Do you remember when going to a folk concert meant
singing popular folk songs with the performers?
Would you like to spend an evening, or a whole weekend, singing
great songs with some of the country's favorite folk musicians?
The Ten Pound
Fiddle Coffeehouse and the City
of East Lansing are proud to co-produce
the TWELFTH annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival to take place
on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2014, at East
Lansing's Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing,
MI. View complete schedule here.
2010 Mid-Winter Singing Festival
On Friday evening, January 31, 2014, at 8pm join songleader Dr. Ysaye M Barnwell.
On Saturday, February 1, at 7pm, Robin and Linda Williams and Joel Mabus will lead us in songs from our American Roots, including Old Time Classics, Southern Gospel, and Traditional Selections.
Both sings will be held at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, Michigan.
Different songs will be sung each evening; lyric books will be provided.
These songleaders are very excited to be a part of the festival, sharing and singing songs they love (among them, the emails have already started...each suggesting songs, arrangements, etc...). Some will be giving Saturday afternoon workshops.
Bob Blackman, host of "The
Folk Tradition" on WKAR FM 90.5 and frequent host of Ten Pound
Fiddle concerts, will be master of ceremonies.
Kim and Reggie Harris at the 2010 MWSF Children's Concert
Inspired by Pete and Toshi Seeger's highly popular Circle of Song
tent at the Hudson River Clearwater Festival, this singing festival
is designed for folk music lovers to be able to sing great songs
with each other. Lyrics for the songs sung at both Community
Sings will be passed out.
7 workshops will be given at the Hannah Community Center
from noon-4 pm Saturday afternoon. Song sheets for each workshop
will be given out by the presenter. No need to pre-register! Just
come to the Community Center, purchase a $10 workshop wristband,
pick workshops that interest you, pop into the rooms, and sing! (18 and under and all students are free to all workshops.)
On Saturday morning at 11 am, there will be
a FREE Children's Concert, presented by Lake Effect, FREE of charge, and sponsored by the City of East Lansing. Kids of all ages are encouraged come to the Hannah Community
Center and sing folk songs.
Rachel Alexander leading the 2007 festival Choir.
This year, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will build the festival choir over an intensive four hour workshop, BUILDING A VOCAL COMMUNITY®: Singing In The African American Tradition. Workshop parcipants become the Saturday evening Festival Choir, directed by Dr. Barnwell. (Tickets available July 1)
As the list of festival activities suggests, the songs themselves
are the real stars of these sings and workshops. Each event is designed
to maximize audience participation. People who love folk songs are
invited to bring family and friends and spend an evening, or the
weekend singing great songs with song leaders who love this music.
Did your family sing while doing the dishes? Do you sing on long
car trips? This festival is for you. Even if your voice isn't as
good as you want it to be, that doesn't matter. This weekend is
for people who love to sing. This weekend will spread a little warmth
on two chilly, winter days.
ticket information, and food
and lodging information and more here on this website. For those who do not have internet
access, call 517-267-0410 and ask to be mailed an up-dated festival
at the Festival!