The Good News 2019

World Music Festival Chicago is coming to the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., with a concert featuring Lankum and the Yandong Grand Singers.

The free performance on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., will be fun for all ages and highlight the talented musicians from Ireland with Lankum and China with Yandong Grand Singers.

Lankum is a four-piece group from Dublin, Ireland, with an exceptional ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental.

Brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals) and Daragh Lynch (vocals and guitar)—alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals)—channel a diverse set of influences and histories to create a beautifully rare songbook that is from and for the people.

The Yandong Grand Singers is a choir formed by farmers of the Dong ethnic group from Yandong Township in Southwestern China’s Guizhou province.

The Grand Song of the Dong ethnic group is a unique polyphonic a cappella style that was proclaimed as a masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.

The Dong people, who don’t have a written language of their own, transmit through songs much of their history, culture and knowledge. These songs accompany Dong people throughout their lives, and choirs of children, young adults and seniors are formed in every village.

The 21st annual World Music Festival Chicago will take place at 17 venues across the city from Sept. 13 to Sept. 29. A full schedule of performances is available on the website for World Music Festival Chicago.

Celebrating diverse music from across the globe, this free festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is the largest festival of its kind in the United States.

The World Music Festival is sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority, The Chicago Tribune, and Millennium Garages.

Grant support for the festival is provided by the Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Park District, Irish American Heritage Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets to Lankum and the Yandong Grand Singers at the Beverly Arts Center are available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the performance.

For more information, call (773) 445-3838 or visit the website at beverlyartcenter.org.