Blackthorn returns to Farmington Hills for March concert

An annual tradition for 15 years, the Irish band Blackthorn will perform a lively concert of Celtic music on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre, 32332 W. 12 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.


Blackthorn’s recently released studio album, “One Bright March Morning,” features 12 tracks of traditional tunes, instrumentals, and contemporary songs from some of Ireland’s greatest songwriters. The CD will be available for purchase at the concert.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

“We wanted to stretch ourselves with totally new music, while at the same time include audience favorites,” said band member Gary McMullen.

The Detroit-based Celtic folk quintet has been singing and playing high-quality Irish music together for over 30 years. They were voted Best Folk Artist by readers of Detroit MetroTimes and earned a Shammy Award as Michigan’s favorite Irish band from the website Blackthorn has also played at The Ark and the Michigan Irish Music Festival.

Band members play unique instruments found in authentic Celtic music. Richard McMullen is on guitar, mandolin, mandola, and bodhran; Gary McMullen plays fivestring banjo and guitar; David Mosher is on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo; Dennis Green plays bass; and Fred Klein is on keyboards, accordion, flute, and pennywhistle. Witty introductions and anecdotes are also part of their repertoire.

Tickets are available at the Costick Center at 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills, online at, or by calling 248-473- 1848.

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