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Blackthorn Performance – AuSable Artisan Village welcomes well-known Celtic group, Blackthorn, to the gallery stage on Sunday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Blackthorn’s rich tapestry of music includes ancient airs, traditional and contemporary Irish songs and lively jigs and reels. Each of the five members plays multiple instruments that complement the lead vocalist and Belfast native, Richard McMullan, and the band’s tight blend of four-part harmony.
Based in Detroit, Blackthorn has been performing throughout the Great Lakes region since 1984. The group has released seven CDs and has performed in pubs, festivals and concerts with guest musicians, including members of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Motor City Brass Band. In 2010, the quintet was voted “Best Folk Band/Artist” by the readers of the Detroit Metro Times, and in 2018, Blackthorn was inducted into the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame.
Ticket price for the Blackthorn performance is $30, with discounted rates available for Artisan Village members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.artisanvillage.org.
“This is the first of four ticketed concerts to be hosted at the AAV in 2020. Additional concerts are being booked for May, September and November,” said Terry Dickinson, AAV director. “Artisan Village seeks to expand the art and cultural experience in the Grayling region. The ticketed events will allow us to reach beyond our regional artists and bring a variety of acts from their national and world tours.”
About the venue: The AuSable Artisan Village art center was established in 2010. The once damaged building on Michigan Ave. in downtown Grayling had been sitting vacant for 10 years. Leasing the building, and eventually purchasing the building in 2015, marked a major development in the revitalization of downtown Grayling.
Artisan Village is a non-profit co-op, and its operations & initiatives are currently 100% volunteer-run.