor of Old St. Pat’s, as he tells stories of adventures of a parish priest. Then Cary Pinkowski, race director of the Chicago Marathon gives us a preview of the upcoming big weekend. Great show!

Podcast: September 26, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome IBAM co-founders Cathy Curry and Cliff Carlson, also the co-publishers of the Irish American News as they give us the lineup for their upcoming Irish Books, Art, and Music extravanganza coming up in October. Then former Sheriff Mike Sheahan joins us fresh off the golf course with some stories along with […]

Podcast: September 19, 2015

Skinny and Houli welcome Eamonn Vaughan of Vaughan’s Hospitality and The Emerald Loop to the show along with Darragh Dunne, Brand Ambassador of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey to the show. Both gents are sponsors of the Houli’s upcoming First Annual Irish American Movie Hooley and they tell us their stories and promise us one helluva hooley […]

Podcast: September 12, 2015

Houli congratulates Skinny on the nuptials of his daughter Bridget last week in San Diego and Skinny bemoans the high price of beers at the hotel. What else is new?  Our old friend Charlie Carey, President of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame drops by to give us the lineup on the induction dinner on […]

Houli’s Podcast: September 5, 2015

In the midst of a manhunt for the cop killers in Fox Lake, the Skinny & Houli Show welcome Tom Cashman, Chairman of the 100 Club of Chicago  and Tom Cody from the Emerald Society of Illinois and their “Irishman of the Year”,  as we discuss the very troubling recent assassinations of police nationwide.  Police Lives […]

Podcast: August 29, 2015

Our musical guest star from the Skinny & Houli Ireland Tour 2013, Kathleen Keane, drops by the show to talk up Irish music with the lads. Kathleen’s fiddle was in the shop but she brought along her case of flutes and entertains on the tin whistle with a variety of jigs and talks of her […]

Podcast: August 22, 2015

Sean Brennan, author of the terrific Irish American memoir “Bridie’s Boy” joins Skinny and Houli to reminisce about the good old days and his take on being the tenth of eleven children growing up in the fifties and sixties in Oak Park in St. Edmund’s parish. Then Marcy Twardak and Ron Butera, from the Ovarian […]

Podcast: August 15, 2015

Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors opens the show for our Galway extravaganza featuring Galway Mayor Frank Fahy and Galway Bay FM radio impresario Keith Finnegan, both in town to promote the “city of festivals” to Chicago. Galway is vying for “European City of Culture 2020” and Keith and the Mayor talk up all the […]

Podcast: August 8, 2015

Skinny and Houli welcome new elected President of the Irish American Heritage Center Gene Cooney to the show. Gene is a long time member of the Heritage Center as well as an undertaker with Cooney Funeral Home, which his grandfather from Galway founded over a hundred years ago. Gene has a vision for the center […]

Podcast: August 1, 2015

Consul General of Ireland Aidan Cronin, who has been representing the government of Ireland in Chicago and across 13 states since 2011, bids au revoir to the Irish community of Chicagoland on The Skinny & Houli Show. It’s a bittersweet goodbye from one of our favorite people, as we discuss the highlights of his time […]

Podcast: July 25, 2015

The lads recap an hilarious day at Cog Hill for the Catholic Charities golf outing with on the tee interviews with over a dozen golfers and characters helping,  volunteering, and supporting Catholic Charities. Funny show!

Podcast: July 18, 2015

Our friend and world champion Irish dancer and fiddler Katie Grennan says goodbye before moving back home to Pittsburgh to get her graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon. Katie has traveled the world performing, including being last year’s special guest musician on the Skinny & Houli Return to Ireland Tour. Lots of stories on this show […]

Podcast: July 11, 2015

Kevin Flynn of Kevin Flynn and The Avondale Ramblers stops by Lizzie’s to give us a preview of his upcoming gig at Irish Fest. Kevin is a singer-songwriter par excellence and his songs capture the joys and sorrows and hangovers of Irish American culture, just great stuff. Skinny tells a story of his trip to […]

Podcast: July 4, 2015

We go back in time this week to replay some of our favorite interviews from the last year, including an extensive interview with legendary character and movie star M. Emmett Walsh, who visited us last fall when he was in a play at Steppenwolf. Great stuff from this guy who has appeared in over 115 […]

Podcast: June 27, 2015

Kathy O’Neill from the Irish American Heritage Center gives us the lineup for Irish Fest July 10-11-12th and all the treats in store, including Gaelic Storm, Scythian, The Westies, Runa, and almost 50 other favorite bands as they celebrate 30 years of entertaining the Irish in Chicago. Then Sean Cleland and Jesse Langen from The […]

Podcast: June 20, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome Cyril Regan from Chicago Irish Immigrant Support to the show to discuss the J-1 students in Berkeley tragedy and plans for memorial services and how to donate online from their website. Then our old friend Katie Grennan tells us of her tour to China, her plans for graduate school, her trip […]

Podcast: June 13, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome Southside singing sensation, 17-year-old Liam Durkin who performs a bunch of Irish tunes including “Dirty Old Town”, “Spancil Hill”, “The Town I Love So Well”, and “the Rocky Road to Dublin”. Liam’s family came down to Lizzie’s for the show and the kid puts on a great one. Some primo “Who Cares” […]

Podcast: June 6, 2015

Packed house at the show this week. AOH President William Kelly and The Chancey Brothers and Mark Doyle of “Rags of Honor” come by to plug their July 2nd fundraiser for veterans. Then Dana Wright, Jill McArdle and Pat Donovan from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office talk up the upcoming COPS 2015 Cycle Across Illinois […]

Podcast: May 30, 2015

Skinny and Houli welcome old pal Jim Riley of the late, great Riley’s Trick Shop as Jim talks to us about his retirement from the whoopie cushion game and into literature. Jim’s new book, “Oh Really, Riley?” has just been published and chronicles the history of the Trick Shop until the closing of its doors […]

Podcast: May 23, 2015

We open our Memorial Day weekend show with an intro from our old friend Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors! Then another pair of old friends, BOHOLA with Jimmy Keane and Pat Broaders, drop by in person to give us a dazzlingly preview of their upcoming Gaelic Park Irish Fest Show, now in it’s 29th year. […]

Podcast: May 16, 2015

Old friends John Griffin and Barney Farrelly join us for a preview of the upcoming Gaelic Park Irish Fest, May 22-25 featuring the High Kings, Kathleen Keane, Bohola, Larkin & Moran Brothers, and at least twenty other magnificent performers at this year’s fest. Don’t forget the carnival rides for kids and the petting zoo, the […]

Podcast: May 9, 2015

Hollywood comes to the Skinny & Houli Show as we welcome old friend and screenwriter Dennis Foley to the show. Dennis is in the midst of pre-production on his first feature film set to start lensing in late July in Mt. Greenwood, “Old Bob”, a family flick featuring great character actor James Russo neighborhood actors […]

Podcast: May 2, 2015

We welcome new sponsor to the show, Notre Dame legend and personal injury attorney Tom Gorman. Fun show this week as Skinny & Houli gab about what’s going on around town. We welcome old friend Jen Kramer, Entertainment Director of Navy Pier, and hear all about the big renovations on the way, upcoming summer attractions, […]

Podcast: April 25, 2015

Big shout-out to Bob Flood on the birth of his tenth grandchild, born to Mike & Katie Flood last week, baby girl Millie Antoinette! Then the supremely talented singer-songwriter Michele McGuire returns to the Skinny & Houli Show with a pocketful of songs including “Shake a Little Salt on Me”, “Lonely Moment”, “Darling Girl” and the […]

Podcast: April 18, 2015

We throw out the failte for four ladies from Ireland visiting Chicago to promote their hotels across the Emerald Isle. Ireland’s Destination Management Specialist Emer Mortell brings along Deirdre McGlone from Harvey’s Point in Donegal, “at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains” who invites all our listeners to visit this gorgeous luxury hotel. Then […]

Podcast: April 11, 2015

Chicago Irish playwright Jim Lynch stops by to talk up the world premiere of his newest play THE CHEEK. Jim’s mom is from Tourmakeady County Mayo and so is just about everyone who lives on his block! We manage to squeeze in some choice “Who Cares” and “Who Died” before Cyril Regan, President of Irish […]

Podcast: April 4, 2015

The Skinny & Houli Show gets classy! Our friend Martin Fahey visits the show to talk up the new exhibit at The Art Institute, Ireland: Crossroads of Design and we play Carolan’s Concerto from the companion CD to the exhibit that Martin put together. Then Skinny’s boss at Special Olympics, Willam Tang, drops by to tell […]

Podcast: March 28, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome their friend Barbara Rowan Skwarski from the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians to preview their “Girls Night In” event at the Irish American Heritage Center on Friday April 10th. The LAOH is hosting the event for Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness and will also premiere a new one-woman show by Lynnn O’Dowd. Lynn […]

Podcast: March 21, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome Jimmy Deenihan, Irish Minsiter for the Diaspora, back to the show and thank him for the grand welcome he gave “The Skinny & Houli Return to Ireland 2014” tour group last October when he hosted a private tour of the Dáil Éireann  for us. Jimmy is a five time All-Ireland footballer […]

Podcast: March 14, 2015

It’s the Skinny & Houli St. Patrick’s Day weekend show and you really should tune in for this quintessentially Irish American hour.  The Cork delegation is in town and we visit with Michael Magner, world-renowned Irish coffee expert and Cork Lord Mayor Alan Coleman. Then Lauren Corry, 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and her […]

Podcast: March 7, 2015

Skinny & Houli welcome Maureen O”Donnell, Chicago Sun-Times obituary writer, and she brings a casket full of stories with her. Listen to this great interview with one of Chicago’s best writers about our shared fanaticism with “The Irish Scratch Sheet” aka “The Irish Sports Page”.   Then our old friend Kathy O’Neill drops by with […]

Podcast: February 28, 2015

Daithi Hand from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan sits in for Skinny and gives a master class on how not to interrupt Houli.  Rebecca Manthe and Aaron Duggins from The Tossers stop by the show and give us a preview of their upcoming St. Paddy’s Day show at Metro on Saturday March 7th. John Curtin and John […]

Podcast: February 21, 2015

Wind chill below zero and Skinny calls in to tell us the temp in Florida. Meanwhile the Wednesday Wiggle starts off with a boom when Max Dunne, Luke Cunningham, Rachel Gribben, and their students Meehall Sheridan and Luke Thompson from Brother Rice HS Irish music club break out the bass drum, bagpipes, fiddle and Irish […]

Podcast: February 14, 2015

Tim O’Malley and Eric Degnan from “One For the Kids” charity drop by to talk up their upcoming event The Curve Ball and their 22 years of helping families in need. Then we visit with Maria Larkin from Mayo, the 2015 Irish Elite Silver Medalist Cycling Champion. And then old friends, father and son filmmakers […]

Podcast: February 7, 2015

Gremlins attacked our recording of The Skinny & Houli Show and the ghost of Rosemary Woods chopped off the tape. So we re-created the show with clips and interview, and some of our favorite Irish tunes and it turned out great! Tune in for a rollicking Who Cares when the entire bar at Goldy’s in […]

Podcast: January 31, 2015

It’s the Skinny & Houli Super Bowl Special,  Best of Live Music from the show with tunes from Steve Davern, Sean Cleland & The Irish Music School of Chicago, Dan McGuinness, Peter Brady, Kathleen Keane, and Billy Lawless on vocals for “The Galway Shawl”, The Great Whiskey Project, Patrick and Karen Canady, The Drovers, Torri […]

Podcast: January 24, 2015

2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Lauren Corry visits the Skinny & Houli show with Local 130 Plumbers Union Business Manager Jim Coyne as they tell us plans of the upcoming corned beef and cabbage fundraising dinner and the upcoming 60th Anniversary Parade, featuring Grand Marshall Bill Hyte who leads over 400,000 plumbers nationwide. Guests […]

Podcast: January 17, 2015

In a perfect world the Irish Pub is a community center where families can celebrate life’s special moments together. That’s the vision of Brian Boru Irish Pub owner Mark McGready, a native of Derry in Ireland, who drops by the show with his partner Dennis Garrison to talk up their new pub in Forest Park […]