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At 7 pm on Wednesday, June 30, the progressive folk band with Celtic roots The Founding will give a free performance in the Plainwell Bandshell, where the Plainwell Music Society hosts a concert series all summer. Joel Myers, who plays mandolin and fiddle and composes most of the original songs, tells Cara Lieurance that the show will feature the full original lineup and will focus on music from their debut album, Form. He also describes how the pandemic affected the members of the band and the group as a whole. Some learned new instruments, some became new parents, and enough music was written for a new album to be recorded in the next year.

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When two musicians find themselves compatible with each other, distance matters less. Fiddler Ryan McKasson, who lives in Tacoma, WA and Boston-raised singer/guitarist Eric McDonald, of Montreal, Canada, are a top-notch duo that play traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and North America. They recently visited WMUK while touring with their new album, Harbour

Fonn Mor

Station 66, a produce market and ice cream parlor on M-66 south of Battle Creek, is the site of owner Curt Tramel's annual outdoor summer concert. This year, he's featuring a number of Chicago musicians who are well known in Irish music circles. They'll join his band, Fonn Mór, on stage at 6 pm on Saturday, August 13.

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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.

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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.