Celtic group playing return engagement in Greenville

Area Celtic band Peat in the Creel, featuring, from left, Mike Mulder, Alison Myers, Bill Nieusma and Toby Bresnahan, appears at a free concert June 1 at Robbins Book List in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

GREENVILLE — When it comes to experiencing the better things in life, once is never enough. That’s particularly true when it comes to the Celtic-tinged music of Peat in the Creel, which will again be heard from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 1 at Robbins Book List in Greenville.

The band, whose members hail from West Michigan, appears regularly at diverse venues around the state and has performed previously at Robbins. The upcoming Robbins appearance marks the second time in under a year that the band has played there.

According to Robbins manager Kevin Powell, the group never fails to bring in an appreciative audience.

“If you like traditional Celtic and World music, you’ll have to go see this West Michigan treasure,” Powell said. “They played at the bookstore in Greenville … and we had a great turnout.”

The band’s “street cred” is impressive with each of its four members bringing long years of experience as multi-instrumentalists to the table.

Alison Myers, who performs on flutes, whistles, bodhran, percussion and vocals, is a 1999 graduate of Greenville High School who went on to Montcalm Community College’s music program and eventually became interested in Renaissance and other folk music styles. In addition to her contributions to Peat in the Creel, Myers has played with the Danish Festival Band, the J3 Country band from Ionia, and is a founding member of Celtic band KinFyre.

Fiddle and mandolin player Bill Nieusma says his interest in music started with violin when he was 11 years old. It was while attending Western Michigan University that he fell in love with folk music and taught himself to play five-string banjo and guitar. Over the years he has shared the stage with the Williams Family Bluegrass Band, The Blue Water Ramblers and numerous other groups in California, Hawaii and even Ireland.

Bodhran player Mike Mulder is a relative newcomer to performing, but has been a mover and shaker on the West Michigan music scene for many years. He has served as host and presenter for bands from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and England, and has been a huge promoter of local musical talents. Since learning to play the Bodhran, Mulder has played several live shows and recorded with many area bands.

Finally, Toby Bresnahan rounds out the group on bouzouki, guitars, mandolin and vocals. In addition to his work with Peat in the Creel, Bresnahan owns Cornucopia Multi Media Studios in Trufant and writes and records original soundtrack music for film, video and games.

The band’s recent CD/DVD, “The Barn Session,” is available at Robbins Book List.

“We’re so glad to get these local musicians back in Greenville,” Powell said. “This is a free show, but you’ll want to bring a bit ‘o green and buy a CD or two.”

Some seating will be available for those who need it, but for the most part the show will be standing room only.

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