The Saltbound is an exploration of heritage and storytelling, a blending of Irish and American folk music in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan— a city known for it’s deep roots, good beer, and love of the arts. Formed in 2012 as Cailean by singer-songwriter Colin Cooper and vocalist Kaity Jansma, The Saltbound then grew into a rich four-piece set with the addition of guitar/mandolin player David Simmer and cellist Emily Drafta. Recently, Bill Drafta has joined as a percussionist, playing cajon and occasionally the Irish bodhran, enhancing and rounding out the distinct sounds of The Saltbound.
The band has performed their unique mixture of original and traditional pieces regionally throughout West Michigan alongside a variety of acts at both traditional and non-standard venues. They are currently writing music for a full-length release sometime in 2015