Folk Music & Dance Bringing the best of to Mid-Michigan since 1975. VIEW THE SCHEDULE Sweet Water Warblers: Rachael Davis, May Erlewine, Lindsay Lou
Friday, January 28, 2022
Songwriting VIEW THE SCHEDULE Yellow Room Gang
Friday, September 24, 2021
Traditional Folk VIEW THE SCHEDULE Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Activism VIEW THE SCHEDULE Reggie Harris
Friday, November 19, 2021
Acoustic Roots
VIEW THE SCHEDULE Jake Blount and His Band
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Contra Dances VIEW THE SCHEDULE Music and Movement with Musicians VIEW THE SCHEDULE Mid-Winter Singing Festival Community Sing, Singing Workshops and Children's Concert SEE FESTIVAL EVENTS Community Sing Song Leader Lea Gilmore Friday, February 4, 2022 Community Singing SEE SINGING EVENTS Emma´s Revolution: Pat Humphries and Sandy O.
Friday, April 29, 2022
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Help keep the Lansing area music and dance community thriving! Consider making a tax deductible donation to the Lansing Area Folk Society.

All donations help the Ten Pound Fiddle underwrite the two-hour folk music radio show, “Folk with Matt Watroba,” heard Sundays from 6-8 pm, on WKAR radio, 90.5 FM and streamed via WKAR.ORG

Purchase or renew your membership online

Membership to the Lansing Area Folksong Society is available to anyone who would like to join.

Members receive $2-5 off every 2021-2022 concert and dance tickets, and the Ten Pound Fiddle community’s highest level of gratitude.  

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Upcoming Events:


    Joel Mabus

    Friday, October 29 @ 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


    John Gorka 

    Friday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm

    “…the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement” – Rolling Stone
    John Gorka has been a mainstay in the folk music community for over 30 years. Every 3-4 years, he stops by the Fiddle to share some new pieces and help us remember his classics.


    Richie and Rosie

    Friday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm

    “The air left the room when Richie and Rosie sang their first notes together...everyone had their breath taken away at once. ” — Jen Hughes, Bluegrass Today
    Richie Sternes (banjo; The Horse Flies, Natalie Merchant) and Rosie Newton (fiddle and accordion; The Duhks) are a dynamic duo in the world of Old Time music, and beyond.


    Reggie Harris, Alternative Holiday Sale Concert

    Friday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm

    A favorite of Singing Festival fans, peace and justice activist Reggie Harris will present the Friday night Ten Pound Fiddle concert within the annual two-day Alternative Holiday Gift Sale sponsored by the Peace Education Center at Edgewood Church, East Lansing.


    Sound an Echo: Sara Pajunen and Rachael Kilgour

    Friday, December 3 @ 7:30 pm

    In Sound an Echo, Rachael Kilgour and Sara Pajunen bridge their distinct yet complementary musical histories within traditional music from their European heritages. What happens when a Finnish fiddler extraordinaire teams up with a veteran singer songwriter? Magic. These Minnesota natives match energy, speed and intonation and deliver an evening of solid sound and song.


    Holiday Sing with song leader Sally Potter, and Doug Austin, Doug Berch and Special Guests

    Friday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm

    For 17 years, song leader and banjoist Sally Potter has invited the community to sing holiday songs - together. With familiar faces Doug Austin on the grand piano and Doug Berch on hammered dulcimer, Potter and special guests lead familiar selections surrounding winter, Solstice, peace, Christmas, and beyond. Lyric sheets provided.

  7. New Years Eve Contra and Square Dance

    December 31, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am

    New Years Eve Dance with Gaye Fifer and The John’s.
    Come to celebrate Christy and John English’s anniversary!


    The Chenille Sisters, wsg The Royal Garden Trio

    January 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

    From Ann Arbor, the Chenille Sisters return to the same building where they played their first Ten Pound Fiddle performance 30 years ago.    Word was out. That night, the Copper Chimney Lounge was packed to the brim. For this show, we'll be in the much larger sanctuary. The night will begin with a shorter set by the incredibly talented, Michigan-based Royal Garden Trio.  

  9. Frank Youngman and Seth Barnard

    Frank Youngman and Seth Bernard

    January 21, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

    Singing Festival favorite and Lost World String Band founder, Frank Youngman teams up with Earthworks Music founder, songwriter and environmental activist Seth Bernard for a night of these two great friends sharing music, stories and fun.

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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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