Thunderwüde to play Celtic, Americana and bluegrass at the Saline Celtic Festival

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 07/06/2019 - 16:30
The Chelsea trio Thunderwüde will play at Thursday's Salty Summer Sounds and at Saturday's Saline Celtic Festival.

The Chelsea based trio Thunderwüde will perform on Thursday, July 11 at the free Salty Summer Sounds music series, 7 to 9 p.m. on Ann Arbor Street in downtown Saline.

They will then play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Saline Celtic Festival in Mill Pond Park, and join the grand finale of musicians at 10:15 p.m.

The trio, a regular musical fixture at The Chelsea Alehouse, became a band in the winter of 2014. They are fronted by singer/songwriter Jason Dennie, who draws from his 20+ years as a professional musician. Wesley Fritzemeier dazzles with his prowess on the mandolin and fiddle, and Tommy Reifel plays upright bass.

Thunderwüde members have shared the bill with many notable artists including Arlo Guthrie, Keb Mo, Sam Bush, David Wilcox, LeAnn Rimes, The Raconteurs, Sheryl Crowe, and Taj Mahal, to name a few. Additionally, they have played such folk venues as The Ark, The Bluebird Cafe, Canal Street Tavern, World Cafe Live, The Bijou Theater, Big Top Chautauqua, and The Birchmere.

“This is our first time doing the Celtic festival,” Reifel says. “We’re much more a bluegrass-flavored group than Celtic, but you can expect some similarities. We pride ourselves on high quality vocal harmonies and instrumental expression. The audience can expect to run the gauntlet from emotional lyric-centered Americana, to pulse-pounding high tempo bluegrass.”

Thunderwüde is joined in the musical line up by The Kreellers, Crossbow, Brother Crowe, The Codgers, Black Murray, House of Hamill, Paddy’s Cure, The Barley Saints, Nessa, Saline Fiddlers, and Chelsea House Orchestra.

Festivalgoers will also enjoy pipe bands, ancient athletics, jousting, dance troupes, Highland dance competition, music and dance workshops, textiles and weavers, Wee Folks Island, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, and much more.

Gates open at 5 p.m., on Friday, July 12, 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.

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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.