Music & Dance

2014 Festival Entertainment

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Winners of the 2013 Irish Music Awards for Top Group and Top Traditional Group, this young, energetic band from Philadelphia has released three albums of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Dublin-born guitarist Fionan de Barra, Canadian Cheryl Prashker on percussion, Dave Curley on mandolin, vocals, bodhran and step-dancing, and fiddler Maggie Estes of Kentucky.

kittelJeremy Kittel Band

A unique fusion of jazz, Scottish, Irish, bluegrass and classical music. Jeremy earned jazz degrees from the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music, has won numerous awards in Scottish Fiddle and jazz, and has toured the world performing music. He has released four CDs and will perform with mandolinist Josh Pinkham and guitarist Kyle Sanna.

prydein Prydein

From Vermont comes a different kind of Celtic Rock. Aron Garceau (guitar) grew up obsessed with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Led Zepplin, while Iain MacHarg grew up listening to the Battlefield Band and the Tannahill Weavers. From this unlikely pairing came a band unlike any other, with Aron’s hard rocking edge and Iain’s mastery of an instrument which is a proven, guaranteed DJ repellent; the Bagpipes. Joined by Andy Smith on bass, Caleb Bronz on drums, and Dan Houghton on just about everything else, they have produced four albums and have a lot of fun.

barleyjuice Barleyjuice

Raucus drinking songs and wild Celtic rock. From Philadelphia, with six CDs, Kyf Brewer and Keith Swanson cover vocals, guitars, accordion, harmonica, mandoling, bouzouki and bagpipes, while Alice O’Quirke fiddles, Barnes drums, and Eric Worthington plays bass.


Square Pegz

So, like, under normal circumstances, we would totally never be seen together, cuz it’d, like, destroy our reps at Shermer High. But one majorly hellacious Saturday we were all stuck in detention and we, like, kinda got along. We decided to form a totally gnarly band so we’d have an excuse to hang out some more (at least outside of school).Now The Square Pegz are, like, the most wicked pop band around!! Come party with us! We’re way stoked to meet you!!

finvarraswrenFinvarra’s Wren

This powerful Michigan band plays invigorating Irish, Scottish and Celtic-American folk music. Jim and Cheryl Perkins sing, tell stories, and play guitar, dulcimer, and bodhran, while Allison fiddles and Asher plays accordion and concertina. Finvarra’s Wren will also host the Brecon stage.

chelsea Chelsea House Orchestra:
Celtic folk music




fiddlersFiddlers Restrung: Saline’s energetic fiddle group



commonwealth1-1CommonWealth Dance Collective

The Commonwealth Dance Collective is an ensemble of Michigan dancers who perform many styles of stepdances including Irish, Appalachian,  English, Canadian, American tap, historic routines and original choreography.  The members of the group delight in capturing the spirits of the past and the present with equal enthusiasm and sharing the collective joy of many cultures through dance.

Irish-Dance-Lansing-3Irish Dance Company of Lansing

The Irish Dance Company of Lansing has promoted Irish music and dance for children in the Mid-Michigan area since 1992. Dancers from age 5 to 18 learn traditional steps and dances, and help select music and create choreography to a variety of traditional to contemporary Celtic tunes.Directed by Betsy McCartney Banghart and Meghan McCartney Scott.



Tartan and Thistle Scottish Country Dancers

The Tartan and Thistle Scottish Country Dancers meet weekly in the Ann Arbor to dance traditional jigs, reels and Strathspeys – the social dances of Scotland – while listening to live music and enjoying each other’s company. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Damhsa Ulsce Ban Mor

Damhsa Ulsce Ban Mor is an Irish language phrase that means Dance Grand Rapids. It is a group of enthusiastic dancers who dance weekly in Grand Rapids and teach ceili and set dancing at the SCF and Milwaukee Irish Fest.

Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers

The Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers play Celtic music on folk harps, also called Celtic or Lever Harps. They meet periodically, sponsor concerts and workshop, and occasionally perform. Led by Carol Kappus, a harper and singer specializing in the music of Scotland.

Dancin’ with Delia Irish Dance School

The Dancin’ with Delia Irish Dance School has been offering Irish dance since 2006.  They currently offer group and private lessons in Clinton Township, Saline, Rochester and Farmington Hills.

Celtic Jam

Celtic Jam is made up of local musicians from SE Michigan who play Irish and Scottish traditional music on acoustic instruments, such as fiddle, banjo, harp, uilleann pipes, concertina, bodhran, guitar, string bass, and penny whistle. 

Dancin’ Feet School of Gaelic Culture and Dance

Ren’ee Ginell hosts the Dance stage for the SCF and will teach a Cape Breton stepdance workshop in the afternoon. 

Ann Arbor Morris

Morris dancing is a form of ritual folkdance that originates in England and dates back to at least the 15th century.  The Ann Arbor Morris group was founded in 1976 and is part of the Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.  Morris dancers traditionally dress in white, wear bells tied to their shins, and dance to live music played on instruments such as the accordion, penny whistle, or fiddle.

Bryan Kelso Crow & Celtic Connections

Bryan Kelso Crow, host of NPR’s Celtic Connections radio show, and host of the Red Dragon Stage for the SCF.  Bryan and his friend Mike Shanahan are the Celtic Connections Band.

Young Artists Showcase

The Saline Celtic Festival continues its tradition of offering young Celtic musicians a chance to perform at the festival. This year the Young Artists Showcase will be at 6pm on the Edinburgh stage.

Interested musicians (21 and under) should contact Pam at no later than July 6, 2014.

Craggy Island Ceili Band

Inspired in name by the Irish cult-favorite show “Father Ted”, the Craggy Island Ceili Band boasts some of the Ann Arbor area’s finest traditional musicians. Performing on uilleann pipes, flute, bouzouki, fiddle, and vocals, the band promises an ecumenical experience.


Based in Ann Arbor, Nutshell is a Celtic roots band whose repertoire ranges from high energy traditional jigs and reels, to expressive airs and songs with beautiful harmonies.  Nutshell will feature Linda Teaman on lead vocals and bodhran, Tom Voiles on flute, whistle, and vocals, and John Lloyd on guitar.


Annika Socolofsky and Christine Hedden (fiddles) and Nadine Dyskant-Miller (flute) draw their roots from a variety of backgrounds: Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, and New England folk music. Together, they can be seen almost every Saturday morning at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

Christine Hedden

New England fiddler who creates a sound that draws from many wells: traditional, classical, and contemporary. She finds her spark in playing the twisty, turning tunes of Irish music and in writing her own new tunes.