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:


    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


    Annual Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter with special guests, and Doug Austin on piano

    Friday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm

    For the annual Holiday Sing, host Sally Potter selects seasonal and secular songs, and a few hymns to create a magical night of musical community. Lyric sheets provided. Special guests and pianist extraordinaire Doug Austin add vocals and accompaniment to this heartwarming, participatory evening.

  3. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, December 7 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Martha Vander Kolk, Music: Scarlet Runner String Band

  4. Holiday Sing-A-Long with Carrie Quisenberry

    Saturday, December 14 @ 10:00 am

    Carrie Quisenberry will be leading a sing-a-long of favorite holiday tunes. Come celebrate the season with singing, percussive instruments, and merry making. Songsheets will be provided.

  5. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, December 21 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: TBA, Music: Luke Panning & Friends. Sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association

  6. New Years Eve Contra and Square Dance

    Tuesday, December 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am

    Caller: TBA, Music: TBA

  7. Contra and Square Dance

    Saturday, January 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

    Caller: Julie Levy-Weston, Music: Banjo Tramps


    Connie Kaldor and Garnet Rogers

    Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

    Following two nights at the venerable Hugh’s Room in Toronto, these two highly acclaimed veterans of Canadian folk music will stop by The Fiddle as part of a rare, short Midwest tour. The Fiddle has hosted each of them several times before. Now, both on one night! Do not miss this!

  9. Many Cultures, Many (Unusual) Instruments with Brian Kruschwitz of Yurtfolk

    Saturday, January 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am

    Brian will bring a collection of uncommon, unusual and sometimes downright odd instruments. He will use songs and stories to bring these instruments to life. Some audience members will get to try them out!

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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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