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.

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

Upcoming events:


    MWSFF Concert: House of Hamill, and Liz Carroll with Nic Gareiss and harpist Maeve Gilchrist

    Friday, January 31 @ 7:30 pm

    Chicago’s premier Irish fiddler Liz Carroll is joined by harpist Maeve Gilchrist, and Lansing’s own dance phenom Nic Gareiss. Opening the night will be intricate, unpredictable arrangements of traditional songs and fiddle tunes; compelling and catchy original songs and completely unexpected covers, by Philadelphia's House of Hamill.

  2. MWSFF Children’s Concert with Mark Dvorak

    Saturday, February 1 @ 11:00 am

    MWSFF Children's Concert, co-produced with the City of East Lansing.

  3. MWSFF Afternoon Workshops

    Saturday, February 1 @ 12:00 pm

    A highlight of the festival, 8 afternoon workshops provide another opportunity for our community to sing and play music - together. One $10 wristband is good for the all of the sessions. Students are free!

  4. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, February 1 @ 7:00 pm

    Band: Scarlet Runner String Band, with Caller: Peter Baker


    MWSFF Community Sing with Songleader Dan Chouinard

    Saturday, February 1 @ 7:30 pm

    With lyrics supplied, Chouinard lets fly with inventive, often playful, accompaniments, rarely glancing at the keyboard — a feat that one regular considers magic. “It’s kind of his calling,” said the man who’s attended these singalongs for ten years. “I mean, you know he could be playing with anyone, but here he is with us."


    The Fabulous Heftones and Friends

    Friday, February 7 @ 7:30 pm

    Playing the tunes and ditties of the 1920's and more.


    Sweet Water Warblers: Rachael Davis, May Erlewine, Lindsay Lou

    Friday, February 14 @ 7:30 pm

    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.

  8. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, February 15 @ 7:00 pm

    Band: Asking for Trouble with Caller: Julie Levy Weston. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association.


    Cheryl Wheeler

    Friday, February 21 @ 7:30 pm

    Brilliant, hysterical performances and beautifully crafted songs. Cheryl Wheeler is a "Rare artist...strong poetry, complex melodies, clever wit." -SingOut!

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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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