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

Upcoming events:


    Dennis Stroughmatt and L’esprit Creole (Trio)

    Friday, September 20 @ 7:30 pm

    With driving fiddle tunes, haunting ballads, fast paced “chanson a répondre” (response songs) and even some Mississippi river swing, this is a band that inspires, entertains and dares you not to enjoy it.

  2. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Bev Bernbaum, Music: TBA. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association


    Bill Staines

    Friday, September 27 @ 7:30 pm

    "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew." - Nanci Griffith


    Tannahill Weavers

    Friday, October 4 @ 7:30 pm

    Scottish trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers return to East Lansing! Join them as they perform their favourite tunes and songs with bagpipes, fiddle, flute, harmony vocals, and plenty of laughs. For 2019 they've got the inimitable Mike Katz on bagpipes - don't miss it! Remember Celtic Music + Humor = FUN.

  5. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, October 5 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Mike Clark, Music: Askin’ for Trouble


    May Erlewine – CD Release

    Friday, October 11 @ 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

  7. Children’s Show with May Erlewine

    Saturday, October 12 @ 10:00 am

    Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 - 13 and their family for a Children’s Show with May Erlewine!


    “Mother Jones in Heaven” – A Musical by Si Kahn (Wednesday)

    Wednesday, October 16 @ 7:30 pm

    Mother Jones In Heaven - a musical by Si Kahn starring Vivian Nesbitt as “Mother” Jones, with musical accompaniment by John Dillon. Legendary labor organizer “Mother”Jones looks back over her life in story and song. Kahn's musical reveals profound insights, interwoven with hilarious tales of a hellion in her prime.


    Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds

    Friday, October 18 @ 7:30 pm

    Led by dynamic, multi-instrumentalist front-woman Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds create music that is equally danceable, intelligent and vulnerable. They incorporate indie-pop melodies, global-infused beats, rock guitar riffs and folk sensibilities in a high-energy live show which leaves every listener in a higher place than when it began.

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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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