Music & Community — Calm Animal Care. Barbara Calm’s other pursuits and passions when not helping pets feel better and stay healthy.

The Kalispell Irish Session is a good place to start- Some of the Valley’s finest Celtic musicians get together a few times a month to share tunes, songs and just be in good company.  The Desoto Grill is a favorite venue on frequent Monday nights, Columbia Falls’ Backslope Brewing on the first Wednesday of most months, and the Kalispell Brewery usually on the third Thursday of the month. Look for a session or two at the Laughing Horse Lodge in Swan Lake this summer. Check the schedule and join us!

Kalispell Irish Session

A schedule of all of the Celtic music concerts, events and sessions can be found here:

Tra Le Gael
– A spirited ensemble playing Celtic tunes with harmony, humor and joy.

Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble Gigs:
Tropical Montana Marimba Ensemble plays music inspired by the traditions of the Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe.

Barbara, Jason and Ed

Barbara, Jason and Ed


Swiftcurrent — Wild and Scenic Acoustic Music



Mandolins, whistles, flutes and lots more strings

As a duo, Jason and Barbara play mandolins, whistles, flutes and lots more strings





 Second Wind— Celtic music with Warmth and Passion



Grin and Bear It String Clan: The Grin and Bear It String Clan is an enthusiastic and fun gathering of musicians playing oldtime and eclectic tunes.

Missoula Folklore Society: “Dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts,
and skills of contemporary and traditional cultures and generally having a pretty good time.” 
These folks put on contradances from October through May, and the Bear Hug Mountain Festival and Contra Dance Camp — an annual fun-filled weekend of music, dancing, and storytelling on Flathead Lake in September.

Northwest Folkife Festival: The Northwest Folklife Festival is the annual free celebration of year-round ethnic, folk, and traditional arts in Seattle.  At least one of Dr Calm’s musical ensembles performs there every year.


Our Local Community.

  • The Humane Society of NW Montana: The Humane Society of Northwest Montana, home of the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center. Adopt a shelter pet today!
  • The Flathead Valley Beacon: The Flathead Valley Beacon is an independent news source delivering thought-provoking news and commentary.
  • The Nurturing Center: The Nurturing Center in Kalispell is committed to helping people be the best parents they can be, guiding them to resources such as quality childcare, support groups, mentoring programs and parenting information.
  • Painter/ Sculptor Betsey Hurd depictis what she knows; horses and cows, sheep, dogs — all the four-leggeds that she lives with, and observes.
  • John Ashley Fine Art Photography: John is a wonderful Kila artist whose images are reminiscent of the natural beauty and humor of wild places and wild critters. You may notice a number of these prints around Calm Animal Care.
  • First Night Flathead : Alcohol-free, family-oriented entertainment on New Years Eve in downtown Kalispell.  Calm Animal Care is a sponsor, and Dr Calm is a participant

Our Greater Community
Animal Welfare Projects

Blogs of Travelers We Know and Love

  • Wholesome Harvest — Mika, Neil’s partner in travel and life, is a vegetarian tasting and writing her way through South America