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…’
Lyrics and set list:
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Want more? View the entire program booklet! (as prepared for printing)
How Can I Keep From Singing
Goin’ Down to Cairo
Woody Knows Nothin’
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Young At Heart
I Feel Pretty
Learning To Smile All Over Again (John Hartford)
Well May The World Go (Seeger)
All Comer Choir
Rachel Alexander, Director
arranged by Rachel Alexander
I’m Sitting on Top of the World / Red Red Robin (Al Jolson Medley)
The Happy Wanderer (valderi, valdera)
I’m in the Mood For Love
Sweet Baby James (Taylor)
Somebody Touched Me (Dillards bluegrass gospel)
I Shall Be Released (Dylan)
The Times They are a Changing (Dylan)
This Land Is Your Land (Woody’s original lyrics)
Day Is Done (Peter Yarrow)
Ce Sera Sera
Pat Madden (Link TBD)
Frank Youngman (Link TBD)