Fonn Mor

C. Lieurance

The Michigan Celtic band Fonn Mór has a busy St. Patrick's month ahead, with shows in Michigan and Illinois. Before the band kicks off its touring season this Saturday at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, three of the six members join Cara Lieurance in WMUK's Takeda studio for several tunes and songs, and a chat about their love of the different traditions found under the Celtic music umbrella.

Fonn Mór guitarist Curt Tramel is the founder of the group. His approach to guitar playing includes creating specific accompaniments to individual tunes, and drawing from American as well as Celtic styles. Grace MacMaster's passion is for Cape Breton fiddle music. She plays tunes sets that slowly increase in tempo and intensity, one of the hallmarks of the style. Simone Keenan, a native of Northern Ireland, comes from a family of musicians. Always a songwriter, she pursued many different kinds of music before revisiting her Irish roots with Fonn Mór. 

Musicians Juggle Lives as Small Business Owners

May 14, 2014

 At night, Curt Tramel is the backing guitarist for the Celtic band, Fonn Mor. But during the day, he's the owner of the ice-cream and local produce shop Station 66 in Battle Creek.