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Huntsville and the Surrounding Areas

Celtic Music in Huntsville

Bourbon & Shamrocks
Bourbon & Shamrocks is a band founded on fun music and good times. Most of the members have been jamming together for the last 10 to 15 years. Recently, things changed and they got a chance to go public at a small local pub. Since that day, B&S has been playing at least once a week for the fans and rehearsing once a week for themselves. They love the music they play, which includes genres like Sea Shanties, Irish Pride and Drinking songs, Irish Traditional, Blue Grass, Old Time, Folk, and Southern Rock. As their motto plainly states in Gaelic, “ Ceoil agus Craic aneas!”, you can count on “Music and Fun from the South!”

Black Market Haggis
Black Market Haggis is a trio from Huntsville, AL that plays music of the Celtic persuasion. The band includes Garrett Smith on fiddle and mandolin, Mike Clem on guitar, and Andy Kruspe on Bodhrán. 

David Boling
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Mohr4
Mohr4 Celtic Fiddlers welcomes you to enjoy our unique blend of Celtic, Classical, and other genres of music that make us who we are.

Maple Hill Band
The Maple Hill Band formed in 2003 when some former members of GoodFortune (a local Ceilidh group) and a few of their friends began meeting at Steve Whitmore's house for informal sessions on Sunday evenings. The musical focus quickly became Celtic and American Traditional music, bringing more members and a growing play list. The Maple Hill Band began public appearances in early 2004. The band has since had over 50 appearances at sites over North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. The spectrum of music now being performed includes wild, driving Celtic jigs or reels , contra dance music of the northeastern and northwestern U.S. and the wistful ballads of Ireland or Appalachia.

SlipJig
SlipJig is a band dedicated to the proposition that music should be as much fun as possible. Their music comes from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and other Celtic lands. It spans a range of styles from high-energy jigs and reels to ancient airs and ballads to raucous pub songs. SlipJig plays with (mostly) traditional instruments in a (mostly) traditional style and while they make an effort not to break tradition, they admit to bending it on occasion. SlipJig is based in the Huntsville, Alabama area.

The Sullivans
The Sullivans consist of Keith Sullivan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, synthesizer), Karla Sullivan (vocals, harp, Irish Flute, whistle) and Paul Landry (fiddle, concertina, vocals, and synthesizer). The group plays traditional Celtic Music with a modern flare as well as originals. The group is based out of North Alabama, but they have emerging fan support which finds them traveling throughout the Southeastern region.

The Whiskey River Kings
The Whiskey River Kings was formed by Frankie Gardner and Big Dan Halbrooks. These two men have always talked about incorporating their love for Irish folk music into the traditional folk and blues songs that they love to write and the stories they love to tell through their lyrics. They mix rock rhythms with folk, country, and blues songwriting.

 

Celtic Culture in Huntsville

Alabama Celtic Association
Umbrella organization for all of Alabama Celtic music, dance, and culture.

Ancient Order of Hibernians - Huntsville
The Hibernians are the most prominent Irish Catholic charitable and fraternal organization in the country with membership throughout the U.S. The American organization was founded in 1836 in New York and traces its roots to 16th century Ireland. Since its inception, the Hibernians have been at the forefront of promoting Irish Catholic culture and causes in the States. The group's motto and primary mission is to promote "Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity." Membership is available to males age 16 and over, who are Roman Catholic and Irish by descent or birth.

Fitness Arts Center Irish Dancers
They hold a monthly family ceili club and everything. Delightfully fun organization.

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
What started as Arthur's Day to celebrate the founder of Guinness is now a full-fledged Celtic celebration marking the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day. We offer event listings for Celtic music, dance, and culture for September 17th.

The Huntsville Irish Dancers, founded by DeeAnna and Jason Heym, offer classes in solo and ceili dancing for all ages. Whether you're young or young at heart, come join us!

Huntsville St Patrick's Day
This annual tradition is a celebration of Irish culture & heritage in a positive family atmosphere. We hope you enjoy learning about the history of this festive event and reminiscing through our photos of past parades.

Irish Society of North Alabama
The Irish Society of North Alabama is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization with the purpose to promote the Irish culture in Northern Alabama through education, dance, music, and the arts!

North Alabama Irish Association
The North Alabama Irish Association (NAIA) is dedicated to promoting Irish culture through music, dance and language. We are particularly interested in promoting and supporting local Irish music and dance peformers, bands and troups as well as bringing in groups from outside our area.

 

Irish Sessions in Huntsville

Thursday Traditional Session at Finnegan's Pub in Huntsville
Each Thursday night from 7:30 - 10:00, a trad session is held at Finnegan's Pub on Memorial Parkway.  It is open to traditional Celtic players of all levels, although experienced players will be more comfortable with the tempos.  The session has run continuously for over 400 weeks so far and, during this period, over 3500 Guinness beers have been consumed!  For information, contact Mike Lyon at slipjigpiper@comcast.net or at 256-564-7386. Check out their Session Etiquette.

 

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