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September 2018

Ukes and Steel with The Wilsons and Co. Pre-Concert Uke Strum with Ben Hassenger

Friday, September 21 @ 7:30 pm

The show has been rescheduled from February 2018.
What happens when four friends get together to plan a couple of sets of favorites? We'll find out!

We do know that ukuleles, harmonicas, trumpets, pedal steel guitars, guitars, vocals, harmonies, along with a myriad of surprises, will be involved.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Mustard’s Retreat – CD Release

Friday, September 28 @ 7:30 pm

"However, the group actually started out as a trio ... and for a new album and current concerts, original member Libby Glover has rejoined David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. Her presence brings a whole new dimension to the Mustard's Retreat sound, yet the transition sounds just like it feels ... perfectly natural." - Bob Needham, Pulp, Ann Arbor

"...music to cure what ails you." - Michigan Times

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Jarlath Henderson – Sunday Concert

Sunday, September 30 @ 7:00 pm

Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on Uilleann pipes and whistles, Henderson is fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist. (Similar to last season's Le Vent Du Nord show) this very special Sunday concert is one of those extraordinary events you will not want to miss!

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:00 PM
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October 2018

Don Julin Quartet – Thursday Concert

Thursday, October 4 @ 7:30 pm

Hear one of the world's best on mandolin, backed by familiar, stellar Michigan musicians, in the intimate Robin Theater for this very special Thursday night show with Don Julin on mandolin, Joe Wilson on dobro, Kevin Gills on bass and David Collini on cajon.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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“Music of the 1960s” – Sunday Afternoon Two Audio/ Visual Presentations by Dick Rosemont, FBC Co-Founder

Sunday, October 7 @ 1:00 pm

1 - 3 pm: 1960s Rock Music Overview; 4 - 6 pm: The Rise and Influence of Motown. Dick Rosemont will present an entertaining and incisive look at the music environment of the 1960s. It was a significant period for changes in all aspects of culture and the music business. Hear some of the significant songs of the era and recordings that influenced future artists and styles. The first session provides a general overview of 1960s rock as it evolved musically, culturally, and commercially: from pre-Beatles pop to later-decade "acid rock." The second session looks at Motown and its influences, tracing the rise and success of the largest black-owned company in the country, and its impact on music culture.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$15 one session; $25 for two sessions
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Jen Sygit – CD release

Friday, October 12 @ 7:30 pm

Jen's fourth studio album "It's About Time," is produced by long time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis (bassist for Jack White, Buddy Miller, North Mississippi Allstars, Joshua Davis). This new collection of original songs is an eclectic sonic journey drawing influence from a cross section of middle America, from the Gulf Shore sands to the Great Lakes basin. "It's About Time" was engineered at La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo by Ian Gorman and features a talented ensemble of players including Davis, Drew Howard, Mike Lynch, Geoff Lewis and Ross Huff.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Lonesome Ace Stringband – featuring banjo virtuoso Chris Coole

Friday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm

This is old-time music for today's old soul.

Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both.

"Three of the most accomplished Old-Time musicians on the planet, the Lonesome Ace Stringband does a masterful job melding their talents"-Brad Kolodner (WAMU Washington, DC)

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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May Erlewine

Friday, October 26 @ 7:30 pm

"May Erlewine has the sort of soul-baring voice that moves the Alan Lomaxes of the world to abandon the ivory tower for the back roads of rural America." - The Harvard Independent

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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November 2018

Christine Lavin

Friday, November 2 @ 7:30 pm

"Christine Lavin is an incredibly witty songwriter and storyteller, with a flair for the creative, the dramatic, and the humorous. It is precisely her take on the ordinary that makes her work so extraordinary." -Village Voice

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Moira Smiley hosts a Special Monthly Community Sing

Monday, November 5 @ 7:00 pm

Moira Smiley is a singer's singer, with such an engaging presence that you want to sing with her - no matter where the sound goes. If you love to sing, do not miss this evening of singing with one of the very, very best leaders of song.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$10 per person
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Laura Love, Women in the Arts Festival

Friday, November 9 @ 7:30 pm

"(LAURA LOVE) will shake the world. The clincher is her live show...She's that rare artist who can slip from sensitive folk to hip-hop without skipping a beat. -Utne Reader

Laura Love is an award winning "folk-funk" singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring the world since the early 1990s.

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Edgewood United Church 469 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Sam Gleaves

Friday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm

Sam Gleaves is a leader in the next generation of exquisite folk singers. "Courageous as hell and country to the bone -- Amazingly talented Sam Gleaves, the best young songwriter around, heads into new territory with his brilliant album AIN'T WE BROTHERS, joined by a group of world-class musicians and singers. Varied, intelligent, moving - these songs stay with you." -Lee Smith, Appalachian author

Co-produced with the Peace Education Center and held in conjunction with its Alternative Holiday Sale

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Edgewood United Church 469 N Hagadorn Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Joel Mabus

Friday, November 30 @ 7:30 pm

"It's hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess." -MUSICHOUND FOLK

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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December 2018

Annual Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter wsg Jamie-Sue Seal, Siusan O’Rourke, and Doug Austin on piano

Friday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm

For the annual Holiday Sing, host Sally Potter selects seasonal and secular songs, and a few hymns to create a magical night of musical community. Lyric sheets provided. Special guests Jamie-Sue Seal and Susan O'Rourke, and pianist extraordinaire Doug Austin add vocals and accompaniment to this heartwarming, participatory evening.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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January 2019

Heartland Klezmorim – The American Experience: The Musical Journey From The Shtetl

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

The septet Heartland Klezmorim will take listeners on a narrated musical journey, starting in Eastern Europe, through world historical events, including emigration to the United States. You are invited to bear witness to this very special presentation tracing the road of Jewish migration through music.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Matt Watroba and Robert Jones – The American Experience: From Roots to Rap, A Musical Celebration of History and Diversity

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Long-time musical partners, Watroba and Jones will present music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. This is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. This is a musical seminar - not to be missed!

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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February 2019

MWSFF Concert with Joshua Davis

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. For the 17th Annual MWSFF, he present an evening of songs, joined by special guests Jen Sygit and Laura Bates.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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MWSFF Children’s Concert with Sally Rogers

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Sally Rogers has won numerous awards for writing and performing children's music. It is a real treat to have such an accomplished artist present this year's MWSFF Children's Concert, co-produced with the City of East Lansing.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
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MWSFF Afternoon Workshops

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

A highlight of the festival, 6 - 8 afternoon workshops provide another opportunity for our community to sing and play music - together. One $20 wristband is good for the all of the sessions. Students are free! Schedule will be announced on the singing festival.com website no later than Dec. 1, 2018.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Wristband, good for the whole afternoon. Students FREE!

MWSFF Community Sing with Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, Joel Mabus

Saturday, February 2, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday night's Community Sing will be a Michigan reunion of three long-time friends. Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt and Joel Mabus are each expert song leaders. Together it would be hard to name a more talented trio to guide a theatre full of people in an evening of singing.

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East Lansing Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Matthew Byrne – Sunday Concert

Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

From Newfoundland, Matthew Byrne is a stellar interpreter of traditional songs. One of this younger generation's superstars, Byrne fit this special Sunday night show into his very crowded tour schedule. The Fiddle is delighted to present this 'old soul' in a very intimate Robin Theater show.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:00 PM
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John Gorka

Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

"There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talent of John Gorka. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. I will listen to a song that I know all the words to and can sing a long with and then one day sitting at a traffic light I realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that I had missed." - Ben Wakeman, "Take Me to the Bridge"

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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The Seamus Egan Project, featuring Moira Smiley

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Seamus Egan (Solas, Shanachie Records) teams up with vocalist Moira Smiley (VOCO, Jamie Stone Project, to list only a few collaborations), composer and guitarist Kyle Sanna, and multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang, Haas, Walsh and Marshall) to present an incredible evening of world-class music, steeped in the Celtic tradition.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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March 2019

Strangers in the Night: The Bands of Elderly Instruments

Friday, March 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Come enjoy a night of music from folks who sell instruments by day, and then play them after hours. "Strangers in the Night," is just one of the evening's four bands which features employees and friends of Lansing's world-renowned music store, Elderly Instruments.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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ANNUAL PUB SING at The AMP 7:30pm: Finvarra’s Wren, 9pm Pub Sing, led by Sally Potter

Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Detroit-area quartet, Finvarra's Wren, will present a set of Irish songs and tunes, followed by a Pub Sing, led by song leader Sally Potter. Lyric sheets provided. Crafts beer available, refreshments provided.

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Allen Market Place (The AMP) 1629 East Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48912 United States
$15 General Admisson
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The Outside Track – Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

A Scots, Irish, and Cape Breton fusion of songs, tunes and step dance, The Outside Track is a young, tight, very talented, high-energy quintet which combines immense talent from three shores. On the weekend of St. Pat's Day, don't miss live Celtic music at its finest!

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Crys Matthews

Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Presenting songs of our times, "Crys Matthews is a necessary voice. Her depth coupled with her openness and approachability is unmatched. She has a spark that is contagious and shares music that unites us and makes us think." Viviana Benitez, Associate Producer at Lincoln Center and 2017 NewSong judge

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$18 Public; $15 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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The Fretless – Sunday Concert

Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

“People ask us how to make a living in an instrumental folk band,” says second fiddle and viola player, Karrnnel Sawitsky. “My answer is simply put: ‘creatively.’” Sawitsky continues, “When our four voices meet at the center of agreement is when our music echoes most effectively. It’s not the sum of our parts. It’s the individual sum of the band.”

2017 Juno Award Winners: Instrumental Album of the Year

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:00 PM
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April 2019

The Matchsellers & Red Tail Ring: Old Time Duos

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Based in Old-Time music, two incredibly talented and charming duos will share the stage in this exciting twin bill.

The Matchsellers: "The first song I listened to was the one about the Pigeon and the Dove and I said "you're hired." -Larry Groce, NPR's Mountain Stage

Red Tail Ring: "Old-Time Roots; New-Time Sound"
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies.
"The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo." - American Roots UK.

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The Robin Theatre 1105 Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48901 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Sweet Water Warblers: Rachael Davis, May Erlewine, Lindsay Lou

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine have each carved out successful careers on the American Roots Music circuit and have grown to respect each other's work. When they finally gelled into a potent musical force, it was natural - three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop. Their three-part vocal harmonies are sublime, and they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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Pete Seeger – 100th Birthday Celebration, with Mark Dvorak and more

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Chicago song leader extraordinaire Mark Dvorak headlines a full night of songs, community singing and stories surrounding the life of folk music icon, Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014). More performers and song leaders TBA. Lyric sheets provided.

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MSU Community Music School 4930 S. Hagadorn
East Lansing, MI 48823 United States
$20 Public; $18 Fiddle Members; $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30 PM
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