Saline Celtic Festival to welcome ‘House of Hamill’ duo

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 06/09/2019 - 10:58
The Celtic duo House of Hamill will play at this year's Saline Celtic Festival

The Celtic duo ‘House of Hamill’—named after an Irish reel—will take to the Red Dragon stage on the Saturday evening of this year's Saline Celtic Festival, July 12-13 in Mill Pond Park. The pair will perform at 7:30 p.m., and join other artists in a grand finale at 10:15 p.m.

“This is our first time coming to Saline, though many of our friends have played there in the past, and we're really excited to perform for the Celtic Festival audience,” says Rose Baldino, one half of the duo with Brian Buchanan. 

“We grew up playing and performing Irish and traditional fiddle, but we love all kinds of music. While our live show is definitely deeply rooted in Irish music, we also incorporate unusual influences from all over the musical spectrum. On the road during long drives we’ll listen to everything from Liz Carroll to Heart, Nickel Creek to Radiohead –and you'll hear elements of all those influences in our show.”

 “We like to keep the energy up, with lots of traditional tune sets, three-part harmonies and unexpected cover songs,” says Buchanan. “We also like to engage with our audiences, so you can expect a few stories from our years on the road!”

The two met a decade ago, when Buchanan’s band Enter the Haggis and Baldino’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were playing at a theater in rural Pennsylvania. Sharing a love of Irish fiddle tunes, the two crossed paths several times in the next decade, and in 2014 joined forces.

Accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, the two have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them, and perform new fiddle tunes and original songs and give new twists to traditional and contemporary songs.

Their 2016 debut album, “Wide Awake,” was followed in 2018 by “March Through Storms,” and that summer their all-violin cover of “Sweet Child Of Mine” quickly gained more than 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook and was picked up by publications world-wide.

The Pennsylvania-based musicians recently made their first-ever trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “Michigan has such a vibrant music scene and we always look forward to playing shows there,” Buchanan says. 

This year’s Festival music line-up also includes Crossbow, Thunderwüde, Brother Crowe, Black Murray, Codgers, Paddy’s Cure, The Barley Saints, Nessa, Saline Fiddlers, and Chelsea House Orchestra; along with pipe bands, ancient athletics, jousting, historical re-enactments, dance troupes, Highland dance competition, sheep herding, textiles and weavers, Wee Folks Island, Mill Pond Millie, and much more.

For complete information, including the lineup of events and activities, visit



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Sheila Pursglove
Sheila Pursglove is a long-time Saline-area resident, and a freelance writer for several publications in Michigan, around the U.S. and abroad.