The Ark welcomes Skipper’s Alley (Aug. 3), RFD Boys (Aug. 4)


Skipper’s Alley, a seven-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and featured on stages across three continents, will play The Ark at 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. Tickets are $15.

With a sound described as from unaccompanied song through to full

Chieftains frenzy (Folk World), the Dublin-based group arranges and interprets traditional Irish folk music on Uilleann pipes, harp, fiddle, whistles, bodhran, banjo and more, taking influence from such early bands as Planxty, De Dannan and The Bothy Band. They’ve toured in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Denmark, India, and Zambia, and in November 2014 they released their self-titled debut album to wide critical acclaim.

Skipper’s Alley comes to Michigan with a second album in the works.

The RFD Boys, who have been delighting southeastern Michigan audiences since 1969 with their fabulous musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed between-song humor, will play The Ark at 8 p.m. on Aug. 4. Tickets are $11.

With an appearance on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, with songs recorded by the likes of the Country Gentlemen, and with performances alongside bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the RFD Boys are a part of America’s bluegrass tradition.

One of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, they’re very much a local tradition, too. If you’re new to the area, come and check ’em out – you’ll find a real slice of musical Ann Arbor, and probably make some new friends.


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