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Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival Highlights

Streaming Friday, January 29

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Friday, February 12

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Various performances including Mark Dvorak, Pat Madden, Frank Youngman, and Joel Mabus. Also featured is Rachel Alexander and the All-Comers Festival Choir.

From the Archives:

Audio of the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival, February 4, 2012.


On a cold, February evening in 2003, 500 people gathered at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. They were there to sing wonderful songs. Together.
This year’s Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival would have been number 19.
While we cannot be physically together to share sound and energy this year, we can all enjoy this recording of the Singing Festival from Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
The night’s song leaders included Mark Dvorak, Pat Madden, Joel Mabus and Frank Youngman, all veteran song leaders. In fact, Mark, Pat and Joel were all part of the 2003 inaugural Singing Festival, with Frank joining the rotation a few years later.
Also featured is one song performed by the All-Comers Festival Choir, directed by Rachel Alexander. A favorite feature of many Singing Festivals, this 50-person, ad hoc choir learns one four-part song in the late afternoon and presents it at the beginning of the second set that evening. In 2012, the selection was a beautiful arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace.’
More information about community singing and hundreds of photos of past Mid-Winter Singing Festivals can be found at www.singingfestival.com. All photos were taken by Singing Festival photographer Roxanne Frith.
If the moon, and the stars, and the vaccines align, the Ten Pound Fiddle plans to produce the next Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival in late January/early February 2022.
Until then, ‘How Can I Keep From Singing…’
You might also enjoy this 2008 New York Times video and this 2008 New York Times article about community singing in mid-Michigan.

Lyrics and set list:

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Want more? View the entire program booklet! (as prepared for printing)

SET ONE

ALL
How Can I Keep From Singing

MARK   
Goin’ Down to Cairo
Woody Knows Nothin’ 

JOEL
Darby Ram 
Inchworm 

PAT  
Somewhere Over The Rainbow 
Young At Heart

FRANK 
I Feel Pretty
Learning To Smile All Over Again (John Hartford)

MARK
Hallelujah (Cohen)

PAT
Well May The World Go (Seeger) 

INTERMISSION

All Comer Choir
Rachel Alexander, Director

AMAZING GRACE
arranged by Rachel Alexander

SET TWO

JOEL
I’m Sitting on Top of the World / Red Red Robin (Al Jolson Medley) 

PAT
The Happy Wanderer (valderi, valdera)

FRANK
I’m in the Mood For Love

MARK
Sweet Baby James (Taylor)

JOEL
Somebody Touched Me (Dillards bluegrass gospel)

PAT
I Shall Be Released (Dylan)

FRANK
The Times They are a Changing  (Dylan)

MARK
This Land Is Your Land (Woody’s original lyrics)

JOEL
Day Is Done (Peter Yarrow)

PAT
Imagine

FRANK
Ce Sera Sera 

Mark Dvorak
Joel Mabus
Pat Madden (Link TBD)
Frank Youngman (Link TBD)

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Details

Start:
Friday, January 29
End:
Friday, February 12
Cost:
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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