The Trials of Cato

Sun
2
June 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories.

$20
Sun
15
September 15 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Now in their 53rd year, the Tannahill Weavers are one of the world’s premier traditional Celtic bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.

$25
Wed
20
March 20 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. Whether playing a neighborhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam, or Shanghai, the tenors deliver a professional, sparkling and most of all good-humored performance. They genuinely love what they do, and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics, a capella pieces, and popular contemporary songs.

$30
Sat
30
December 30, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

The Ark’s annual Crossroads Ceili is a great way to mark the turning of the year. It’s a gathering of local Celtic-oriented singers, instrumentalists, and dancers, all sharing the stage to get your Celtic music year off to a good start. If you’d like to get an idea of the depth of southeastern Michigan’s Celtic music scene, the Ceili is a great place to do it. Fiddler Mick Gavin, the organizer of the Ceili and a frequent performer there, was recently inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame.

$25
Tue
20
February 20 @ 8:00 pm

Opener: The Trials of Cato

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

One of the most talked-about folk bands of the 21st century, Talisk have been tearing apart stereotypes and redefining the genre for almost a decade. With over 15 million streams, 10,000 albums sold worldwide, and sold out shows across five continents, the Scottish trio have amassed a global, die-hard following. Wielding instruments that have rarely seen the likes of their music, Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (violin), and Charlie Galloway (guitar) have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic sound – including five between BBC Rasio2 and BBC Radio Scotland, and two highly coveted BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Never afraid to push musical boundaries, or test the live production capabilities of just three people, there’s captivating a crowd, and then there’s Talisk.

$25
Sun
17
March 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Come hear the Scots band Irish Music Magazine calls “one of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic music map”! Dàimh (the word means “kinship” in Scots Gaelic and is pronounced “dive”) is based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. A long‐established favorite at folk festivals in Scotland and Ireland and across Europe, Dàimh took home Scots Trad Band of the Year honors at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Daimh are also regulars on BBC television.

$20
Sat
16
December 16, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

At it since 1984, Blackthorn offers shows that involve a musical ramble across Ireland. Traditional songs of emigration, ballads, shanties and jigs and reels combine with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs for a musical experience that is uniquely Irish. Each of the band’s five members plays multiple instruments, including flute, accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, banjo, cittern, bodhran, and more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four-part harmony. This band has been bringing a rich tapestry of Celtic music to southeast Michigan and beyond for almost 40 years, and they’re a must-see for those who want to know the deep traditions of Irish music in Michigan.

$20
Mon
11
December 11, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

The Founding is a progressive folk band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. With its timeless, powerful approach to songwriting and unique instrumentation, they strive to balance tradition and innovation as they bring new music to life. The Founding has performed at theaters and festivals throughout the United States, and they already have a Christmas album out. Members of The Founding are lead singer and flautist Elizabeth June; fiddler and vocalist John Robey; mandolinist and fiddler Joel Tyrone Myers; keyboardist, violist, and percussionist Lukas Stanley; guitarist and cellist Patrick Hartson; and bassist and vocalist Kyle Pitcher.

$25
Fri
1
March 1 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

A haggis is a tasty Scottish dish consisting of sheep heart, liver, and lungs, mixed with oatmeal, onion, suet, and spices, and then boiled inside the sheep’s stomach. The Canadian-Scots band Enter the Haggis (bagpiper Craig Downie is from Scotland) has just about as much variety in their style, a high-speed collision of Celtic music, rock, bluegrass, funk, and world music. An Enter the Haggis live show is a musical feast—dynamic and emotionally uplifting. Alternating between upbeat rock numbers with sing-along choruses and slower, more introspective alt pop songs, the band plays progressive and lyrically driven music that’s strongly rooted in Celtic tradition—from the storytelling to the bagpipes.

$25
Mon
4
March 4 @ 8:00 pm

The Ark 316 S. Main Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States

Lúnasa is an Irish traditional band with a rhythmic difference. Rhythm—their ingenious application of it, and their clear mastery of it—has made Lúnasa one of the most influential and innovative bands performing Irish instrumental music today. What Lúnasa has accomplished in their decade-and-a-half career has deep precedents in jazz and progressive bluegrass, and has made them unique in Celtic circles.

$25