Grand Rapids band 'Paddy’s Cure' to play at Saline Celtic Festival

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 06/02/2019 - 14:02
The 5-piece band Paddy’s Cure plays Irish classics, modern favorites and originals.

The Celtic band “Paddy’s Cure’ will bring its shenanigans from West Michigan  to perform at the Saline Celtic Festival, which is set for July 12 and 13 at Mill Pond Park. This will be the band’s first appearance at the festival.

“We’re all excited to be a part of Saline Celtic Fest this summer, and for the opportunity to share our stories, harmonies, and music,” says band member Eric Bredin, who plays mandolin, concertina, and harmonica.

“Paddy’s Cure expects a hand-clappin’, foot-stompin’ good time," he adds. "With a little luck, we hope to walk away with a few new stories that will live on to be told another day at another venue, thus adding to the lore that surrounds the Saline Celtic Festival!"

Created 9 years ago in advance of St. Patrick’s Day, this Grand Rapids band was originally a loose collaboration of five musicians with a handful of Irish tunes, and was a band without a name and without expectations. It has evolved into a seasoned five-piece ensemble with an eclectic mix of Irish classics, modern-day favorites, and originals, and has captivated crowds at pubs, festivals, and private events around Michigan with their engaging and energetic style and unique three-part harmonies.

Bredin is joined by bandleader Rob Leonard on vocals and guitar; Stan Dec on vocals, guitar and banjo (aka a "Stanjo"); Brian Hauenstein on bodhran; and Lindsay Bredin on vocals, cello, and ukulele.

This year’s festival music line-up also includes Crossbow, House of Hamill, Thunderwüde, Brother Crowe, Black Murray, Codgers, 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.

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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.