Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada. Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle, and guitar, the group’s varied musical backgrounds combine to produce a sound which is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, Arise & Go has been hailed for their “precision and energy”.
Winners of North America’s longest running live folk radio broadcast Best of Bound for Glory Award 2018, Arise & Go has been featured on NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock radio program and in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, The Boston Irish Reporter and the Irish American News where they have been praised for “musical complexity and colour” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.” 2019 saw the release of the band’s full-length album Meeting Place as members Ellie Goud (fiddle), Michael Roddy (uilleann pipes, border pipes, smallpipes, whistles) and Tim Ball (guitar, foot percussion) showcase the different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group’s sound.
Arise & Go formed in 2016 in Ithaca, New York, after meeting at the long-running Irish session held at the legendary Chapter House bar in Collegetown. As of 2020, the band is multinational, with Michael and Ellie now residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Ellie Goud grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition. Her sound is uniquely New Brunswick – a cutting blend of Scottish and Acadian rhythms and sounds. Ellie has performed as a solo artist and in groups in venues such as La Salla Rosa and L’Escalier in Montreal, Bound For Glory, the Victoria Folk Festival, and Information Morning Live at the Saint John City Market.
Piper Michael Roddy has spent over 20 years creating his unique combination of Scottish and Irish piping styles. After years of competitive success with pipe bands, Michael turned to the world of bellows piping, making the natural leap to smallpipes and border pipes, and the bigger leap to the Irish uilleann pipes. He has been featured as a piper with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Michael is an active teacher and has premiered several of his own compositions and arrangements for pipes and orchestra. michaelroddymusic.com
Tim Ball (guitar, bouzouki, foot percussion) has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. An exceptionally versatile musician and relentless collaborator, he performs as a fiddler throughout the Northeast with contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach. As a teacher or staff musician, he has been on faculty at week-long camps such as American Dance & Music week at Pinewoods (MA), the Ithaca Suzuki Institute (NY), and the Kanack School Fiddle Camp (Rochester, NY). timballmusic.com