celtic music

C. Lieurance

When two musicians find themselves compatible with each other, distance matters less. Fiddler Ryan McKasson, who lives in Tacoma, WA and Boston-raised singer/guitarist Eric McDonald, of Montreal, Canada, are a top-notch duo that play traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and North America. They recently visited WMUK while touring with their new album, Harbour

Fonn Mor

Station 66, a produce market and ice cream parlor on M-66 south of Battle Creek, is the site of owner Curt Tramel's annual outdoor summer concert. This year, he's featuring a number of Chicago musicians who are well known in Irish music circles. They'll join his band, Fonn Mór, on stage at 6 pm on Saturday, August 13.

Robbie Feinberg/WMUK

On December 11th, the Michigan trio The Moxie Strings will bring their unique style of music to The Livery in Benton Harbor. The band's music is broadly Celtic rock, but it's also experimental, combining together classical, bluegrass and and Americana to create a unique sound, equal parts gentle and spirited. But if you had met the band's violinist, Diana Ladio, and its cellist, Alison Lynn, a decade ago, you would have never guessed they'd end up making this kind of music.


Courtesy Belfast Gin

For a Celtic band, St. Patrick’s day can be a blessing and a curse. You’ve got the raucous audiences ready to sing along. But it also means performing songs over and over and over, from dawn until dusk. Kalamazoo band Belfast Gin knows it well. This year, they’re pulling a double-header, heading from a morning show in Battle Creek directly to Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. It's a challenge, but the band says it's worth it.

    

Apprentice students doing Highland dances at the Bullard School of Dance
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

...Well, you remember the famous Saturday Night Live skit with Mike Meyers.  

This weekend you can celebrate what it means to be Scottish at the Celtic Ceilidh in Kalamazoo. The Ceilidh will take place Saturday at 4:30 at the Kalamazoo Ballet’s Bullard School of Dance on South Street.

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