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Jay Ungar and Molly Mason; The Sweet Water Warblers; James Keelaghan – Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival
January 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm-
January 14, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
The 15th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival
Saturday night, January 14, 2017 – Folk Festival
9:30 pm – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
8:30 pm – The Sweet Water Warblers (Rachael Davis, May Erlewine, Lindsay Lou)
7:30 pm – James Keelaghan
Box office open all day, starting at 10:30 am, at the Hannah Community Center
Doors open at of before 7 pm, folk festival starts at 7:30 pm (not 8 pm).
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. The piece was originally inspired by Jay & Molly’s Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps in New York’s Catskill Mountains, which are still going strong today.
Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles: 19th-century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing, along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions.
In recent years, Jay and Molly have reached an ever widening audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries. They’ve had the honor of performing at the White House for two sitting Presidents and continue to tour extensively delighting audiences across the country.
The Sweet Water Warblers
Imagine yourself as a bird in flight floating on the waves of a gentle fall breeze. Each sweep and plunge has the power to shake you and somehow still cradles you like the hum of a mother’s lullaby or the high of a southern gospel choir. This dynamic among fierce, tender, and strikingly familiar is what you can expect from the highly anticipated ensemble of these three front women and songbirds of the Earthwork Music Collective.
Powerful singers and songwriters in their own bands, Rachael Davis (Shout Sister Shout, The Rachael Davis Band), Lindsay Lou (Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys, Time & Luck) and May Erlewine (Seth & May, May Erlewine, and The Moonlighters) came together upon a festival organizer’s request for the first time as The Sweet Water Warblers in 2014 at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in Northern Michigan.
After a couple of years of touring, writing and releasing records independently, they’re reuniting with a handful of co-written and hand selected songs for an intimate show that they’re bringing to the Lower Peninsula’s best acoustic music venues.
Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected and lauded music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, intent and intensity, and curiosity.
Fusing his insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline Keelaghan also forges his pieces with brilliantly defined craftsmanship and a monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices of not only the Canadian scene, but as a member of the international singer-songwriter community.
Armed with a songbook that has enlightened and enthralled, and been embraced, by audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey. We are delighted that Keelaghan’s journey will bring him to the Ten Pound Fiddle for the Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival.