SLC presents Atlantic Wave band on March 19

Posted On March 08, 2017

Atlantic Wave Photo.jpg

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Back by popular demand — and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend — Atlantic Wave will perform as part of the Silver Lake College Artist Music Series.

The Milwaukee band, known for its traditional Celtic music, will give a concert at 3 p.m. on March 19 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

In addition to the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, Atlantic Wave plays a style from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, derived from Scottish fiddling music brought there by Scottish settlers.


The band’s repertoire falls into two categories: “tunes” and “songs.” Tunes are played and songs are sung. There are different kinds of Irish and Scottish tunes, with the most common being jigs and reels, and most of them originally meant for dancing. Other types include hornpipes, polkas, marches and slow airs. Within jigs and reels there are additional types, such as slip jigs and strathspeys, a distinctly Scottish type of reel.

Songs come from both ancient traditions and contemporary songwriting. Sometimes modern singers will add to old songs or modify them in some way, updating the piece to suit their own tastes.

Atlantic Wave’s performances are typically a mix of well-rehearsed, arranged pieces with completely improvised arrangements of tunes or unexpected songs.

Performers include Kaitlin Hahn on fiddle, accordion and piano; Barry Houlehen on guitar, lead vocals and bass; John Karr on bouzouki, bodhran, percussion and vocals; Ed Paloucek on fiddle and hurdy gurdy; and James Reilly on flute, whistle and vocals.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (ages 55 and older), $5 for students (ages 5-18) and free for children 4 and younger. For ticket information, please visit the box office in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, call 920-686-6274 or visit sl.edu/tickets.