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Holiday Sing Highlights, hosted by Sally Potter

Streaming Friday, December 11


January 1, 2021


Various highlights from over the years featuring Doug Berch, Doug Austin and many others.

From the Archives:

Audio from various Holiday Sings through the years will be available streaming here, during the dates listed above.

Donations for this streaming event can be sent directly to the Ten Pound Fiddle.

The Holiday Sing is always filled with songs about Christmas, the Winter Solstice, snow and much more!

Watch the New York Times video about community singing in Lansing and read the New York Times article.

WKAR did a special on Community Singing – check it out here. Excerpts from a previous Holiday Sing at 21:38.

Learn more about community singing at www.singingfestival.com.

Sally Potter

When Sally Potter isn’t directing the Mid-Winter Singing Festival, the annual Holiday Sing, monthly Community Sings, or singing with Sistrum, The Greater Lansing’s Women’s Chorus, she is teaching Personal Finance to 150 seniors at Waverly High School, Lansing.

Sally’s grandmother, Lillian Paulson Potter was an opera singer, and later, a church choir director, producing countless community events over a fifty-year span. Her uncle, Brian Shanley, played Dixieland jazz clarinet with Bob Scoby in Chicago in the 50’s. Yet it was when her brother Tom taught her Old-Time tunes on his back-up banjo that Sally settled into the folk music world.

A mainstay in the Mid-Michigan folk music community since 1984, Sally was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from FARM, Folk Alliance Region Mid-West. From 1989 – 2001, Sally, Betsy Clinton and Pat Madden were members of the very popular folk trio, Second Opinion. In 2005, Sally released her fifth CD, this one together with Madden, entitled, “it’s about time.”

In 2003, Sally organized the first Mid-Winter Singing Festival, now an annual event where hundreds of people get together on the first weekend in February – just to sing. (www.singingfestival.com) Since then, she has continued to perform, song lead, and help produce numerous music events, including the annual Holiday Sing. She is also the volunteer concert booking manager for the 45 year-old Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series.


Doug Berch

By day, luthier Doug Berch makes mountain dulcimers in Haslett, Michigan. (www.dougberch.com
By night, multi-instrumentalist Doug Berch can be found on stage and in the studio, playing a wide variety of styles. He has been performing, teaching and making dulcimers since the mid 1970’s. During the 1980’s, he toured throughout the United States and performed at many folk festivals, dulcimer festivals and concert venues. He recorded two solo recordings for Kicking Mule Records.
In 1983, Doug took first place in both the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship and the National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas.
In the early 1990’s, he recorded a tune he composed on hammered dulcimer called, “Ocean of Wisdom” that has been performed and recorded by several other hammered dulcimer players. His work appears on dozens of albums and soundtracks as a support musician.
For ten years, he performed, recorded and toured with the Celtic ensemble, Colcannon, and taught at The Swallow Hill School of Music in Denver.
“Musically I am inspired by the traditional music of the world, the rock and roll I grew up with and anything else that comes along,” Doug says. 
This will be Doug’s tenth year of adding hammered dulcimer pieces, stories and inspired commentary to the annual Holiday Sing.  https://www.dougberch.com

Ruelaine Stokes

Ruelaine Stokes is a writer, teacher, and spoken word artist based in Lansing, Michigan. She gives poetry readings, lectures, and workshops on poetry, oral performance, and creative writing. As a performer, her voice is wonderfully expressive and captures the dynamics, pacing and emotional color that bring a poem to life.
Since the late 80s, Ruelaine has been a major force on the Lansing arts scene, working as an organizer of poetry readings, art exhibits, and concerts. She currently serves as the president of the Lansing Poetry Club, a group dedicated to presenting the finest in performance poetry, and a lively open mic. 
In addition to her experience as a performer and writer, Ruelaine has degrees in English literature from Stanford University and Michigan State University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Professionally, she worked for 30 years teaching English as a Second Language—at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. 

Doug Austin

A fixture of the local classical music and musical theatre scenes, pianist Doug Austin has lent his composing, arranging and performance skills to countless productions in Greater Lansing and around the state.
An award-winning real estate attorney, Doug complements his life in a suit with time behind the piano, writing new pieces or adding riffs and patterns to classic selections. He has written entire musicals, been musical director of several local productions, and accompanied almost every local musical group in the area. 
This will be Doug’s fifth appearance at the annual Holiday Sing. When you hear the piano filling in the sound, playing the perfect chord at the perfect time, moving the piece along… that’s Doug. 

Marzieh Ghiasi

Marzieh Ghiasi is an Iranian-Canadian poet, as well as a graduate student at Michigan State University, where she is studying for a medical degree, as well as a degree in epidemiology. 
Marzieh was recently a featured poet at the Lansing Poetry Club in Old Town. She is a frequent reader at the monthly Poetry Room at The Robin Theatre, in Lansing, and at other venues.





Friday, December 11
January 1, 2021
The musicians have given permission to replay their concerts. The donation link(s) will allow listeners to send a donation directly to these artists.
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