Chelsea House Orchestra And Special Guest Thunderwüde To Perform At Annual Hometown Show On October 6

Chelsea House Orchestra’s 22nd annual Hometown Show, featuring special guest Thunderwüde, will take place Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7pm at Chelsea House High School.

Opening with Beach Middle School’s Fiddle Club led by director Nathan Peters, the Hometown Show will feature performances by Celtic group Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO), and bluegrass trio Thunderwude. The two groups played together in January this year when Thunderwüde invited CHO to open their show at The Ark in Ann Arbor. “Thunderwude’s music making is stellar, using elements of Folk, Celtic, Rock and Jazz into a swirling dervish of creative music,” says Jed Fritzemeier, “We’re thrilled to have them join us at our Hometown Show.”

Chelsea House Orchestra (CHO) is a Celtic-inspired music group comprised of students from Chelsea High School. Led by maestro Jed Fritzemeier, CHO has been in-demand for over 20 years at festivals and events throughout the midwest, including the Chicago Scots Highland Games, Thunderbay Maritime Festival, Indiana State Fair, Alma Highland Games (MI), Edinboro Highland Games (PA), and the Michigan Irish Music Festival. CHO’s music features lively Scottish and Irish traditions and Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little Hungarian-inspired music and rock and roll thrown in for kicks.

Thunderwüde is a Chelsea based bluegrass trio fronted by singer/songwriter Jason Dennie. His masterfully crafted songs have become staples of the Thunderwüde experience as he draws from his 20 plus years as a professional musician. The energetic Wesley Fritzemeier is the perfect counterpart to Dennie as he dazzles with his incredible prowess on both the mandolin and fiddle. The two musicians intertwine beautifully as seemingly effortless harmonies are brought to life both vocally and instrumentally. The glue between all the beauty is Tommy Reifel on the upright bass. These three everyday working musicians have made this project a labor of love and patience and can be seen weekly at numerous gigs throughout the area.

“It’s always been a goal of CHO to learn from professional musicians, like Thunderwüde, to expand their understanding of making an art form into a career. What makes Thunderwude so cool is that the group was conceived right here in Chelsea. What makes the group even cooler is that one of the members is a direct descendent of CHO,” says Jed Fritzemeier, referring to Wesley Fritzemeier, who is not only a former member of CHO, but also his son.

This exciting combination of toe-tapping Celtic music and energetic bluegrass will keep audiences clapping and smiling all evening long. Following the show, the audience is invited to enjoy the afterglow reception in the Commons.

Tickets for the 2018 Hometown Show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at . Group tickets may be reserved by emailing Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds from CHO’s Annual Hometown Show ticket sales and donations go to raise funds for the group for educational purposes, equipment costs, and travel expenses.

At this year’s Hometown Show, CHO will be accepting donations for their trip to China In March of 2019. During this trip of a lifetime, CHO will perform for Chinese audiences in cities including Beijing, Shijiazhaung, Hangzhou, participate in cultural exchanges, and visit Tianamen Square, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Lingyin Temple, Dragonwell Tea Plantation, Shanghai, and Yuyuan Market.

To learn more and see a full list of upcoming performances, visit


Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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