Don’t miss this season’s Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter.
Lyric books provided.
When Sally Potter isn’t producing an annual singing festival or helping other communities produce similar events, singing with the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing, or leading local monthly community sings, she is teaching economics, civics, and history to students at Williamston High School.
Sally’s grandmother, Lillian Paulson Potter was an opera singer, and later, a church choir director, producing countless community events over a fifty-year span. On the other side, Sally’s uncle, Brian Shanley played Dixieland jazz clarinet with Bob Scoby in Chicago in the 50’s. Yet it was when her brother Tom taught her Old-Time tunes on his back-up banjo that Sally settled into the folk music world.
A mainstay in the Mid-Michigan folk music community since 1984, Sally, Betsy Clinton and Pat Madden were members of the very popular group, Second Opinion, from 1989 – 2001. In 2005, Potter released her fifth CD, this one together with Madden entitled, “it’s about time.”
In 2003, Sally organized the first Mid-Winter Singing Festival, now an annual event where hundreds of people get together on a January weekend – just to sing. Since then, she has continued to perform, song lead, and help produce numerous music events, most recently taking on the volunteer job of concert booking manager for the 41 year-old Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series.
Pianist Neill Campbell is a graduate of Michigan State University (MM ’14, BM ’11), and was most recently a staff pianist/coach at the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center, where he worked on productions of Don Pasquale and Street Scene. For the past two years, Neill was a Resident Artist at Shreveport Opera, and the pianist for the Shreveport Opera Xpress program. At Shreveport, he served as chorus master and rehearsal pianist for Shreveport Opera’s mainstage productions, as well as pit pianist and recitative harpsichordist. Neill has performed across the United States, and internationally in Italy and in Havana, Cuba, with Michigan State University.
Lindsay Snyder is a 2017 graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance. Originally from Okemos, Lindsay has been active in the Lansing area for many years, performing with church, community, and MSU choirs. In addition to her degrees in music, she also completed a teaching minor in German studies. Most recently, Lindsay became the Williamston High School Choir and Drama Director.
Doug have been performing, teaching and making instruments since the mid 1970’s.
During the 1980’s he toured throughout the United States and performed at many folk festivals, dulcimer festivals and concert venues. He recorded two records for Kicking Mule Records.
In 1983 he took first place in both the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
In the early 1990’s he made two recordings, one featuring a tune he composed on hammered dulcimer called “Ocean of Wisdom” that has been performed and recorded by several other hammered dulcimer players. His work appears on dozens of albums and soundtracks as a support musician.
Ruelaine Stokes is a spoken word artist, writer and teacher based in Lansing, Michigan. She gives poetry readings, lectures, and workshops on poetry, spoken word, and creative writing. Her goal is to bring poetry to life and to bring people to poetry.