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Celtic band comes to Irish Bred pub
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When: 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Irish Bred Pub, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: 770-532-0700



Jigs and reels, along with traditional Celtic dress and Irish dancers, is what Mickle-A-do has set for Irish Bred Pub this weekend.

The traditional Celtic band, based in Atlanta, performs mixtures of hard-hitting jigs and Celtic songs to moving ballads and instrumentals, said band member Sarah Petermann.

"We play hard and have fun is what we say," said Petermann. "We're going to have six people in the band. We've got a fiddle, viola, guitars, bass and I play hand drum and percussion, and everybody pretty much sings. We're going to have some Irish dancers, so it's going to be a big party.

"What we do is try to take traditional Celtic music and kick it up a notch. We put more of a rock ‘n' roll feel to it. Very few songs are slow — almost everything is fast paced."

Members of Mickle-A-do include Petermann, who plays the djembe drum and hand percussion, bassist Michael Robbins, fiddler Rita Atkinson, guitarist and flutist Mike Richardson, Julie Sweeney on viola and Jeff Petermann on guitar.

Kevin Gunter, general manager at Irish Bred Pub at the Lakeshore Mall said he booked Mickle-A-do because some of his guests had been requesting the Celtic band.

"People have been asking about them ... and we are looking for at least once a month to have a traditional Celtic, Gaelic band," he said. "I've heard really good things about them."

Mickle-A-do has recorded three albums since they came together about 15 years ago : "Live on St. Patrick's Day at Fado's Irish Pub," "Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts" and "1061."

They have played all over the South, but more local venues include Eddie's Attic, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, the North Georgia Celtic Festival, among many others.

"It's rousing, happy music and makes you want to clap your hands and stomp your feet and sing along," said Petermann.