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Get a Celtic mix at the Troy Public Library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 7, 2018

TROY — Bassist Rob Crozier said Nessa — the quartet that will perform at the Troy Public Library March 10 — is not a typical Irish pub band. 

Anna Barlow, adult services librarian, said the concert is part of a new concert series at the library that launched last month when Belleau Notte performed. The series continues in April with jazz from the Phil Hale Trio. 

Barlow said attendees gave good feedback on the Belleau Notte concert. She said she attended a Nessa performance at the Bloomfield Township Public Library. 

“They really connect with the audience,” she said. She described the quartet’s music as “fun, toe-tapping, very interesting music.” 

Crozier, a jazz musician who also plays the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians, said the words “barnburner, jigs and reels, and a Celtic world music experience” have been used to describe the band’s music and style. 

“The music is primarily focused on kicks and reels and artful renditions of U.K. ballads, not all Celtic,” he said. “We’re not a typical Irish band, but we do perform some typical Irish music, though not ‘Danny Boy’ for this performance.”

“Audiences love the drumming and are captivated by Kelly’s beautiful voice and flute playing,” Crozier said, referring to instrumentalist/vocalist Kelly McDermott.

“Kelly’s journey started with an orchestral career in Philadelphia as a classical flutist,” he said. “She changed directions and has fallen in love with singing.” 

He noted that the drummer is a “hand drummer who performs with a variety of ethnic and Arabic drums.” 

Listen to “Nessa Celtic Fusion” 1-2 p.m. March 10 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road. Visit or call (248) 524-3534 to register. For more information on Nessa, visit