RavensFire has played dozens of local venues and festivals around the area, including the main stage at Irish Festivals in Emmetsburg, Iowa, La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Rochester, Minnesota. This spring the band was warmly received on a tour of a half-dozen pubs in Ireland. The 2016 calendar included performances at house concerts, weddings, theater productions, and area restaurants.
Audiences love RavensFire‘s versions of traditional songs like Whisky in the Jar and original pieces like the love song Willow Wood. Their new CD features both of these songs and many more. A frequent comment from our friends is “You guys look like you’re having fun!” We are having fun, and we want everyone who comes to see RavensFire to join the fun.
Music, Fun and Friendship is what RavensFire is all about!
Larry and Melissa Schmidt have been professional musicians ever since they met. Their love of music has kept them happily singing and playing together through many years. They have toured several times in Ireland, sharing their music with delighted audiences all along the way.
Larry’s guitar playing is strong and spirited, building the foundation for Melissa’s quick, light mandolin and sweet lilting whistle tunes.
Judy Havelick shines with a sturdy beat on the bodhran. With three voices blending in beautiful harmony, the RavensFire band sings new life into the familiar old Irish tunes.
Melissa’s many original songs have won awards and blend skillfully into the wonderful RavensFire collection of traditional Irish favorites. Some songs will raise a shout of laughter, others will bring a tear to your eye. The lively instrumental reels, jigs, polkas and waltzes will go straight to your feet, and no matter what your age, you can be sure there will be no dull moments listening, singing, tapping and dancing along with the magic music of RavensFire.