Crossbow + Brother Crowe = super group ‘CrossCrowe’ at Saline Celtic Festival

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 07/08/2019 - 17:27
Crossbow, a Celtic band with its roots in Chelsea House Orchestra, will play Friday and Saturday at the Saline Celtic Festival. Photo courtesy of Crossbow.

The Celtic band CrossBow is making its third appearance at the Saline Celtic Festival, taking place this coming Friday and Saturday at Mill Pond Park.


“We’re very excited to return,” says fiddler Steve Lesko, also Crossbow’s co-founder and manager. “The founding members grew up in the area and love having the chance to perform in their ‘backyard’ festival.”


Crossbow will play at 8 p.m. Friday, and at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, as well as in the 10:15 p.m. grand finale of musical talent.


“This year will be a little different, as guitar and penny whistle players Clare and Adam McMillan just had their first child! Thankfully, our good friends from Brothers Crowe will be helping fill in for the new parents, thus forming the super-group, CrossCrowe,” Lesko says. “We joined forces last year at the end of the night and had such a blast, we knew we had to bring it back. We can’t wait to see our Washtenaw Celts again!”


After getting its start in a casual jam session at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Crossbow has become a popular favorite at Celtic festivals across the Midwest,  Co-founding fiddlers Steve Lesko and Carly Meloche met in their high school Celtic band, the Chelsea House Orchestra. This extracurricular group also produced fiddlers Kiana Weber (formerly of Gaelic Storm) and Diana Ladio (of The Moxie Strings and The Elders), among many other talented musicians.


CrossBow has spent the last six years in the Michigan Celtic scene and venturing to the rest of the Midwestern states and broader music festivals. Some highlight appearances include the Michigan Irish Music Festival; La Crosse Irish Fest in Wisconsin; Ford Arts, Beats and Eats; and the Detroit Highland Games.


Crossbow is joined in the musical line up by The Kreellers, Thunderwüde, 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.