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.
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
“(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.
GROUP KNITTING CIRCLE WITH CHRISTINE AT 6:30! Click event to learn more… “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
“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.
“There is no place to hide on a stage when you play solo or with just one other musician and the award-winning Jones has it down to a fine art.” –Joe Giltrap, Irish Post
“A folk-pop trio from Seattle, performs funny original songs whose exquisite musical detail and subtle needling wit attain a level of craft not often seen in pop” – NY Times
Written by Si Kahn, and performed by Sue Massek, this one woman musical is about the life of labor organizer and musician, Sarah Ogan Gunning.
In tune with the St. Pat’s Day season, the Fiddle features a young, spirited, energetic quintet from Wales.
Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen bridge their distinct yet complimentary musical histories within traditional music.
“Brilliant…She does more than run through her fingertwisting reels and sustained slow airs. Carroll – and her listeners – continually rediscover each melody.” The New York Times
Come hear two of the hottest and up-and-coming performers in today’s acoustic music world –
“Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music. Describing herself as a “Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter,” Amythyst has a repertoire that honors tradition while crossing genres to illuminate many common threads.” ~ Sam Gleaves, The Bluegrass Situation
“I had no idea what to expect when this five foot nothing lady took the stage, all smiles and twinkling eyes and guitar. Then, she opened her mouth and out flew a voice that came straight from the Heavens with all the power and the glory and the truth of someone destined to be a singer. I’ve been blessed with seeing and hearing a lot of talented musicians in my life, but I have never experienced anyone quite like Irish Mythen. She is a force of nature and a gift from Almighty Herself.”
~ Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival
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.
Tom Paxton headlines the 16th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Joining him will be Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Bruce Molsky and his Mountain Drifters will begin the show.
Join Bruce Molsky, Allison de Groot, and Stash Wyslouch for an Old Time Music Jam, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, prior to the Friday night concert at the 16th Annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival.
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.
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.
Dianne Davidson, Deidre McCalla, and Jamie Anderson perform in-the-round for an evening of humor and grace running the gamut from gut-wrenching blues to heartbreakingly tender ballads.
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.
With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.
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!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Melissa Ferrick has cancelled her Friday, April 7 concert. See event for a letter from Melissa.
Long-time Fiddle-favorite, Minneapolis-based singer / songwriter Ann Reed will share her beautiful songs, and hysterical stories with us.
“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.
The acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas with The Winter’s Heart®.
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.
A solo performance by “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” -The New Yorker Co-produced with the East Lansing Women in the Arts Festival.
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.
Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm.