The Maple Hill Band formed in 2003 when some former members of GoodFortune (a local Ceilidh group) and a few of their friends began meeting at Steve Whitmore’s house for informal sessions on Sunday evenings. The musical focus quickly became Celtic and American Traditional music, bringing more members and a growing play list. The Maple Hill Band began public appearances in early 2004. The band has since had hundreds appearances at sites over North Alabama and Southern Tennessee, including playing for contra dances. The spectrum of music now being performed includes hard-driving Celtic jigs and reels, contra dance music of the northeastern and northwestern U.S., and the wistful ballads of Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia.