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John Heinzman -  John is a whistle player for the band Seacht. He began playing at 12 and took instruction from Al Purcell, Noel Henry, and Mick Gavin. John is very involved in the Irish community through his employment with the Ardán Academy of Irish Dance.

 

Stacey Jamison - Stacey plays whistles and Irish flute with Seacht. She is a professional theater and orchestral musician in Metro Detroit, as well as a private woodwind instructor. She discovered her passion for Irish music while on tour with her college orchestra in Ireland with prominent traditional musicians including Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Niall Keegan. Her flute was made by Marcus Hernon of Carna, Connemara.

 

Mindy Whalen - Mindy started playing the violin at the age of 9 in the classical genre.  She came to celtic music later in life, discovering Highland bagpipes in her early 20's.  One day she tried the pipe music on her fiddle, and she never turned back.  Mindy's influences include Natalie McMaster, Liz Carol, Martin Hayes, James Kelly, and Ashley MacIsaac.  She has placed in Scottish fiddling competitions in the past, as well as Highland Piping competitions, both band and solo.  Mindy rounds out her Seacht contribution with vocals. She is also the fiddle/piper and vocalist for Celtic Rock Group Bill Grogan's Goat.

 

Jere Stormer - Jere is Michigan-Born & bred. From the Irish-inspired musical inventions of Seacht to his solo outings of bluesy folk, Jere’s 30 plus years in music have earned him an audience that eagerly expects the unexpected.  He’s delighted to be able to perform in a variety of musical context  ranging Old-Time Pre-Bluegrass Country/Jug Band music to his current songwriter’s band called Taller Than They Appear. Winner of 3 Detroit Music Awards (along with plenty of nominations) Jere’s history encompasses day-job careers ranging from Radio DJing to Commercial TV & Film Production and Acting, to Social Work and Social Activism -- All the while following his musical muse…  As an entertainer, Jere mines songs from the tradition and writes songs inspired by the traditions. In the last several years, Jere has branched out from his core of 12-string finger-style and electric slide playing to using mandolin, fiddle, banjo and dobro to ‘color’ the music of various friends and fellow performers. He's played festivals all over the Mid-West like Dune Grass, Concert of Colors, Thumb Fest, Farm Fest, Traverse City Indoor Folk Festival, the Flint Folk Festival, the Detroit Festival of the Arts and Arts, Beats & Eats... where he’s privileged to share his art with like-minded listeners. 

 

Jude Closson - Jude plays drums and guitar and has been working with bands in the Detroit area for the last 3 1/2 decades. Jude started as a drummer and has worked with many groups ranging from early New Wave and Punk groups to the present day Celtic Rock group Bill Grogan’s Goat. As a guitarist he has worked with a variety of rock and folk acts including Seacht.

 

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Phil Schrantz - Phil plays bass with Seacht.  With Irish roots back to County Armagh, he enjoys the challenge of bringing modern influences to traditional music in a way that shows respect for both.  When not working with Seacht, Phil plays bass in The Regulators, a Lansing-based rock band.  He is also a jazz trombonist, but his fellow band members try not to hold that against him.