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Marty Connolly, Bill Hannigan and Dan McGuire have been known as Three Men in Kilts since 1993, when they decided to combine their musical talents and perform for audiences.
Growing up on the Southside of Chicago, Bill learned to play the Highland Bagpipes, while a member of the Stockyards Kilty Band.. Marty, Bill and Dan were taught to sing by the good Sisters of St. Joseph, as grade school students at St. Bede the Venerable. Marty attended the Blessded William J. Bogan High School, while Bill went to St. Laurence O'Toole High School and Dan, Brother Rice High School...both lads known for their ability to take a punch administered by any/all of the Christian Brothers of Ireland. Marty and Bill continued on with their education and graduated from the Jesuit stronghold, Loyola University of Chicago and Dan graduated from the University of Chicago (FD) - Dekoven Street Campus. After 33 years of fightin' fires and savin' lives, Dan retired from the CFD in November, 2011.
The three have been friends since their Little League sandlot days. Both Bill and Dan were members of the Gaelic Fire Brigade Pipe Band, with Bill acting as Pipe Major, until it dissolved. Marty and Bill learned to play the guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
The Band performs traditional Irish ballads, pub and rebel songs, Great Big Sea, Gaelic Storm, Saw Doctors Jimmy Buffett, The Beatles...and then some.
Following their first public performance at Jack and Barb Sullivan's Kolmar Lounge in Chicago, their popularity and number of performances grew due to their enthusiasm and willingness to play with the audience rather than just for them.
Three Men in Kilts have been invited to sing the National Anthem at Comiskey Park for the last 18 years. Additionally, the lads greeted and performed for our "Northside" neighbors in front of "The Cell " prior to the start of the White Sox-Cubs second meeting during the 1997 season and in front of Murphy's Bleachers in 1999, before the first game of that series. TMIK was also afforded the privilege to perform before each of the post-season games in 2000 vs. the Seattle Mariners and Opening Days, 2002 and 2004 and twice during the White Sox' Championship Season, 2005 and prior to the Sox vs. Cubs - Manical Manny Zambrano Meltdown Game in 2010. TMIK has been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Chicago White Sox Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day festivities for the past 11 years.
Three Men in Kilts were honored to perform the Anthem prior to the 2008 ALCS "Tiebreaker," which the Chicago White Sox won vs. the Minnesota Twins to become the Divisional Champs.
Three Men in Kilts performed Our National Anthem prior to the Chicago Bulls vs Orland Magic basketball game on Saturday, March 18th, 2006...our first time at the United Center and with the Bulls.
TMIK has performed "live" on The Kevin Matthews' Talkmess, Jonathon Brandmeier's Showgram, WLUP-FM, The Steve Cochran Morning Show, The Huge Show, ESPN Radio-WMVP-AM, with Steve Dahl, WCKG and the Eric and Kathy Morning Show on WTMX-FM, 101.9 and WSCR, The Score - 670AM - The Radio home of the Chicago White Sox and have appeared from time to time on the WGN-TV9 and CBS2 Morning Shows.
Both Dan and I support and respect Marty's decision and remain partners, brothers and friends...and perhaps, Marty will join TMIK, from time to time along the way...he will ALWAYS be a part of TMIK.
In the meantime...
Bill's son, Brendan Hannigan will be joining TMIK in 2014.
Brendan is a gifted singer/songwriter and musician, an alum of Second City and IO and is a contributing member of The Hitmen, an improvisational group based in Chicago. Brendan is also a founding member of the musical group, The Misfit Toyz.
In his spare time (his day job), Brendan is a well-traveled Guru for Groupon.
Brendan, 12 yrs. old at the time, was instrumental in coming up with the moniker, Three Men in Kilts, which we continue to enjoy today and especially respectfully honor the name and Brendan's creativity on 90 degree days.
So...we all look forward to seeing you in the future...check out the TMIK website for more information.
TMIK Music has gone digital and is now available via this website.