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NEWS   Atlantic Wave survived the summer festival season, and now half the band's up at Celtic Colours in Nova Scotia. When they get back, it's back to the pubs, and time to start working on the third Atlantic Wave album!
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Atlantic Wave: traditional music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton.
Band History:
Atlantic Wave takes their name from an Irish reel, and from the fact that they play Celtic music from countries touched by the Atlantic Ocean, with a special emphasis on the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton (in Nova Scotia, Canada).

Their sound is based on a duo of fiddlers, Kaitlin Hahn and Ed Paloucek, who are accompanied on guitar by Barry Houlehen and on bouzouki (similar to a mandolin) and bodhran (the Irish drum) by John Karr.

In addition, Barry sings a variety of songs, both traditional and from the canon of contemporary Celtic folksongs.

Atlantic Wave's live performances feature a mix of high-energy jigs, reels, strathspeys, and slip jigs, with some slow airs, classical selections, and other World music influences thrown in. The songs Barry sings range from uptempo Scottish and Irish favorites to slow ballads, ranging in age from hundreds of years old to very recent.

Based in Milwaukee, Atlantic Wave was born in November of 2004, when Ed Paloucek, Kaitlin Hahn, Barry Houlehen, and John Karr joined to form a band that played not only traditional Irish tunes, but performed medleys and songs from a variety of Celtic nations, all of which touch the Atlantic Ocean. Two fiddlers, a guitarist/singer, and a bouzouki/bodhran player put their own feel and interpretation to fast-paced reels and jigs, slow airs, strathspeys, and marches, throwing in some classical, other world influences, originals, and the works of contemporary Celtic artists.

They round out their performances with a mix of Irish and Scottish folk songs and ballads. All can be heard on their debut album, Craicd!.
Your influences?
Natalie McMaster, Liz Carroll, Danu, John Doyle, Solas, Gaelic Storm
Favorite spot?
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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