The Founding

Corrina Van Hamlin

Kittel & Co, headed by Michigan-born fiddler Jeremy Kittel, will appear with the Battle Creek Symphony's Celtic Christmas on Saturday, Dec 8 at 7:30 pm in W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. Anne Harrigan and Cara Lieurance preview the performance, which also features The Founding, a modern Celtic band formed at Western Michigan University, and Christopher Layer, a specialist on the Irish Uillean pipes and Irish flute.


Ashley Slater Photography

In under three years, the members of The Founding have earned a reputation as a progressive Celtic-influenced band with a powerful stage presence, all while finishing their music degrees at Western Michigan University. Chief songwriters Joel Myers and Lukas Stanley spoke to Cara Lieurance about the band's fast rise and the surprising directions their first album took. They also tell the stories behind four of the songs from The Founding's first album, Form.