The Players

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John

John Gallo is a Detroit based freelance guitar player. Originally from Harrison Township Michigan, he […]

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Kelly

Kelly

Kelly McDermott has traveled the U.S., Canada and Europe as performer, teacher and student.  She has a […]

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Rob

Rob Crozier is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, band leader and composer/producer residing in Ann Arbor.  He has […]

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Alex

Alex Anest has been performing, recording and teaching music in the Southeast Michigan area since 1996. […]

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Colleen

Colleen Shanks plays the Uilleann pipes and whistles.  She chairs the Detroit Irish Music Association CCE Branch, […]

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Todd

Todd Glassʼ drumming is at the heart of Detroit Rock. He is a sought after […]

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Luke

Luke Panning is a well-rounded fiddler with experience in folk, jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock. […]

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"The folk tradition is alive and well in these beautifully crafted, modern interpretations." Rob Reinhart - "Acoustic Cafe" and WDET's "Rob Reinhart's Essential Music"

Nessa

Ann Arbor, Michigan

www.nessamusic.com


About

Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her dazzling flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice. She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research and arrange the music of Nessa. This hard-working team re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids. With no shortage of virtuosity, Nessa includes some of Southeastern Michigan’s hottest players. The band moves audiences with funky reels, “barn burner” jigs, and deep, soulful glimpses of old stories.Nessa has a mystical, dreamy side akin to the music of Loreena McKennitt, an energetic aspect not unlike Solas, a touch of global fusion a la Pentangle and Eilleen Ivers, and a depth and dimension similar to Brian Eno.

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