Hear the Hounds of Finn
Celtic, Americana, bluegrass and folk sprinkled with traditional Irish and Scottish tunes describes the music of the Hounds of Finn.
The Twin Cities-based group, highly developed in rock and pop, bridges the gap between Celtic folk music and modern pop rock, promoters said.
Hear the group play 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21 at Widespot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm.
Together since 2007, members have produced two albums and a live performance DVD. A new full-length record was released this year.
"As an ensemble, we are driven to advance to the next professional level. For us, that means performing more concerts and festivals," says the band.
"We see ourselves reaching out to audiences across genres, expanding minds, and generating excitement about the roots of the music that inspires us."
The Equinox activities are planned at the Stockholm Park before and after the concert. Wine, craft beer, soda, and water are available at the cash bar located inside the theater.
Meet the band ...
Leslie Rich on vocals, guitar, bouzouki. Rich is a singer/songwriter originally from Belfast, Ireland, where he released two albums on Immortal Recordings "Geeklove" and "The Written Lie."
In 2004 he became a permanent resident of Minneapolis, where he met Pete McCauley and began a creative partnership.
The primary songwriter for the Hounds, Rich also composes material for side projects when he finds the time.
Michelle MacGregor on fiddle. MacGregor plays music steeped in Scottish and Irish traditions. After moving to the state from Colorado, she has toured and performed under various guises, from Contra and Ceilidh dance bands to Celtic pirate punk rock. Having recorded with WOAD (2000) and the Potcheen Folk Band (2004), she regularly contributes original compositions to the Hounds repertoire.
Pete McCauley on vocals, mandolin and guitar. McCauley has played in numerous bands over the years. A founding member and the original guitarist for the rock trio Eddie Mac, he spent a few years traveling the country, earned a contract with SPV Records in Germany, and released two albums with the independent label Mud Hut Records. Pete also writes material for the Hounds.
David Draeger on bodhran and percussion. Draeger comes to the Hounds by way of the renowned Irish Brigade. He is proficient at the spoons, a traditional percussion.
If you go ...
Who: The Hounds of Finn
When: 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21
Where: Widespot Performing Arts and Community Center, second story of N2030 Spring St., Stockholm
Cost: $14, $8 for ages 12 and under
More info: 715-307-8941 or www.widespotperformingarts.org