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Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle, and reimagine traditional music. Join the Fiddle for this very, very special mid-week concert, to be held at Urban Beat, a new, intimate performance space on the first block of Turner Street, in Lansing's Old Town.Find out more »
A Chenille Sisters performance is a blending of three uniquely gifted souls into a musical phenomenon that's more poignant, funny and entertaining than any single performer anywhere - and oh, those exquisite harmonies!Find out more »
A last minute change brings the Reverend Robert B Jones to the fiddle stage. Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. Lansing's The Dangling Participles open.Find out more »
"At every festival I hope to find the gift of one artist whose songwriting and performance stand out. Joe Crookston was that gift for me this year at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Stunning performance, great songs, and not a word wasted! I LOVE That!" David Francey - Songwriter OntarioFind out more »
With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma's Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.Find out more »
"The Fitzgeralds are standout musicians in our Canadian music industry...The caliber of musicianship is very high- I think together they are beautiful blend of gorgeous fiddle music, and top rate, absolutely exhilarating dance routines." -Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton Fiddling SensationFind out more »
"Joel Mabus is one of contemporary folk music's most eclectic performers. A skilled guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin player and melodic songwriter, Mabus has played everything from traditional folk tunes to bluegrass, blues, and original songs." -Craig Harris at AllMusic.comFind out more »
Women In The Arts Festival presents We’re Not Dead Yet, featuring Jamie Anderson, Dianne Davidson, and Deidre McCalla
Dianne Davidson, Deidre McCalla, and Jamie Anderson perform in-the-round for an evening of humor and grace running the gamut from gut-wrenching blues to heartbreakingly tender ballads.Find out more »
Co-produced with the Peace Education Center in conjunction with it's Alternative Holiday sale. "The singers of Windborne have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony." -Peter AmidonFind out more »
Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter, with Neill Campbell, Lindsay Snyder, Doug Berch and Ruelaine Stokes
Don't miss this season's Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter, with special guests Neill Campbell, Pianist;
Lindsay Snyder, Vocalist; Doug Berch, Hammered Dulcimer; Ruelaine Stokes, Spoken Word. Lyric books provided.
Join your friends at the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series when "The Fiddle" welcomes three of Michigan's favorite Old Time fiddlers for a night of tunes, songs and the stories behind the music.Find out more »
Join the Ten Pound Fiddle community as "The Fiddle" welcomes four talented Michigan songwriters for an evening of songs and stories.Find out more »
MWSFF Concert with Tom Paxton, with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Tom Paxton headlines the 16th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Joining him will be Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Bruce Molsky and his Mountain Drifters will begin the show.Find out more »
"Parents will be as entertained by the sublime musicianship and droll lyricism as the kids."
- Boston Globe
MWSFF Community Sing with Robert Jones, May Erlewine, Matt Watroba, Mark Dvorak, Joel Mabus, Frank Youngman
Do you love to sing?
Come sing great songs with fabulous song leaders on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at the 16th Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival.
Lyric books provided. Just come and sing, with your community, all night long.Find out more »
Come hear two of the hottest and up-and-coming performers in today's acoustic music world -
"Kiah is an important and innovative presence in contemporary traditional music. Describing herself as a "Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter," Amythyst has a repertoire that honors tradition while crossing genres to illuminate many common threads." ~ Sam Gleaves, The Bluegrass Situation
"I had no idea what to expect when this five foot nothing lady took the stage, all smiles and twinkling eyes and guitar. Then, she opened her mouth and out flew a voice that came straight from the Heavens with all the power and the glory and the truth of someone destined to be a singer. I've been blessed with seeing and hearing a lot of talented musicians in my life, but I have never experienced anyone quite like Irish Mythen. She is a force of nature and a gift from Almighty Herself."
~ Lisa Schwartz, Philadelphia Folk Festival
Join your friends and your community for local favorite Kitty Donahoe (7:30pm) followed by a Pub Sing (9pm), led by Sally Potter. There will be a cash bar, featuring two local craft brews, and complimentary coffee, tea, cider, cookies, and pretzels. Pub Sing song sheets will be provided.Find out more »
SPECIAL THURSDAY SHOW! The Fiddle features three fine Michigan-based singer songwriters in a round robin format at Lansing's Robin Theatre, REO Town.Find out more »
Each player in The Alt is a leading light of today's folk scene and though this could be easily called a supergroup. At its heart, The Alt is really a celebration of friendship and song.Find out more »
SPECIAL WEDNESDAY SHOW! "If you've seen them before, you already know. And if you've never seen them, words won't do them justice. Le Vent du Nord is one of the best bands touring today, no matter your musical taste" - SYRACUSE NEWS TIMEFind out more »
Ken and Reggie will help the Fiddle celebrate Pete Seeger's 99th birthday (a day late). Come listen, and sing the songs we know, the songs Pete taught us. Together.Find out more »
What happens when four friends get together to plan a couple of sets of favorites? We'll find out! We do know that ukuleles, harmonicas, trumpets, pedal steel guitars, guitars, vocals, harmonies, along with a myriad of surprises, will be involved.Find out more »
"However, the group actually started out as a trio ... and for a new album and current concerts, original member Libby Glover has rejoined David Tamulevich and Michael Hough. Her presence brings a whole new dimension to the Mustard's Retreat sound, yet the transition sounds just like it feels ... perfectly natural." - Bob Needham, Pulp, Ann Arbor
"...music to cure what ails you." - Michigan TimesFind out more »
Renowned primarily for his extraordinary prowess on Uilleann pipes and whistles, Henderson is fast emerging as an equally gifted vocalist. (Similar to last season's Le Vent Du Nord show) this very special Sunday concert is one of those extraordinary events you will not want to miss!Find out more »
Hear one of the world's best on mandolin, backed by familiar, stellar Michigan musicians, in the intimate Robin Theater for this very special Thursday night show with Don Julin on mandolin, Joe Wilson on dobro, Kevin Gills on bass and David Collini on cajon.Find out more »
“Music of the 1960s” – Sunday Afternoon Two Audio/ Visual Presentations by Dick Rosemont, FBC Co-Founder
1 - 3 pm: 1960s Rock Music Overview; 4 - 6 pm: The Rise and Influence of Motown. Dick Rosemont will present an entertaining and incisive look at the music environment of the 1960s. It was a significant period for changes in all aspects of culture and the music business. Hear some of the significant songs of the era and recordings that influenced future artists and styles. The first session provides a general overview of 1960s rock as it evolved musically, culturally, and commercially: from pre-Beatles pop to later-decade "acid rock." The second session looks at Motown and its influences, tracing the rise and success of the largest black-owned company in the country, and its impact on music culture.Find out more »
Jen's fourth studio album "It's About Time," is produced by long time friend and collaborator Dominic John Davis (bassist for Jack White, Buddy Miller, North Mississippi Allstars, Joshua Davis). This new collection of original songs is an eclectic sonic journey drawing influence from a cross section of middle America, from the Gulf Shore sands to the Great Lakes basin. "It's About Time" was engineered at La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo by Ian Gorman and features a talented ensemble of players including Davis, Drew Howard, Mike Lynch, Geoff Lewis and Ross Huff.Find out more »
This is old-time music for today's old soul.
Chris Coole on banjo, John Showman on fiddle and Max Heineman on bass bring a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation to the performance and material, and a passion for the sound that transcends both.
"Three of the most accomplished Old-Time musicians on the planet, the Lonesome Ace Stringband does a masterful job melding their talents"-Brad Kolodner (WAMU Washington, DC)Find out more »
GROUP KNITTING CIRCLE WITH CHRISTINE AT 6:30! Click event to learn more... "Christine Lavin is an incredibly witty songwriter and storyteller, with a flair for the creative, the dramatic, and the humorous. It is precisely her take on the ordinary that makes her work so extraordinary." -Village VoiceFind out more »
Moira Smiley is a singer's singer, with such an engaging presence that you want to sing with her - no matter where the sound goes. If you love to sing, do not miss this evening of singing with one of the very, very best leaders of song.Find out more »
"(LAURA LOVE) will shake the world. The clincher is her live show...She's that rare artist who can slip from sensitive folk to hip-hop without skipping a beat. -Utne Reader
Laura Love is an award winning "folk-funk" singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring the world since the early 1990s.Find out more »
Sam Gleaves is a leader in the next generation of exquisite folk singers. "Courageous as hell and country to the bone -- Amazingly talented Sam Gleaves, the best young songwriter around, heads into new territory with his brilliant album AIN'T WE BROTHERS, joined by a group of world-class musicians and singers. Varied, intelligent, moving - these songs stay with you." -Lee Smith, Appalachian author
Co-produced with the Peace Education Center and held in conjunction with its Alternative Holiday SaleFind out more »
Annual Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter wsg Jamie-Sue Seal, Siusan O’Rourke, Doug Berch, poet Ruelaine Stokes and Doug Austin on piano
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 Jamie-Sue Seal and Susan O'Rourke, Doug Berch, poet Ruelaine Stokes and pianist extraordinaire Doug Austin add vocals and accompaniment to this heartwarming, participatory evening.Find out more »
The septet Heartland Klezmorim will take listeners on a narrated musical journey, starting in Eastern Europe, through world historical events, including emigration to the United States. You are invited to bear witness to this very special presentation tracing the road of Jewish migration through music.Find out more »
Matt Watroba and Robert Jones – The American Experience: From Roots to Rap, A Musical Celebration of History and Diversity
Long-time musical partners, Watroba and Jones will present music that reflects history, social change, migration, hopes and dreams. This is music that is rich and diverse, direct and powerful. This is a musical seminar - not to be missed!Find out more »
Sally Rogers has won numerous awards for writing and performing children's music. It is a real treat to have such an accomplished artist present this year's MWSFF Children's Concert, co-produced with the City of East Lansing.Find out more »
A highlight of the festival, 6 - 8 afternoon workshops provide another opportunity for our community to sing and play music - together. One $20 wristband is good for the all of the sessions. Students are free! Schedule will be announced on the singing festival.com website no later than Dec. 1, 2018.Find out more »
Saturday night's Community Sing will be a Michigan reunion of three long-time friends. Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt and Joel Mabus are each expert song leaders. Together it would be hard to name a more talented trio to guide a theatre full of people in an evening of singing.Find out more »
From Newfoundland, Matthew Byrne is a stellar interpreter of traditional songs. One of this younger generation's superstars, Byrne fit this special Sunday night show into his very crowded tour schedule. The Fiddle is delighted to present this 'old soul' in a very intimate Robin Theater show.Find out more »
"There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talent of John Gorka. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. I will listen to a song that I know all the words to and can sing a long with and then one day sitting at a traffic light I realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that I had missed." - Ben Wakeman, "Take Me to the Bridge"Find out more »
Seamus Egan (Solas, Shanachie Records) teams up with composer and guitarist Kyle Sanna, and multi-instrumentalist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang, Haas, Walsh and Marshall) to present an incredible evening of world-class music, steeped in the Celtic tradition.Find out more »
Come enjoy a night of music from folks who sell instruments by day, and then play them after hours. "Strangers in the Night," is just one of the evening's five bands which features employees and friends of Lansing's world-renowned music store, Elderly Instruments.Find out more »
Detroit-area quartet, Finvarra's Wren, will present a set of Irish songs and tunes, followed by a Pub Sing, led by song leader Sally Potter. Lyric sheets provided. Crafts beer available, refreshments provided.Find out more »
A Scots, Irish, and Cape Breton fusion of songs, tunes and step dance, The Outside Track is a young, tight, very talented, high-energy quintet which combines immense talent from three shores. On the weekend of St. Pat's Day, don't miss live Celtic music at its finest!
Annual Ten Pound Fiddle Membership Meeting, 6 pm - 7 pm. All are welcome. (Only) Fiddle members vote on any issues. Meet the Fiddle Board of Directors. MSU Community Music School, East Lansing.Find out more »
Presenting songs of our times, "Crys Matthews is a necessary voice. Her depth coupled with her openness and approachability is unmatched. She has a spark that is contagious and shares music that unites us and makes us think." Viviana Benitez, Associate Producer at Lincoln Center and 2017 NewSong judgeFind out more »
“People ask us how to make a living in an instrumental folk band,” says second fiddle and viola player, Karrnnel Sawitsky. “My answer is simply put: ‘creatively.’” Sawitsky continues, “When our four voices meet at the center of agreement is when our music echoes most effectively. It’s not the sum of our parts. It’s the individual sum of the band.”
2017 Juno Award Winners: Instrumental Album of the YearFind out more »
Based in Old-Time music, two incredibly talented and charming duos will share the stage in this exciting twin bill.
The Matchsellers: "The first song I listened to was the one about the Pigeon and the Dove and I said "you're hired." -Larry Groce, NPR's Mountain Stage
Red Tail Ring: "The very best of the 21st century's minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo." - American Roots UK.Find out more »
Michigan songbirds, Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou and May Erlewine have each carved out successful careers on the American Roots Music circuit and have grown to respect each other's work. When they finally gelled into a potent musical force, it was natural - three singing sirens and multi-instrumentalists whose repertoire swings from gospel and bluegrass to soul and even joyful interpretations of pop. Their three-part vocal harmonies are sublime, and they trade instruments including mountain fiddle and banjo, uke, guitar and double bass.Find out more »
Join Chicago song leader extraordinaire Mark Dvorak and special guest Roger Brown for a full night of songs, community singing and stories surrounding the life of folk music icon, Pete Seeger (1919 - 2014). Lyric sheets provided. Come early for a special warm-up with Mark Dvorak from 6-7 pm.Find out more »
Phil Ochs Song Night, with Reggie Harris, Greg Greenway, Tom Prasado-Rao, Pat Wictor, and host Sonny Ochs
An evening of Phil Ochs songs hosted by Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister. The focus will be less on the man, more on his indelible legacy of music and its uncanny relevancy. Interpreting his songs will be four of the most adept and compelling voices of the modern acoustic music scene: Reggie Harris, Tom Prasada-
Rao, Pat Wictor, and Greg Greenway.