Great Lakes Gathering

This Friday and Saturday is the 1st Great Lakes Gathering at the First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw. It will bring lots of great Irish music to Saginaw, including Crossroads Ceili, Finvarra’s Wren, The Codgers, Equinox, Roane, and Siusan O’Rourke & Zig Zeitler. Here’s a nice newspaper article on the Gathering.

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Ballads and Brews

This weekend is Ballads and Brews, the maritime music festival which is normally a part of the Bay City Tall Ships Celebration. Even though this is an off year for the tall ships, they’ve decided to go ahead with the music.

This year will have Celtic Jams hosted by Hoolie, Roane, La Compagine, and (if it’s your sort of thing) Enter the Haggis.

There’s a nice article from Mlive with what I believe is the correct schedule (the one on the official Ballads and Brews page appears to be preliminary).

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Irish Weekend At The White Crow

The White Crow is having three consecutive nights of Irish music the second weekend of August.

Friday August 9, 7PM: The Brock McGuire Band
Saturday August 10, 9PM: Late Night Irish Session
Sunday August 11, 6PM: A Chance Meeting (John Whelan and Friends)

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Tall Ships “Ballads & Brews” This Week

Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration next weekend will bring a horde of musicians into town — primarily shanties, but there should be a good helping of tunes as well.  If I’m reading the schedule correctly, there will be 13+ hours of music every day!

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Goderich Celtic College Schedule Up

The Goderich Celtic College now has their 2013 class schedule up.  It’s August 5 – 9.  Teachers of note include Archie Fisher, singer Sean Keane, Andre Brunet, and The Once.

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Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss: Studio Showing

Join Maeve and Nic for a studio showing of new works-in-progress for harp, voice, and percussive dance! 
May 15, 2013, 8 pm 
Off-Broadway Studio
118 S. Washington Street 
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
$15 suggested donation
For reservations, please email

Michigan-born percussive dancer, Nic Gareiss and Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while both teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger’s band, The Furies. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, dance, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic’s footwork combined with Maeve’s melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet that delights both the ears and the eyes.  (Text borrowed from their Facebook announcement -colomon)

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More News

Equinox will be giving a concert at The White Crow Conservatory on Saturday, April 27 at 7:00. They will be joined by Todd and Mahlia Farley, the mimes extraordinaire featured in ‘The Great Lakes Bay’ magazine this month. Also Ariul, a talented dancer, will be dancing the Irish steps.

Kathy Morris also asked me to pass this on:

Michigan singer/songwriter Candace Corrigan, who now works in Nashville, Tennessee, has completed her latest project, “O’Carolan, Songwriter”. When O’Carolan composed in the late 17 century, he often wrote lyrics to his ‘tribute’ songs, or ‘planxties’, which were paid for by these patrons. His wonderful music survived as it was passed down through the ages, but much of the accompanying prose was lost. Candace uncovered what she could, and had the words translated from the original ‘Irish’ Gaelic, which still left the challenge of fitting these English lyrics into his well known melodies. She does an amazing job with her skillful beautiful voice backed up by Janne Henshaw from Indiana, and our own local Carol Levack. You can download the music, or order CDs at

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