Corktown Popes, Steel City Rovers, Brother Crowe, and CrossBow to headline Saline Celtic Festival

 07/04/2018 - 13:58
The Corktown Popes are a "rockin' band that Celts."

Corktown Popes, Steel City Rovers, Brother Crowe, and CrossBow will headline the Saline Celtic Festival, Saturday, July 14 at Mill Pond Park in Saline.

 The Corktown Popes, rounding out the festival with a 10:30 p.m. performance, were founded in 2010. According to their website, they’re not a Celtic band that rocks, but a “rockin’ band that Celts.” The band features Terry Burns on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; Josh Ford on bass; Paul Goodmen on accordion and keyboards; Jason Gittinger on drums; Jason Kuehn on electric and acoustic guitar and whistle; and Mike Martin on mandolin and acoustic guitar.

 The Steel City Rovers, from Hamilton, Ontario, mix Celtic and North American traditions for a rollicking “Celtibilly” sound, a cross-pollination of Celtic and North American traditions. 

 Brother Crowe will perform  at Pub Night in the Park on July 13; and at the all-day festival on July 14. Each performance will be a different kind of show and different dynamic, according to Paul Bruno, one half of the duo along with sibling Derek Wade.  

 CrossBow will play at the free Summer Music Series evening concert in downtown Saline on July 12; at Pub Night in the Park; and at the Saturday festival.

 Saturday's music/dance line-up also includes the Leprecons, Finvarra’s Wren, Peat in the Creel, and Saline Fiddlers, along with the Purcell Irish Pipers of Detroit, Celtic Jam, Ann Arbor Morris Dance, O’Kennedy Irish Dance of Saline, Motor City Irish Dance, Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers, Dancin’ Feet, Blue Caledonia, Damsha Uisce Ban Mor, Commonwealth Dance Collective, and the Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

 Opening ceremonies  at Mill Pond Park on Saturday, July 14 are at 11 a.m., followed by a day of music, jousting, historical reenactments, Highland dance, 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

Tickets at the gate: $15/adults; $10/ages 65 and up; $5/ages 13-17; free/ages 12 and under, and active military. Advance tickets at $10/ adults; group of 10/$80.  Pre-event tickets $10 at Saline City Hall next week.

Pub Night in the Park on Friday, July 13 also features Ring of Steel, Limerick Contest, Mr. Pretty Legs contest, and several workshops. Gates open at 5 pm, and fun runs to 11:30 pm. $5 Admission includes workshops. Under age 13 free.

Free parking with shuttles Friday and Saturday. No pets allowed. 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.