New this year!
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While all events are open to the public, membership to the Lansing Area Folksong Society is available to anyone who would like to join. We’ve added three new levels of membership this year for those who wish to further support the Ten Pound Fiddle financially.

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Your membership card will be mailed to you.

Help keep the Lansing area music and dance community thriving! Consider making a tax deductible donation to the Lansing Area Folk Society.

Upcoming events:

  1. Looking Glass Music & Dance Festival

    Friday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm - Sunday, October 20 @ 12:00 am

    Callers: Roger Diggle & Alexandra Deis-Lauby. Music: Hot Point String Band. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.


    Joel Mabus

    Friday, October 25 @ 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


    Asaran Earth Trio

    Friday, November 1 @ 7:30 pm

    “They perform their spectacular harmonies and scatting with percussive rhythm accompaniment. (…) When they sing traditional songs these women demonstrate their real vocal prowess.” - Songlines

  4. John French

    Sing, Play and Dance with John French and his ukulele

    Saturday, November 2 @ 10:00 am

    Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family to Sing, Play and Dance with John French and his ukulele.

  5. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, November 2 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Rick Szumski, Music: Mike, Myron & Paul


    Natalia Zukerman’s musical presentation of “The Women Who Rode Away”

    Friday, November 8 @ 7:30 pm

    "...this is simply one of the most compelling and riveting events we have ever hosted on The Extended Play Sessions. It speaks of empowerment, struggle, tolerance, perseverance and history and the timeliness of this project could not be more poignant. A woman, seated alone on a stage, paying tribute to women...with beauty, style, grace and a boatload of talent!”
    - Bill Hurley - Producer, The Extended Play Sessions



    Friday, November 15 @ 7:30 pm

    Internationally acclaimed vocal group Windborne is known for the power and innovation of their arrangements, as well as their unrivaled mastery of polyphonic music from around the world. Currently Windborne is touring a project called Song on the Times, songs of social struggle from movements over the past 400 years.

  8. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Maeve Devlin, Music: Banjo Tramps. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association


    Amythyst Kiah (Wednesday)

    Wednesday, November 20 @ 7:30 pm

    “Amythyst Kiah is one of roots music’s most exciting emerging talents, blending a deep knowledge of old time music with sensibilities spanning classic country to contemporary R&B.”— ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

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About the Fiddle

We like to joke that the Ten Pound Fiddle is more a “state of mind” than it is a “place.”

However, The Fiddle is best described as an organization of volunteers that has presented concerts and dances in a variety of  Lansing/East Lansing area venues since our inception in 1975.  Click here for more info about our venues. For more about our formative years, take a look at Bob Blackman’s A Brief History of the Ten Pound Fiddle.

If you think bringing this wide range of music and dance to the community is important or would enjoy seeing how it happens “behind the scenes” – please consider joining us! Volunteers are always welcome. Learn more.

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