SCREAMING ORPHANS                          Direct from Ireland


Bringing Audiences to their Feet across the Country                                   and across the ocean,                                                                           The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the                                 good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in                 County Donegal, Ireland.                                                                     There is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes                   especially in the Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking areas which have produced the likes of Clannad, Enya and Mairead, Micheal                                  and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill.                                                                           Their home was no exception. From the time they were young,       they’ve been singing and playing traditional Irish music but when they hit their teenage years they knew it was time to start                                   their own pop rock band.                                                                       And we are all PRETTY HAPPY about that Decision.                                The Great Lakes Gathering                                                                WELCOME the SCREAMING ORPHANS to our Stage

Joan Diver – drums, vocals

 Angela Diver – bass, violin, vocals

 Gráinne Diver – guitar, vocals

 Marie Thérèse Diver – keys, accordion, vocals

find them at


                                   SOLTRE’                                                                                 best of Irish American Roots                                                                                                                                           



Linguists have debated the true meaning of Soltre for years.  Some say it refers to a philosophy of peace and love.  Others say it is a word rooted from a Gaeilge word for laundry soap.  To us, Soltre means 5 guys with a wide variety of musical background and talent that have come together to make music they love.  We hope you love it too.

Linguists have debated the true meaning of Soltre for years.  Some say it refers to a philosophy of peace and love.  Others say it is a word rooted from a Gaeilge word for laundry soap.  To us, Soltre means 5 guys with a wide variety of musical background and talent that have come together to make music they love.  We hope you love it too.


Finvarra’s Wren 


 Detroit MI

Finvarra’s Wren is one of North America’s most exciting Irish quartets. “Making the kind of music you’d only hear on the west coast of Ireland”,  this Detroit, Michigan based band has an intense dedication to their instruments and to Irish music. As a family based group, Finvarra’s Wren is capable of playing with a tightness and effortlessness that often evades other ensembles. Their performances have been described as “a swirl of musical tradition and performance energy”. Finvarra’s Wren has performed at many of North America’s top music festivals and venues including the Austin Texas Celtic Festival, Dayton Ohio Celtic Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Goderich Ontario Celtic Festival, Saline MI Celtic Fest, Baltimore Maryland Irish Fest, Celtic Fest Mississippi and Ann Arbor’s prestigious Ark where they recently recorded their live album, “Dancing Mad in the Midnight Air”.

The band is led by Detroit Irish music scene stalwarts Jim Perkins and Cheryl Burns, well known for their sensitive vocals and the inventive musical weaving of Jim’s guitar and Cheryl’s mountain dulcimer and bodhran. Powerhouse brother-sister duo Asher (button accordion and concertina) and Alison Perkins (vocals and fiddle) are world renowned for their award winning playing. Each member of the family has enjoyed successful careers as musical performers, teachers and recording artists.  We are Lucky to have them here at the Gathering and if its your first time around with the Wren then LUCKY you… you’re in for a Treat!


Paddy’s Cure

Paddys Cure

Western MI


It was January 2010… With pint in hand, St. Patrick’s Day looming, and a local pub owner’s ear, Paddy’s Cure was conceived. Originally a loose collaboration of five West Michigan musicians with unique talents, a passion for performance, and a handful of Irish tunes, Paddy’s Cure assembled as a band without a name and without expectations. The crowd’s reaction that St. Patrick’s Day was hypnotic. Now a seasoned five-piece with a complete repertoire of Irish classics, modern day favorites, and a few original tunes, Paddy’s Cure has endeared themselves to folks at some of the coolest pubs, festivals, and private events around West Michigan.

Rob Leonard: Vocals, Guitar

Brian Hauenstein: Bodhran

Stan Dec: Banjo, Vocals

Lindsay Bredin: Cello, Vocals, Ukulele

Eric Bredin: Mandolin, Concertina, Harmonica, Random Hollering

FIND them at 


Mick Gavin & Crossroads Ceili


Performance Underwriters:  

The White Crow Conservatory of Music Saginaw Michigan

Irish Fiddle Master from County Clare and 2003 inductee into the Detroit Irish music Hall of Fame, Mick Gavin, comes to us not just as a blessing to the Music lineup of the Gathering but as the mentor we all tip our Hats to. 
Mick is known across the country for his notorious ability on the Irish Fiddle and an insatiable desire to Play “just one more tune” no matter how late in the evening it is, He is a revered teacher and mentor to many in this industry into the Tradition of Irish Music, not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. 
His students often go on to win All Ireland and he surrounds himself on Stage with not just the finest Irish musicians of the Day but also his very youngest students. The Crossroads Ceili is the bringing of many together on different formations from year to year.. always changing and ALWAYS FABULOUS. We are Very Pleased he will be on our stage this year!


                                Peat in the Creel    



“Peat in the Creel draws from Irish traditional music roots, at times nourished by the heritage of Scotland and broader world influences, to bring forth a range of energetic dance tunes, spirited folk songs, and peaceful melodies. The group’s namesake, a phrase inspired by a popular Scottish song lyric which literally wishes a basket laden with peat for fuel, metaphorically toasts to a bountiful future. Founded in 2011, the band is cut from the turf of West Michigan and enjoys performing throughout the region. Peat in the Creel features Alison Myers on flute, whistle, and vocals; Toby Bresnahan on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals; and Mike Mulder on bodhrán.”



Water Street Ceilidh Band    

Steinhaus session

               OPENING our STAGE SETS

EVERY Tuesday in Bay City Michigan a Gathering occurs of some of the most wonderful Musicians we know!  Professionals mixed in with Novice Players,  Lovers of Irish Celtic and Maritime music they are an every changing mix of Players but a constant in enthusiastic Performance.  WE are Thrilled to have many of them Join us here at the Gathering and Start off the 2016 Stage Sets on Saturday with our HOME TOWN TEAM!


Dennis Lowe / Opening Piper

Dennis Lowe


Dennis has been playing Scottish Highland bagpipes since he was 15,
and is committed to the continuation of this great musical tradition.
He has served as the pipe major of several pipe bands over the years including, most recently Windsor Police and the Flint Scottish Pipe Band.
Dennis has led his bands to many honors including
the U.S. (grade 4 and 5), North American, Ontario SE, Canadien and Atlantic Opens.
He teaches at The White Crow Conservatory of Music and out of his home.
He is also available to play at funerals, weddings, and celebrations of any kind.




                        Catherine Koehler  

Story and Song for the Young Listener

  Catherine-Koehle    Cleveland MS 

Catherine Koehler has been singing and performing for schools and groups for over 30 years.  The songs she grew up with as well as the stories she has adapted from contemporary and historical sources have delighted children of all ages throughout the southeast.  She was awarded the Kathleen O’Connell Memorial Bardic Award in 2014.



Devin Taylor Blankenship


Devin Taylor Flanigan Blankenship

Dolan, Indiana

THIRD YEAR RETURNING to the Great Lakes Gathering Devin will once again be  leading Workshops in Irish Language for the Novice Speaker!

a Perennial Favorite for a Reason..  hes Great!

  • Studied at NUI GALWAY
  • Studied Educational Administration and Supervision at Ball State University
  • Studied Gaeilge at  Ollscoil  na hEireann, Gaillimh
  • Studied Speech Communication/Theater at Indiana University


the EXTRA LARGE Leprechaun

LiamtheextraLargeLeprechaun 2013 -A

Liam Lynch will be Emceeing our stage all Day All NIGHT!

Yes.. Liam should look familiar to you as he is seen at every major Irish Festival in the Midwest!  From Milwaukee to Dublin, from Muskegon to Detroit, Liam spreads his Irish Charm everywhere he goes.  He will be on Grounds for photos with his favorite Irish Fans and will be emceeing our stage for the Duration!   Hes bringing the Green With him so be certain to plan on having a photo taken with the Grandest of them all!