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tions inherent in its own Maritime Canadian identity. Dan MacDonald plays fiddle and bodhran, Brian Pickell joins him on guitar, vocals and banjo, and Ross Griffiths fills out the musical lineup on pipes and whistles. Michael Patrick Farrell is the dance director, and is a master of Irish step, ceili and set dancing.

Bruach www.myspace.com/ bruachmusic Bruach is a trio of talented young musicians who met at the University of Limerick in Ireland while pursuing degrees in Irish traditional music performance. They play the flawless melodies of traditional Celtic compositions while pulling audiences to the edge with their pulsing, energetic original compositions and arrangements.

Beth Patterson www.littlebluemen.com/ beth.asp Multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is a player of the eight- and 10-stringed Irish bouzoukis. Her performances are full of drive, savage energy and passion, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles.

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Michael Hough www.mustardsretreat.com Michael Hough returns once again to host The Red Dragon Stage. After more than three decades performing as half of the duo Mustard’s Retreat, Hough is a seasoned veteran of the festival scene Michael

Renee Ginell www.danceforfun.biz/Page6. html No stranger to the Saline Celtic Festival, Renee Ginell has led performances by her students from the Dancin’ Feet School of Gaelic Culture & Dance, joined in with The Commonwealth Dance Collective, and most recently graced our stages with her trio, Blue Caledonia. This year, Ginell is going to be featured in the Fiber Arts Tent, where she will sing centuries old “waulking” songs to the rhythms of spinners and weavers as they “waulk” their newly made fabrics.

Road Kilt These talented performers return to the Festival with their own unique brand of Celtic music.

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Leim Irish Dance www.umich.edu/~umleim The University of Michigan’s first Irish dance group was started in the winter of 2000 by a group of five students. In November 2000 they put on their first show with eight dancers, four dance numbers and a budding local Celtic band. The group has since progressed to a fullfledged performance group.

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Bryan Kelso Crow www.celticconnectionsradio. org Bryan Kelso Crow, host of NPR’s Celtic Connections radio show, is an associate professor of speech communication at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a native of Tennessee, with Scotch-Irish roots. Crow has been playing the traditional wood flute since the mid-1980s. He performs in Illinois and Missouri with The Dorians, a three-member Celtic band.

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Léim Irish Dance now performs at various multicultural events around campus, Celtic Festivals across the state and other events in and around the Ann Arbor area.

Fiddlers ReStrung www.fiddlersrestrung.com Fiddlers ReStrung consists of students at Saline High School. A 17-piece string ensemble featured at more than 80 performances annually, Fiddlers ReStrung displays a diverse arrangement of styles. Bluegrass, Celtic and folk music are all part of their show, embellished with traditional step-dancing.

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