Blackthorn brings the rich tapestry of Celtic music with traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs combine with some of Ireland’s best contemporary songs for a musical experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people. What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos and textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, which complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard McMullan and the band’s tight blend of four part harmony. Blackthorn has played throughout the Great Lakes region since 1984. Based in Detroit, they can be found regularly at O’Mara’s Pub and Restaurant in Berkley. Other venues include concert halls, universities and festivals, including main stage appearances at the prestigious Michigan Irish Festival and world renowned Milwaukee Irish Fest. From large festival to intimate setting, Blackthorn provides time tested entertainment. Chuck Ward of the Milwaukee Irish Fest says, “Blackthorn was very well received at Milwaukee Irish Fest, impressing everyone with their strong, well blended songs. They are ambassadors continuing the Irish ballad tradition and a crowd pleasing addition to any festival."