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Celtic Rockers-'Enter The Haggis' Make Second Appearance at State Theatre

State Theatre Host Celtic Rockers-'Enter The Haggis'

Another Successful 'Friends of Celtic Culture' Event

January 22, 2012       Leave a Comment
By: Diane Szczepanski

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Bay City's 'Friends of Celtic Culture' provided another stellar night of entertainment for Celtic music fans, on Saturday, January 21, 2011 at the beautiful State Theatre.

Mike Compau, Chair of the Entertainment Committee for the group, was pleased with the event's turn-out which was, "above average" according to him.

Entertaining the appreciative crowd.

He said, "We think this is very good attendance", referring to the nearly full house. He went on to say, "Especially considering it's the middle of January and it's so cold."

'Enter The Haggis' brought their lively, engaging music to Bay City and did not disappoint the expectant crowd. Their nearly 2 1/2 hour set was interrupted only by a 20 minute break to rehydrate.

'Haggis', a band originally from Canada, is a diverse band of musicians playing a multitude of instruments and crossing from traditional Irish tunes to more contemporary Celtic rock music.

Brian Buchanan, from the band, remarked on the State Theatre, "It's beautiful here and we're treated so well." About this being a return visit to Bay City, he added, " When people come out like this to see you, you'll come back!"

The bands next stop is Tampa, FL for approximately 10 days and then they will be on to Ireland in April.

"Haggis-heads" as they refer to themselves were abundant in the crowd and are loyal group of fans who follow the band. Some folks came as far away as Detroit to this event.

To check out more of the bands music and their upcoming tour dates, go to their website:

The Friends of Celtic Culture who host all their entertainment events at the State Theatre, have a real treat coming up on March 3rd, when they bring in 'Teada and the Atlantic Steps', along with world renown Seamus Begley.

'Teada', which means "strings" are leaders in international world music, while 'Atlantic Steps' delight with high energy step-dancing. Musically acclaimed Seamus Begley, will bring his popular story-telling songs and accordion playing. A leader on the Irish music scene, Seamus is sure to delight.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

If you weren't tapping your toes, you were dancing!

The band on break in the dressing room, (From L to R) Craig Downie, Mark Abraham, Trevor Lewington, and Brian Buchanan (Missing from this photo, Percussionist, Bruce McCarthy)

Drummer, Bruce McCarthy, gives a thumbs up to Bay City.

Josh Miller (l) and Mike Rohde (r)
"We saw them the last time they were here and it was a good time then too!"

(From L to R) Daniel Rogers, Zach Moczarski and Heather Rogers

Mariah having a fun night with grand-niece, Sweden, age 6.

Some came as far away as Detroit and Niles, MI, such as this group,
(From L to R), Rebecca, Silas, Brad and Annika. They remarked, "We love seeing them!"

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Diane Szczepanski

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