Irish band Atlantic Wave to perform at Silver Lake College on March 13

Posted On February 16, 2016

Atlantic Wave, a “contemporary trad” Irish band from Milwaukee, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at Endries Hall, located in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Known for playing the music of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada, the band performs live, high-energy shows featuring jigs, reels and dance tunes called strathspeys as well as songs and ballads, old and new.

Formed in 2004 from Milwaukee pubs and music sessions, Atlantic Wave took its name from an Irish reel. The name also reflects the music it plays from countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Over the years, the musicians have developed their own style with a unique mix of Irish, Scottish, Canadian and American influences. They have built up a large repertoire of songs, but often throw caution to the wind during live performances and wing it with impromptu sets of tunes.

Atlantic Wave musicians include Kaitlin Hahn (fiddle, accordion, piano), Ed Paloucek (fiddle, hurdy gurdy), Barry Houlehen (lead singer, guitar, bass), James Reilly (flute, vocals, whistle), and John Karr (bouzouki, bodhran, percussion, vocals).

The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $18.90 for adults, $12.60 for seniors, $5.25 for students (ages 5 to 18), and free for ages 4 and younger. To purchase tickets, please visit the Capitol Civic Centre box office, 913 S. Eighth St., Manitowoc, or log on to or call (920) 683-2184.