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Finvarra’s Wren is one of North America’s most exciting Irish quartets. “Making the kind of music you’d only hear on the west coast of Ireland,” this Michigan based band has an intense dedication to their instruments and to Irish music.
The band is led by Detroit Irish music scene stalwarts Jim Perkins and Cheryl Burns. Jim and Cheryl’s unique vocal blend bring an irresistible approach to the songs placed against rich musical arrangements that include Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran and guitar as well as the more traditional fiddle, whistles and box.
As a family based group, Finvarra’s Wren is capable of playing with a tightness and effortlessness that often evades other ensembles. This powerful band plays invigorating Irish, Scottish and Celtic-American folk music. Traditional and contemporary songs are punctuated with wonderfully inventive arrangements of jigs, reels and hornpipes, hotly fueled by Alison on fiddle and whistles and Asher on buttoned accordion and concertina.
The Brookside Inn hosts an afterglow immediately after the concert.
Benzonia is about 40 minutes southwest of Traverse City on US-31.