Saline Celtic Festival welcomes The Leprecons

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 07/08/2018 - 12:11
The Leprecons are making their first appearance at the Saline Celtic Festival.

The Leprecons from Grand Rapids, making their first appearance at the Saline Celtic Festival, will play at 1:45 p.m., Saturday, July 14, on the Red Dragon stage.


The band features J.D. Gonzales on vocals and guitar, Kirk Griffes on vocals, mandolin, whistle and bodhran, Derek Detman on background vocals, percussion and banjo, and Owen Sharpe on vocals and bass.


 “We’re ready for a ton of fun and a jug of punch,” Gonzales says.  “We’ve been a band for a little over a year and have had amazing people and opportunities come out of the woodwork. We’re a wee little 4-piece band that seriously has fun or funnily is serious about playing traditional Irish music. 


“Our trademark is having a rousingly good time with the audience who is ​​encouraged to sing along as best they can and with all their might. Singing the correct words is also encouraged but not strictly enforced since they are, after all, Irish, Scottish, and English folk songs. We bring craic*, laughs and pub songs for everyone’s enjoyment—and hope to see everyone we do and don’t know at festival!”


* Gaelic for fun!


Thursday, July 1: CrossBow to perform 7-9 p.m. at Summer Music Series, downtown Saline.

Friday, July 13: CrossBow and Brother Crowe to perform at Pub Night in Mill Pond Park that also features Ring of Steel; Limerick Contest; Mr. Pretty Legs competition; and workshops. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission $5, under 13 free.

Saturday, July 14: Opening ceremonies at Mill Pond Park 11 a.m.

Corktown Popes, Steel City Rovers, Brother Crowe, CrossBow, Finvarra’s Wren, Peat in the Creel, Roane, the Leprecons, Saline Fiddlers, and many more.

Jousting, historical reenactments, Highland dance, Millie the Mill Pond Monster, Wee Folks Island, the Kilted Magician, sheep herding, Highland Athletics, pipe bands, textile arts, merchant village, and a Craft Beer Festival

$15/adults; $10/ages 65 and up; $5/ages 13-17; free/ages 12 and under, and active military.

Advance tickets at and Saline City Hall: $10/ adults; group of 10/$80.

Free parking with shuttles.

No pets allowed.


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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.