Drumroll, please... The Franklin County Arts Guild is excited to announce that The Secret Commonwealth will once again be entertaining the crowd at Arts & Ales on February 17. The band, known for its rollicking Celtic-inspired vibe, is a favorite of locals and venues far and wide. Influenced by The Pogues, The Chieftains, and traditional Irish pub bands, The Secred Commonwealth’s music mixes original material with traditional music and many styles of American and European folk.
The Secret Commonwealth has been described as a party that turned into a band. During their initial run from 1993-2003, the band played pubs, clubs, private events, and conventions, plus Celtic, International, and Americana music festivals. Their annual St. Patrick's Day shows in Murfreesboro have resulted in a packed house every year. They also recorded three albums: a self-titled debut in 1997, “The Uninvited Guest” (2002) a concept album collecting their many Halloween and supernatural-tinged original songs, and “Last Call,” which was released on St. Patrick’s Day of 2013.
Arts & Ales is the major annual fundraiser of the Franklin County Arts Guild. The Guild promotes arts, crafts, and art education in Franklin County and the surrounding area. It creates opportunities for member artists to show and to sell their work in its gallery, the Artisan Depot, as well as at other local events.