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Their motto is: Irish roots. American branches.

"Nobody doesn't like Irish music," says Mike Romkey. "It's infectious. Even the sad songs are happy Celtic music," he adds. Romkey plays the Mandolin for the Barley House Band.

"The music is all basically dance music. You never do a song the same way twice. In fact, sometimes, we don't do a song the same way once," says band member Krista Rittenhouse, who is also Irish. She says Celtic music is the heart and soul of the Irish culture. The traditional pieces will oftentimes borrow a melody that is ancient from the 1600 and 1500s.

"There is always this kind of undercurrent of melancholy and I think because the people have suffered, I think that gives the music such an interesting balance that you don't hear everywhere," said band member Bob Rosenstiel.

He plays the upright bass and thinks Irish music is the springboard for other forms of music.

"It's really mixed with blues and bluegrass,"  Rosenstiel added.

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