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Folk duo Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert concert at MMA

Photo by Molly Secours

Acclaimed folk duo Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert will perform in concert at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Frey Foundation Auditorium on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the MMA Store or by phone at 231-720-2580.

Kieran Kane

Kieran Kane has been referred to as “the godfather of Americana music” for good reason. His seminal work in The O’Kanes and Kane Welch Kaplin, as well as co-founding the independent label Dead Reckoning Records, laid the foundation for the contemporary world of Americana music. A successful solo artist, collaborator, and songwriter (with songs recorded by Alan Jackson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, and many more), Kieran is a musician’s musician: his playing is always understated, always groove-oriented, and always serving the song.

Rayna Gellert

If Rayna Gellert seems a preternaturally gifted songwriter, it’s because she’s seen farther into the old songs than most. Growing up in a musical family, she turned to Appalachian old-time music at a young age, becoming a prodigious fiddler, and leading a new revival of American stringband music through her work with the acclaimed roots band Uncle Earl. An in-demand collaborator, she has toured and recorded with artists such as Scott Miller, Abigail Washburn, Toubab Krewe, and Robyn Hitchcock.

Kane & Gellert

Kieran and Rayna met at San Francisco’s celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to co-writing songs for Kieran’s recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning). They joined forces again for Rayna’s 2017 release, Workin’s Too Hard (StorySound Records). Their first duo album, The Ledges, was released in February on Dead Reckoning Records.

Fans of either artist will recognize musical kindred-spiritedness in their restrained and roots-oriented approach to both songs and arrangements.


Concert tickets are: $20 in advance/$15 for MMA Members/$25 at the door. Purchase online here, at the MMA Museum Store, or by phone at 231.720.2580.

MMA Members must purchase at the MMA Store or by phone to receive discount.


Doors open at 6:30. Beer and wine will be available at a cash bar prior to the concert and at intermission.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located in downtown Muskegon at 296 W. Webster Ave., in downtown Muskegon, MI. Visit for visitor information.

Generous support for this project is provided by Art Bridges.