Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio from Ithaca, NY noted for their “precision and energy”.  From intimate house concerts to festival stages, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements that are sure to excite any audience.

In 2017, Arise & Go released their debut, self-titled EP which introduced listeners to the variety and style of this diverse group.  Members Ellie Goud, Michael Roddy, and Tim Ball each bring unique elements of different Celtic traditions into the group’s sound.

IMG_9094From Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Ellie grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition. Her style combines Celtic and Acadian influences from Canada, Ireland and Scotland. She began playing fiddle at the age of 9 through the traditional music program at her elementary school, and was introduced to Acadian music from her neighbor Jean. 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.

Ellie plays a Bradley Higgins fiddle (Hartford, New York) and a cross-tuned Jim Danson fiddle (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Piper Michael Roddy began his journey in Celtic music over twenty years ago when heIMG_0757 learned the Highland bagpipes from Carl Sturtevant of Rome, NY.  After years of competitive success with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, 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, and the Mohawk Valley Choral Society which featured two of his original compositions for pipes and orchestra.

Michael plays Hamish Moore border pipes (Perthshire, Scotland), Nate Banton smallpipes (Portland, Maine), and a Cillian O’Briain/Eugene Lambe uilleann pipe (Dingle/Kinvara, Ireland).

Tim edit (1)Tim (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).

Tim plays a Larivee guitar, and a bouzouki made by Devon MacRae.