MILFORD- Celtic music star Cathie Ryan and her band will rock the Milford Theatre, 114 East Catharine Street, Milford, on Saturday, June 29th. This special performance by "one of the leading voices in Celtic Music" (The Los Angeles Times) begins at 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Ryan has been a force in the Irish music scene since 1987 when, while still a college student in New York City, she was chosen to be lead singer for Cherish the Ladies. In 1995 the great Tommy Makem invited her to appear on a TV Christmas special, after which she started touring and recording with her own band. She and her band of four, which includes a killer banjo and fiddle, have performed throughout North America and Europe at festivals, concert halls, and perhaps a few pubs. Among the many honors she has won, Live Ireland named her Irish Female Singer of the Decade. Twice.

Her show in Milford will range from reels to ballads, traditional tunes to original songs. Although her immigrant parents raised her in Detroit, Ryan, who now lives in Ireland, spent summers during her formative years in Ireland with her fiddler/singer grandmother and her grandfather, a master seanachie, or story-teller. They greatly influenced her sound, but Ryan’s songs also drop hints of American country music and even Motown; you don’t grow up in the Midwest without being exposed to Waylon, Dolly, and Marvin.

Tickets for the June 29th concert cost $20 at the Milford Theatre, or $15 when purchased in advance on the website of concert producer Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, The public can also buy tickets at Books and Prints at Pear Alley, 220 Broad Street, Milford. Children under 15 are admitted free.

Kindred Spirits Arts Programs, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported in part by local and state agencies, and by business and private donors.