The Ten Pound Fiddle and the City of East Lansing are proud to co-produce the Nineteenth Mid-Winter Singing Festival to take place on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, 2023 at East Lansing's University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1120 S. Harrison.

For the Friday evening Community Sing, singer, song leader and Baltimore native Lea Gilmore will join Singing Festival favorites Mark Dvorak and Joel Mabus for one night of high energy community singing.

Saturday afternoon from 11 am - 2 pm, the festival will offer workshops related to community singing led by our Friday night songleaders. 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.

From 2:15 – 3 pm on Saturday there will be an Afternoon Community Sing also led by Lea Gilmore, Mark Dvorak and Joel Mabus.

Vaccination cards with ID and masks required for all events.

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 University United Methodist Church and sing folk songs.

View complete schedule here.
2007 Singing Festival
2010 Mid-Winter Singing Festival

All events will be held at the University United Methodist Church 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 on Friday night.

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 the Saturday night Community Sing and afternoon 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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