Coming soon to The Ark: The Tartan Terrors (Saturday), Talisk (Tuesday), Karan Casey (Wednesday)

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Not a band but a Celtic extravaganza
The Tartan Terrors are not a band but, in the words of the organizers, “North America’s premiere Celtic event, featuring the best in music, comedy and dance.” Amazed by the blistering chops of a two-time world champion bagpiper, the driving tones of drums from around the world, and a guitar played unlike any you’ve ever heard, standing-room-only audiences come to understand why Dig This magazine declares the Terrors “one act to keep an eye on!” Combine all the music with championship-caliber Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers, and this Celtic group goes beyond the ordinary. Members of The Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents; in some of the most prestigious festivals, Highland Games, and theaters in North America, for a U.S. president and Britain’s Queen, and on Good Morning America. Experience the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat hails them as “the heirs apparent to the mayhem”!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Folk band of the year!—Scots Trad Music Awards

Barely four years since their formation, Talisk has already stacked up several major awards for their pyrotechnic yet artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year 2017 at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Mohsen Amini’s concertina, Hayley Keenan’s fiddle and Graeme Armstrong’s guitar meld seamlessly together to produce a unique force that has taken them to many corners of Europe, throughout the UK on their own headline tours, to Canada, Australia and – from 2018 – the United States. World-leading festival appearances include the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Celtic Connections and Brittany’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient – whilst the trio’s captivating signature has also been recognised by the wider industry, through official showcase selections at both WOMEX 17 and Folk Alliance International 2018.

While their touring history may far bely their years, so to does their unfailing energy and stage presence. With a second album in the pipeline, alongside heavy touring, theirs remains a star firmly on the ascent.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $20
“One of the true glories in Irish music today”—Wall Street Journal
Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish folk music. Since embarking on her solo career after a stint as lead vocalist of the legendary band Solas, she has released six solo albums, a duo album, and a children’s album and has appeared on more than 50 albums in total. She has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing solo, with her own band and with many other artists, often from outside the realm of Irish music. Her adventurous spirit results from the varied influences–classical music, jazz, and American pop–that Casey has made her own since growing up amid Irish traditional music in Ballyduff Lower, County Waterford. Karan Casey, says the Associated Press, has “a voice so beautiful, it’s almost impossible to avoid falling under her spell.” She comes to Michigan with a recent album, “Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale.”