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18th Annual Fiddle Fest

The 18th Annual Fiddle Fest features the Mona Shores Fiddlers and the Mona Shores Middle Fiddles with very special guests ESME on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 7pm.

We are very excited to bring ESME, Eclectic String Music Ensemble, to the Mona Shores Performing Arts Center. ESME, is an acoustic string band exclusive in West Michigan in blending classical music training with popular music to create a live performance experience that is accessible to students and music lovers of different ages and varied tastes.

Tickets can be purchased at:

20th Annual Michigan Irish Music Fest

Mona Shores Fiddlers at the 2019 Michigan Irish Music Festival.

We are still debating how many years the Fiddlers have had the honor to take the stage at the 20th Michigan Irish Music Festival. One thing we don’t debate on is  “Thank You” to the entire Michigan Irish Music Fest organization for inviting the Fiddlers. To the Fiddlers it’s so much more than just a concert it’s a list of opportunities: to enjoy, to learn, and to share music that builds friendships with more than just our community. Thank you to Michigan Irish Music Festival and all the volunteers. Happy 20th Birthday MIMF and look forward to the next 20!

The Fiddlers will be hosting the 18th Annual Fiddle Fest on November 18th, 7pm, at the Mona Shores Performing Arts Center featuring the Mona Shores Middle Fiddlers, Mona Shores Fiddlers and with special guests ESME, Eclectic String Music Ensemble. We look forward to seeing you at Fiddle Fest.


2018 Michigan Irish Music Fest

A week ago today the Mona Shores Fiddlers performed at the 2018 Michigan Irish Music Fest. Once again it was a privilege and honor to perform at such an amazing fest with so many talented musicians and a fest that does so much for our community. Thank you to all the volunteers that make the MIMF a reality and all the MSO parents that make the Fiddle program possible.

We are looking forward to our own 17th Annual Fiddle Fest on November 10th, 2018. Special guests include Grand Haven High School Orchestra’s Gotak, North Muskegon Orchestra’s Fiddle players, and very special guests Uneven Ground!

Michigan Irish Music Festival Thank You

Mona Shores Fiddlers 2017

We would like to publicly thank everyone that made the Michigan Irish Music Festival an incredible weekend for the Fiddlers.

Thank you to the Michigan Irish Music Festival for again inviting the Fiddlers to perform at this incredible event. It’s an honor to be able to play at the same venue with such amazing musicians from around the world right here in Muskegon.

Thank you to parents, families, friends, and Mona Shores Alumni that came out to support the Fiddlers. Playing to a full, friendly house was a blast!  All the weekly rehearsals have paid off.

Thank you to the very talented sound crew! It’s alway nice to perform when we have friendly and knowledgeable audio engineers!

Over the weekend we shared many more pictures and videos of the MIMF on our Instagram and Facebook pages – too many to re-post here.  We also shared that The Founding (formerly Blarney Castle) will be our special guest at the 16th Annual Fiddle Festival.  More Fiddle Fest information coming soon.

If you missed the Fiddlers this past weekend you can catch them this Friday, Sept 22, 2017, at the Mona Shores High School Homecoming Tailgate Party!

Fiddlers at the Michigan Irish Music Fest 2016


2016 Mona Shores Fiddlers

dscn7966The Mona Shores Fiddlers performed their sixth show of the 2016 Summer-Fall Tour this past Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Michigan Irish Music Fest. It was a picture perfect sunny day with just amazing weather, weekend filled withsome truly talented entertainers and the sounds of great Irish Music.

dscn7942The Michigan Irish Music Fest really out did themselves with one of the best MIMF ever!! So before going any further on behalf of all The Fiddlers, we would like to Thank the MIMF for once again including the Fiddlers to the Fest. Its an incredible honor to be able to perform along side these gifted musicians, to be able to play for our community, and to be included such an amazing festival. Thank you, thank you, thank you can not be said enough to be apart of MIMF.

dscn7956The Fiddlers performed a 60 minute set of some of their classic Irish arrangements as well as some new arrangements to a rather large crowd at the Galway Stage. The crowd was made up friends, family, members from other groups performing at MIMF and the MIMF community at large getting comments on Social Media as “Awesome”, “Amazing”,”Talented” and “the Mona Shores Kids Rock!!!!”

dscn7943-version-2The MIMF is one the BIG highlights of the Fiddlers Summer-Tour but they have still have a couple of dates coming up. The Summer-Fall Tour will wrap up on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at The Mona Shores 15th Annual Fiddle Fest with the Mona Shores Middle Fiddles, Mona Shores Fiddlers, and very special guest CrossBow!!! Details, ticket information, to follow, so watch for our posters, the web page, and our social pages.

Thank you again to the Michigan Irish Music Fest and look forward to seeing everyone at our 15th Annual Fiddle Fest!


Here are a few tunes from MIMF2016:







Amazing 14th Annual Fiddle Fest


The 14th Annual Fiddle Fest has come to a close. The Middle Fiddlers, The Fiddlers and featured guest AnDro gave us an amazing performance and successful event. Thank you to all the parent volunteers, to Walk The Beat  for sponsoring the Fiddle Fest workshop with AnDro, and featured guests AnDro.

DSCN5398The Middle Fiddlers, directed by Mr. Nick Mosley, gave their first performance of the year which did not sound like a first performance. The Middle Fiddlers are a young talented group performed a job well done.




DSCN5438The Fiddlers, directed by Mrs. Kelly DeRose, performed a updated  amazing set since the Michigan Irish Music Fest with new songs, new versions and some classic tunes this class of Fiddlers have fine tuned.  The Senior performance of the Parting Glass showed us we are losing large group of talented students but the amazing performance shows the group has amazing depth of talent.


AnDroThe featured guest AnDro finished the night with an amazing set. If you not seen AnDro you really owe it to yourself to check them out live. Its like AnDro is a freight train on a Celtic journey taking on the rhythms of the valleys of the world its passing by; very powerful, fun and enjoyable. AnDro finished the night with the Middle Fiddlers and Fiddlers on stage together.

Some photos of the night are below and more can be found on our Flickr page.

Once again, Thank you to all for making Fiddle Fest a success.

13th Annual Fiddle Fest Fun

Peat in the Creel
Peat in the Creel

Night of fun filled traditional fiddle folk music had some great moments and really great music provided by The Mona Shores Middle Fiddlers, Mona Shores Fiddlers, and Peat in the Creel.

The Mona Shores Middle Fiddlers played their first concert of the year highlighting some really young talent coming up in the Fiddle program. Director Nick Mosely was even able to recruit the exciting return of Mr. Timothy Staudacher on guitar.

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The Mona Shores Fiddlers are at full stride with a 2014-15 year of performances at Michigan Irish Festival, WoodTV’s eightWest, and Muskegon’s Farmer Market to name a few. The Mona Shores Fiddler’s debut a exciting original tune Vespers Jig by Dale Liddle (Guitar) and Greg Beaudoin (Banjo/Guitar).

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A Thank You to Walk the Beat for sponsoring the afternoon Walk The Beatworkshop with Peat in the Creel for the Middle Fiddlers and the Fiddlers. A BIG Thank you to the talented and amazing Peat in the Creel our featured guests, for a fun filled educating afternoon for the students and entertaining the rest of us with the traditional Celtic music.

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13th Annual Fiddle Fest Media Release

Mona Shores Fiddlers Present 13th Annual Fiddle Fest With Peat in the Creel February 21

Norton Shores, Michigan – February 4, 2015

The Mona Shores Fiddlers will entertain their audience with traditional fiddle tunes on Saturday, February 21, beginning at 7 PM at the Mona Shores High School Performing Arts Center. The Fiddle Festival, now in it’s 13th year, has featured The Moxie Strings, Oat Bran Boys, and Finvarra’s Wren. This year, the Fiddlers are excited to invite Peat in the Creel to the stage.

Peat in the Creel are five dynamic musicians from the West Coast of Michigan who individually have been performing at festivals, music venues, pubs, and events all over the MidWest for many years. Collectively, Peat in the Creel creates and performs Celtic music from the heritage-rich regions of Ireland, Scotland, Cape Breton, and Galicia. Peat in the Creel features Toby Bresnahan (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin), Mike Mulder (bodhran), Alison Myers (flutes, whistles, and vocals), Regina Kate Cobean (fiddle), and Griffin Cobean (bouzouki, whistles, and small pipes).

The students involved in the Fiddle Festival have a unique opportunity to work closely with Peat in the Creel in an afternoon session prior to the concert. The workshop has been funded by a generous grant from the Walk the Beat Foundation, an organization established to promote music education opportunities to the youth of West Michigan.

The concert will begin with the Mona Shores Middle Fiddles under the direction of middle school director Nick Mosley. The Mona Shores Fiddlers, directed by Kelly De Rose, will then take the stage and prime the audience for guest artists Peat in the Creel. Tickets for the 13th Annual Fiddle Festival are $10 for Adults/$5 for Students and Seniors, and are available at the door. For more information, please call 231-780-4711 x 8327.

Fiddle Fest Promotional Poster 2015