Various highlights from over the years featuring Doug Berch, Doug Austin and many others.
Dec. 4, 2015 and Jan. 16, 2009 performances. “It’s hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess.” -MUSICHOUND FOLK
Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times.
With lyrics supplied, Chouinard lets fly with inventive, often playful, accompaniments, rarely glancing at the keyboard — a feat that one regular considers magic. “It’s kind of his calling,” said the man who’s attended these singalongs for ten years. “I mean, you know he could be playing with anyone, but here he is with us.”
A highlight of the festival, 8 afternoon workshops provide another opportunity for our community to sing and play music – together. One $10 wristband is good for the all of the sessions. Students are free!
MWSFF Children’s Concert, co-produced with the City of East Lansing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land. For the 17th Annual MWSFF, he will present an evening of songs, joined by special guests Jen Sygit and Laura Bates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6-8 workshops involve singing, 4-6 workshops involve instruments. Workshop Leaders will be announced by Dec. 1, 2017
“Parents will be as entertained by the sublime musicianship and droll lyricism as the kids.”
– Boston Globe
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.
“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.com
This St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy Celtic sounds from Monday’s Supper, a Pub Sing led by Sally Potter, Irish desserts and fresh, craft stout and wheat brew from a local brewery.
A wide variety of ten, one-hour workshops: five singing and five instrumental. Workshop Leaders TBD – will be announced by Dec. 1, 2016.
Opening Night! The Friday night Community Sing will be led by Singing Festival favorite – Dan Chouinard.
Come join folk enthusiasts ages 3 – 13 and their family for fun with holiday songs.
Don’t miss this season’s Holiday Sing, hosted by Sally Potter, with special guests Matt Watroba, song leader; Doug Berch, hammered dulcimer; accompanying spoken word artist Ruelaine Stokes; and Doug Austin at the grand piano. Lyric books provided; special ‘family’ pricing.