MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2012 LINEUP
Irish Festival Lineup to Feature #1 Gaelic Storm
The Michigan Irish Music Festival, located on the shores of Muskegon Lake in Muskegon, Michigan, releases the headline artists for the September 14 - 16, 2012 festival. Headlining the festival is America's most-popular Celtic band, Gaelic Storm. With a new album, Chicken Boxer, due in late July, the 2012 GS tour promises to be one of the most exciting ever.
After a start playing monthly gigs for friends at Santa Monica's O'Brien's Tavern in 1995, the band's popularity skyrocketed when it appeared in James Cameron's Titanic as the Celtic party band in the ship's steerage. Unlike so many other bands that were unable to sustain a career after receiving near-blinding initial exposure, Gaelic Storm has amassed a large, loyal and ever-growing following. After three studio albums on Virgin/EMI early on, the band has since flourished in an extreme DIY fashion by not only launching their own label, Lost Again Records, and releasing their albums themselves but also by designing all their own album art, posters and advertisements, and spearheading all their own merchandising, book-keeping and marketing. Gaelic Storm is a truly self-contained entity; an indie model for the new music industry that knows its identity and audience, and stays in close contact with its fans.
Also slated to appear are:
The Elders - Hailing from Kansas City, this group brings something that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism - Celtic rhythms and melodies augmented with amped-up roots rock, blazing instrumentals and powerful vocals.
Barra MacNeils - As a group, the six MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. Hailing from Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, the family group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.
RUNA - This music draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States, this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound.
FullSet - Having received great acclaim for their debut album, Notes at Liberty, this group from Ireland are quickly becoming one of the most well-known bands in the Celtic music scene today. All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots.
Cathie Ryan - Irish American Cathie Ryan, with her crystalline vocals and insightful songwriting, is an original and distinctive voice in Celtic music. Since her acclaimed seven year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, the Detroit born Ryan has established herself as one of Celtic Music's most popular and enduring singer-songwriters. The Boston Globe recently wrote, "Cathie Ryan is a thrilling traditional vocalist whose honey-pure soprano is equally at home on probing original ballads about a woman's place in the modern world."
Goitse - (pronounced gwi-cha) a festival favorite from 2011, Goitse is a flourishing, highly talented five piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Direct from Ireland, their fast paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa.
Seamus Kennedy - Kennedy is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, comedian, all-around entertainer, and author. He's also a huge hit in Muskegon! Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he has a huge repertoire that includes traditional Irish music, classic Country & Western, American standards, Scottish ballads, and kids' shows: entertainment for "the wee ones." Kennedy's ability to combine a total command of the music with humor makes him unique in the industry. His strong interactive entertainment skills and his participation with his audiences have helped him create an exceptionally loyal fan base everywhere he goes. He's incredibly talented and fun!
Dave Curley and Mick Broderick - These two members of the band Slide bring a unique set to the festival with the mastery of Broderick and one of the most compelling and unique voices to come out of Ireland in Curley.
Blackthorn - What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos and textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band's tight blend of four part harmony.
Kennedy's Kitchen - Kennedy's Kitchen plays "tear-up-the-floor, heart thumping" Irish music, dance tunes, pub and original songs. They are group of truly talented musicians from South Bend that have won over a whole new audience in Muskegon every year!
The Kreellers - The Kreellers are a high energy Celtic Rock group hailing from Detroit, Michigan. This four-piece powerhouse has been unstoppable, performing over 100 shows in 2010, recording the music for Fuji's Enviromax Battery ad campaign, and writing and recording new tunes for their latest CD. Still steeped in traditional Irish sound, the band's mix of rock, funk, and even punk elements has created a sound that has won over fans, critics, and even skeptics throughout the United States, and has made them one of the most sought after Celtic acts in the nation.
Danny Burns - This vocalist, hailing from Donegal, has been touring since the age of 17, learning his craft on the road, playing and living in New York, Nashville, New Orleans and Chicago, and has extensive experience on the European & Scandinavian circuits.
An Dro - This group is a union of four seasoned instrumentalists who speak from the heart with uncommon synergy. Their music is a blend of traditional and original melodies from across the globe, reaching back to the past, with an eye to the present and the future. You'll hear traditional Irish melodies, medieval French songs, Breton dance tunes, Scandinavian refrains, Appalachian influences, Arabic rhythms, and African grooves all performed with joy and freshness. This is dance music but it's also listening music.
Sponsored by Mercy Health Partners, the Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon September 14th-16th, with a weekend of live Irish entertainment, activities, and culture. The festival features Irish & Celtic music on three covered stages. In addition to continuous live music, the Irish Kitchen and Bob and Bernie's Pub serve up authentic Irish food and beverages including Irish Stout, Irish Cream and Budweiser products. Other festival activities include the Irish Market and the Irish Store, children's activities, a cultural center, and a session tent. A popular highlight on Saturday is the FEIS, an Irish dance competition. Sunday morning, a Catholic mass will be held at 9am followed by a traditional Irish breakfast.
The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday only from 5-6 pm sponsored by Family Financial Credit Union. Other major sponsors of the festival include Bob and Bernie's Pub, Waddell & Reed, and Budweiser. For complete festival information, visit www.michiganirish.org
Courtesy: Michigan Irish Music Festival