The March 10 edition of the radio show also featured new music from The Accidentals, Alex Mendenall, The Go Rounds, Stef Chura, Michigander and Frontier Ruckus. Check out the podcast, video.
As West Michigan guitarist and singer Mick Lane puts it, the week surrounding St. Patrick’s Day for a Celtic band is “a blessing and a curse.”
With demand for Irish music peaking in mid-March, Lane’s Conklin Ceili Band is playing a dozen gigs in three days, with a few other performances scattered through the week.
“It’s just rough on you, but on the other hand, it’s people looking back: It’s where you came from and that kind of gives you the road ahead,” he said. “And that’s what holding onto these traditions means.”
The band — which performs twice at Quinn & Tuite’s Irish Pub in Grand Rapids on Saturday following the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade — brought those traditions to Studio X at WYCE for this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, performing a couple of tunes on the air and chatting about its plans for 2017, which includes recording a new studio album.
Listen to the full podcast here, with a video from their performance below.
PODCAST: Local Spins on WYCE with Conklin Ceili Band
The hectic March schedule for the Conklin Ceili Band – Lane, mandolinist Tom Verlin, fiddler Natalie Beversluis, bassist Jon Koeze and banjoist Mike Scott – also includes the group’s first-ever appearance at SpeakEZ Lounge at 8 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Local Spins Wednesdays series, followed by several performances Friday on St. Patrick’s Day, including a return to Quinn & Tuite’s. The band also plays in Hart and Wayland on March 18.
In addition, Mick Lane will perform at The Intersection on March 19 in a star-studded benefit concert for singer-songwriter Ralston Bowles and his wife, Cindy. Get details for that online here.
Episode No. 130 of Local Spins on WYCE also featured the debut of new tracks by Traverse City’s The Accidentals (from the band’s upcoming new album on the Sony Masterworks label), Lansing’s Alex Mendenall, Grand Rapids’ The Suburbans and Justin Avdek & The Underground Circus, as well as new music recorded at Grand Rapids’ Stone House Recording for the upcoming South by Southwest music conference in Austin by The Go Rounds, Flint Eastwood, Stef Chura and Michigander. Read more about that in this Local Spins feature story.
VIDEO: Conklin Ceili Band for Local Spins on WYCE
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