The popular duo of Brother Crowe— a bluegrass, Celtic, country, folk twosome from Detroit with Derek Wade on lead vocals, harmonica, and bodhran, and his songwriter sibling Paul Bruno on guitar, banjo, and vocals— will perform at 6:30 and 9:05 pm at Friday’s Pub Night in the Park; and at 4:15 p.m. on the Red Dragon Stage at Saturday’s all day festival.
Paul notes the duo, that plays several gigs around Michigan and Ohio each year including the Saline Celtic Festival, will bring a different dynamic to each performance, and an element of exciting spontaneity that engages the crowd.
With a focus on original music “while trying to branch a tad outside of the box,” their Indie Folk/Americana sound is influenced by Old Crowe Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, The Punch Brothers, The Boxcars, Flogging Molly, Tommy Makem, Hank Williams Jr., and Alan Jackson.
CrossBow, a high-energy Celtic band that started as a casual jam session in a music room at Grand Valley State University, will kick off Celtic events with a performance at Thursday evening’s Summer Music Series in downtown Saline, then play at 7:50 and 10:25 on Pub Night, and at 8:45 pm Saturday. This relatively new young band blends traditional Irish and Scottish music with a contemporary edge and a distinct, eclectic vibe.
Thursday, July 12: CrossBow, 7-9 p.m., Summer Music Series in downtown Saline.
Friday, July 13: CrossBow and Brother Crowe at Pub Night in Mill Pond Park that also features Ring of Steel; Limerick Contest; Mr. Pretty Legs competition; and workshops. Admission $5, under 13 free.
Saturday, July 14: Opening ceremonies 11 a.m.
Corktown Popes, Steel City Rovers, Brother Crowe, CrossBow, Finvarra’s Wren, and many more.
Jousting, historical reenactments, Highland dance competitions, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, Wee Folks Island, The Kilted Magician, sheep herding, Highland Athletics, pipe bands, textile arts, merchant village, and a Craft Beer Festival
$15/adults; $10/ages 65 and up; $5/ages 13-17; free/ages 12 and under, and active military.
Advance tickets at salineceltic.org and Saline City Hall: $10/ adults; group of 10/$80.
Free parking with shuttles.
No pets allowed.