The Mid-Winter Singing Festival has been renamed
The Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival!

In an effort to offset continued rising expenses of the singing festival, the Ten Pound Fiddle, producer, has decided to expand the offerings of the weekend to include a Saturday evening concert involving three acts, a film viewing of "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," and five instrument and performance-related Saturday afternoon workshops. What had been solely a singing festival is now a singing and folk festival.

The Ten Pound Fiddle Coffeehouse and the City of East Lansing are proud to co-produce the Fifthteenth Annual Mid-Winter Singing and Folk Festival to take place on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14, 2017 at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI.

On Friday night, song leader extraordinaire Dan Chouinard will lead a huge Community Sing. Saturday night's concert will feature sets from James Keelaghan (7:30), The Sweet Water Warblers (8:30), and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (9:30).

Saturday afternoon from noon-4, the festival will offer 10 workshops. Five workshops will be related to community singing and five will highlight instruments and performance. Song sheets for each singing workshop will be given out by the presenter. No need to pre-register! Just come to the Community Center, purchase a $20 workshop wristband, pick workshops that interest you, pop into the rooms, and enjoy! (18 and under and all students are free to all workshops.) View workshop schedule here.

Saturday at 11:30am in the Hannah Community Center auditorium the Festival will screen the film "Pete Seeger: The Power of Song," sponsored by the East Lansing Film Festival. Click here to view the trailer on YouTube.

On Saturday morning at 11 am, there will be a FREE Children's Concert, presented by Mark Dvorak, and sponsored by the City of East Lansing. Kids of all ages are encouraged come to the Hannah Community Center and sing folk songs.

Under this wider umbrella of programming, even more fans of acoustic music can enjoy a full weekend of singing and incredible performances. View complete schedule here.
2007 Singing and Folk  Festival
2010 Mid-Winter Singing Festival

All events will be held at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Click here to get your tickets!

Bob Blackman, former host of "The Folk Tradition" on WKAR FM 90.5 and frequent host of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts, will be master of ceremonies.

Inspired by Pete and Toshi Seeger's highly popular Circle of Song tent at the Hudson River Clearwater Festival, this Singing and Folk Festival is designed for folk music lovers to be able to sing great songs with each other. Lyrics for the songs sung at the Friday night Community Sing and singing workshops will be passed out.

As the list of festival activities suggests, the songs themselves are the real stars of the Community Sing and singing workshops. Each singing 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.

Find schedule and 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 schedule.

See you at the Festival!


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