2018 Festival Entertainment – Check back for updates to the 2018 Festival!
Check out our 2017 entertainment below:
See our schedule page for times and locations of performances!
See below to see the schedule of Music and Dance workshops at our festival!
Brother Crowe, made up of brothers Derek (Lead vocals, harmonica, and bodran) and Paul (guitar, banjo, vocals), is a Detroit-based Country/Indie Folk duo, with a traditional Celtic influence. They’re rocking the Saline downtown Summer Music Series, keeping things going for our Pub Night on Friday, and performing on Saturday as well!
Stone Clover From their website: “Stone Clover’s original approach to song writing is a melding of pub style tunes mixed with aspects of rock, punk, gypsy, folk, and Americana. They affectionately call this style of their own “Paddy Slag” as it clearly comes from Irish tradition but also has so many other influences as well. A high energy stage show mixed with anything from fun and fast takes on traditional songs to their own infectious originals is what to expect.”
Steel City Rovers mix Celtic and North American traditions for a rollicking “Celtibilly” sound. This five-member band, based in Hamilton, Ontario, give electric performances that are “fresh, familiar, and fun.”
Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic is a local group of musicians from Saline High School, who perform music ranging from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. They sing, they dance, and they get the crowds moving by kicking off our festival!
Peat in the Creel From their website: “Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world influences, to bring forth a range of energetic dance tunes, spirited folk songs, and peaceful melodies. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Founded in 2011, the band is cut from the turf of West Michigan and enjoys performing throughout the region.”
Hugh Irwin, the Kilted Magician, will be roving the festival Friday and Saturday – keep your eyes out for amazing presentations of skill and wonder!!
Motor City Irish Dance is a performance dance company that features adult dancers – an often underrepresented group of nevertheless talented dancers! Catch them on the Red Dragon Stage and the Brecon Stage!
Nutshell Ann Arbor are a Celtic roots band, pulling from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton as influences, but increasingly pulling from other styles as well!
ROANE From their website: “With a unique acoustic sound and intricate three-part vocal harmonies, Roane specializes in Celtic, folk, and maritime music. Their repertoire consists of traditional Celtic melodies, American traditional favorites, and sea shanties with their own personal twist.”
A2 Morris Come see these traditional folk dancers around the festival! Morris dancing is a ritual folk dance that originated in England and goes back to at least the 15th century, but these dancers make it accessible and fun in the 21st!
Irish Dance Company of Lansing is a kids-only troupe that promotes Irish music & dance!
CrossBow From their website: “Much of the thrill in experiencing a CrossBow performance actually transcends the music itself. This excitement stems from the contagious joy and comradery shared between the players, and communicated directly with their audience…these high-energy musicians naturally feed off of one another, creating a dynamic, wholly unique performance that shouldn’t be missed.”
Tartan & Thistle Dance – a Scottish country dance group affiliated with the Detroit Branch of the RSCDS
CommonWealth Dance: The CommonWealth Dance Collective (CDC) is an ensemble of step dancers based in lower Michigan. Founded by Sheila Graziano in 2004, the CDC presents a review of many styles of percussive dance, 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 joy of many cultures through dance. Music will be provided by Budd Greenman and Erik White.
O’Kennedy Irish Dance students will come dazzle the crowds with their traditional Irish dance!
Music & Dance Sessions
6:00 pm Contra/English Session led by Ed Vincent
7:30 pm Damsha Uisce Ban Mor/ Ceili – Music for both dances provided by Budd Greenman and Erik White
6:00 pm Step Dance Session
7:30 pm SEISUN Detroit Irish Music Association
6:00 pm Sessions with:
Linda Yanta – Beginning Tin Whistle in the Key of D (Whistles will be available for purchase for around $6, thanks to Just Imagine Toy Store in Chelsea)
Tristan Pruss – Beginning Bodhran Drum (“pizza box drums” will be available)
Professor Evan Chambers – Intermediate Fiddle (Must be able to play and bring Violin)
Ginny Shilliday – Singing in the Ballad Tradition
Step Dance with Elise Gregory. (Currently teaches Irish Dance at Ann Arbor Rec & ed.)
12:00 pm Uilleann Pipe with Purcell Irish Pipes of Detroit
1:15 pm Irish Music – try an instrument with the Detroit Irish Music Association
Wee Folks Island
3:15 pm Music workshop for kids with performing band Steel City Rovers!
7:30pm Music Session led by Celtic Jam