Welcome to the official website for Uneven Ground

Traditional Celtic Band

UGLogoUneven Ground is a four-piece traditional Celtic band blending vocals with instrumentals to bring their listeners on a unique musical journey. “Grounded” in the roots of traditional Irish music, Uneven Ground presents a blend of songs molded from hundreds of pub tunes from around the Celtic region. By teaching the history of their music mixed with their nonsensical humor, each performance offers the listener an escape from the busyness of life.

Figuratively named after the Irish slip jig ‘On the Rocky Road to Dublin,’ Uneven Ground has become one of the most talked about and exciting trad/folk Celtic bands to emerge on the music scene today-a perfect fit for folk festivals, public library concerts, parties, fundraising events, community concerts, bars, or pubs.

Members include Courtney Hutson, fiddle, vocals; Dave Closz, guitar, vocals; Tim Staudacher, mandolin, guitar; Larry Halverson, whistle, flute and bodhrán. Firmly established in Irish music, Uneven Ground had the honor to share the stage with the popular Irish band from South Bend, Indiana, Kennedy’s Kitchen and Ireland’s top trad band of 2015 Goitse.

Please feel free to pursue our site – see what we look like, what we sound like, and where we’ll be playing next.


“Thank you so much for the amazing and magical evening! Nothing rounds out a St. Patrick’s Day Event like authentic Celtic Music! We had over 70 guests that night and they couldn’t stop talking about Uneven Ground! Everyone asked if you’d be back next year. I really hope so! Thanks again!”
-Gordon O’Connor-


“Uneven Ground’s uplifting performance at Chinook Pier is one of the highlight’s of our summer season! They add that extra touch to our authentic Celtic Shop by treating folks to some fun traditional Irish music. We have watched them grow from their first gig and are truly impressed with how far they have come in such a short time! We so look forward to their performance August 2017 at Chinook Pier in front of Celtic Seasons!”
-Eileen Chlebana, Celtic Seasons-



Get ‘Grounded’ with the latest
Uneven Ground News:

UG’s Tradition Irish Music Session Now in its 4th Year in Grand Haven, Michigan

Traditional Irish music sessions are informal gatherings at which people play Irish traditional music in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Since 2013, Loutit District Library in Grand Haven, Michigan has hosted local musicians dedicated to the learning, playing, and enjoyment of traditional Irish music in a setting that welcomes students and community members of any musical expertise.

Led by Uneven Ground’s whistle/flute player Larry Halverson, LDL’s sessions take Irish music lovers on a unique harmonious journey every third Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm EST.  For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 222 or email lhalverson@loutitlibrary.org.

UG Looks Forward to the Month of June

We thought March was full, but it all starts up again in June with two concerts in one day beginning with Saranac and Clarksville Public Libraries, June 15 followed the White Lake concert series, June 20; Grandville Library, June 22; and ending with the Kalamazoo Irish Festival, June 24-25. Good times. This keeps us young!!!! For a complete list of our events, visit our “Calendar” page

With a Little Help From Our Friends

UG extends a big thanks to Eileen Chlebana from Celtic Seasons for sponsoring us at the Kazoo Irish Fest. We really appreciate the support and trust Eileen has in us. She is truly a great friend of the band. Thank You, Eileen!!!!

Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.

~Robert G. Ingersoll


Genre: Celtic, Irish, English, Scottish, Folk Music
Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan