celtic music

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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On WMUK's Let's Hear It, An Dro's Jim Spalink, Fred Willson, Michele Venegas, and Carolyn Koebel play together and discuss the many influences that come together to forge the band's unique sound. 

Listen for several original tune sets, and the stories behind them - road trips, festivals, and family lore.

  An Dro will appear at the Old Dog Tavern on Saturday, March 1 for the new Michigan Global Roots Music Festival. Hours are 11 am - 2 pm.