Tartan?Terrors present an evening of Celtic music

CALUMET – If you’re a fan of Celtic music with the energy of rock and roll, traditional folklore, dance and a bit of comedy thrown in (and who isn’t?) the Calumet Theatre will be presenting Tartan Terrors at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 in order to satiate everyone’s desire for unique, authentic Celtic music.

According to co-founder Ellen Wilkes Irmisch, the band was formed 17 years ago when she and her brother Ian Wilkes Irmisch were performing at the Ontario Renaissance Faire.

“My brother and I were hired to be part of the performance team,” Irmisch said.

They brought up two extra dancers with them and Tartan Terrors was formed.

While Irmisch said the band mixes Celtic music and dance, they also bring comedy to their act.

“The idea of comedy and laughter has been around since the beginning,” she said. “It’s the idea of coming together, sharing music and enjoying each other’s company.

But the main thing the band wants is for people to come out and have a great time and enjoy some music.

“We want to seem them enjoy our amazing singer-songwriter Phill Hood and fiddler and bagpiper Daniel Pentecost.

But most of all, the band wants people to have fun.

“First and foremost, have fun,” Irmisch said. “Have a good time and then it’s a point of departure to learn more about the music and the culture.”

Also in the band is bass guitar player Jake Seanz, John McCann on drums and Ian Wilkes Irmisch plays the Bodhran, which is a traditional Celtic frame drum.

The inspiration for their music comes from many different places.

“You have artists that work together, so people are bringing different ideas to the table all the time,” Irmisch said. “It could be something self-written, something might be from childhood and we want to modernize it.”

But the material the songs cover can have a wider range of topics.

“Our fiddler and guitarist started jamming once in Ohio and used a Johnny Cash tune,” she said. “We have a breast cancer themed song – ‘When Pink is Just a Color Again,'” she said.

Tartan Terrors has played on four continents, but this will be only their second time playing in Calumet.

“It was wonderful,” Irmisch said of the band’s first time playing in Calumet. “It’s a beautiful theater. It’s just a stunning place. I love the fact that John Philip Sousa played there. It’s a lovely experience. The people were awesome.”

Tickets for the show are $20. For ticket information call 337-2610.