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.
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
“The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.” – American Roots UK.
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 five bands which features employees and friends of Lansing’s world-renowned music store, Elderly Instruments.
Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. For the 17th Annual MWSFF, he will present an evening of songs, joined by special guests Jen Sygit and Laura Bates.
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!
“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
“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
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.
“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
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.
SPECIAL THURSDAY SHOW! The Fiddle features three fine Michigan-based singer songwriters in a round robin format at Lansing’s Robin Theatre, REO Town.
Do you love to sing?
Come sing great songs with fabulous song leaders on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the 16th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival.
Lyric books provided. Just come and sing, with your community, all night long.
Join the Ten Pound Fiddle community as “The Fiddle” welcomes four talented Michigan songwriters for an evening of songs and stories.
Join your friends at the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series when “The Fiddle” welcomes three of Michigan’s favorite Old Time fiddlers for a night of tunes, songs and the stories behind the music.
Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land.
Don’t miss this season’s Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter, with special guests Neill Campbell, Pianist;
Lindsay Snyder, Vocalist; Doug Berch, Hammered Dulcimer; Ruelaine Stokes, Spoken Word. Lyric books provided.
Join May Erlewine for a heart opening, poignant journey as she releases her new record, Mother Lion. This hand picked and soulful band has crafted a very special evening of song meant to move you.
A last minute change brings the Reverend Robert B Jones to the fiddle stage. Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Lansing’s The Dangling Participles open.
A Chenille Sisters performance is a blending of three uniquely gifted souls into a musical phenomenon that’s more poignant, funny and entertaining than any single performer anywhere – and oh, those exquisite harmonies!
“It’s rare to hear something new and exciting in the realm of folk/roots music, but the careful alchemists of The Ragbirds have given us just that!” -Bryan Rodgers, Homegrown Music Network
“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
Come enjoy a delightful, musical evening, and spend Inauguration Day coming together as a community to welcome their CD, “We Are Welcomed.”
The 15th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival – Concert featuring 6 incredible songwriters.
Don’t miss this season’s Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter, with special guests Matt Watroba, song leader; Doug Berch, hammered dulcimer; accompanying spoken word artist Ruelaine Stokes; and Doug Austin at the grand piano. Lyric books provided; special ‘family’ pricing.
They have spent the last few years barnstorming the country, and Europe, honing their craft. Now, in high demand, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys have set aside time to visit friends and share their music in their native Michigan.
Before settling in Ann Arbor, Kitty spent time in East Lansing, raising two kids and taking a turn booking Ten Pound Fiddle concerts! Then, she began to tour, and has not looked back. The Ten Pound Fiddle is delighted to help Kitty celebrate the release of her latest CD, “The Irishman’s Daughter.”