Paul and Derek Wikarski are doing triple duty at the Saline Celtic Festival, July 12 and 13 in Mill Pond Park. Not only are the Detroit brothers serving as entertainment directors, they will also perform as the duo Brother Crowe, and have reunited The Kreellers, Detroit’s own Celtic rockers, to headline the Friday festival at 9:30 p.m.
“After 6 long years, all five members of the Kreellers, including Derek, Paul, Bob, Steve, and Wes, are reuniting for two shows only—we’re very excited to have included the Saline Celtic Festival as part of our East/West reunion tour,” Paul says.
The Friday, July 12 line up will also feature Crossbow and The Codgers, as well as workshops, a limerick competition, ceili and contra dances, Mr. Pretty Legs in a Kilt competition, and a Ring of Steel Fire Show to round out the night.
At the all-day festival on Saturday, July 13, Paul and Derek will perform as Brother Crowe at 6 p.m. with Derek on lead vocals, harmonica, bodhran, mandolin, and Paul on guitar, banjo, fiddle, bodhran, vocals; and join in the grand finale of musicians at 10:15 p.m.
“We’re excited to return to the 2019 Saline Celtic Festival,” Paul says. “We’ve been performing at the festival the last 5 years, and it’s become one of our favorites in the midwest. Mixing guitar, banjo, harmonica, fiddle, and vocals, we bring our own brand of Celtic Americana that’s sure to keep everyone up on their feet!”
Festivalgoers will also enjoy a music line-up of Thunderwüde, Black Murray, House of Hamill, Paddy’s Cure, 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, music and dance workshops, textiles and weavers, Wee Folks Island, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, and much more.
The festival gets underway at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 12, with an evening of music and fun; gates open at 5 p.m., and the cost is $5 at the gate. The all-day festival follows on Saturday, July 13. Saturday tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; $10 for ages 65 and up; $5 ages 12-17; active military and under 12, free.
For complete information visit www.salineceltic.org.