Battle Creek Symphony 5 Celtic Crossroads

Symphony 5: Celtic Crossroads

Symphony 5: Celtic Crossroads
Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7:30 pm
W.K. Kellogg Auditorium
Greater Midwest Pipe Band
Simone Rachel Irish, vocals

Discover your Celtic roots as we share the stage with renowned Irish piper Cillian Vallely with fiddler David Doocey, guitarist Alan Murray and vocalist Simone Rachel Irish. But first, the Greater Midwest Pipe Band will welcome you with Scottish pipes and drums.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting melodies and spirited rhythms of the Celtic lands at our upcoming concert event! Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the vibrant musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and beyond.

  • We will have two types of "pipes" in the concert, the uilleann pipes and the highland pipes.
  • Included in the program will also be a Celtic fiddler, guitarist, singer, and dancer.
  • The Greater Midwest Pipe Band is the 2018 US Open Champion.
Sym 5 Guest Artist Cillian

Meet the ArtistS


This new trio act features a unique collaboration between 3 of the best-known names in traditional Irish music - Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes, David Doocey from County Mayo on fiddle, and Alan Murray on guitar and vocals.

Armagh native Cillian Vallely has established his name over the last decade through his playing with award-winning, trad Irish supergroup Lunasa. Influenced by the rhythmic, flowing style of Paddy Keenan and Johnny Doran, Vallely’s mastery of chanter, drones and regulators has earned a reputation as one of the top players in the tradition.  He has performed with acts as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Riverdance, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter & Tim O Brien and performed at venues like The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Paris Bercy and The Royal Albert Hall in London. He has also recorded on over 70 albums including seven with Lunasa, his acclaimed solo debut “The Raven’s Rock”, “Callan Bridge” with his brother Niall, “On Common Ground” with Kevin Crawford.

Vallely ticks all the boxes when it comes to the checklist of traits needed to be considered a 21st century traditional music A-lister […] The Armagh man is a superb musician who not only has great technique and style but who has a deep understanding of the roots and emotions of the music he plays.” – Irish News

David Doocey

David Doocey from County Mayo is at the forefront of a younger generation of Irish musicians. He has won several awards for his outstanding fiddle playing including the All-Ireland Fleadh, the first ever World Fleadh fiddle championship in 2005 and the much-coveted Feile Oriel trophy.  He has toured throughout Asia, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand, performing on stage with Grada, Michael McGoldrick, Tim O’Brien, Martin Hayes, Dougie MacLean, Dermot Byrne and Sharon Shannon, and as regular guest with the Dave Munnelly Band and Sean & Dolores Keane. Late 2013 saw the release of David’s critically acclaimed first solo album “Changing Time”, described as

A stunning debut album…” The Irish Music Magazine,“ . . . an exemplary debut recording . . . ” The Living Tradition.

Alan Murray

Guitarist, bouzouki player and singer Alan Murray hails from Glasgow, Scotland, where he grew up playing the whistle and later guitar. Eventually moving to United States, he has established himself as an in-demand performer and teacher on the Irish music scene. He has recorded and performed around the world with many of the finest traditional musicians and acts today, including Lunasa, Eileen Ivers, Scotland’s Battlefield Band, and FourWinds.

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