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Friday, August 10
 

6:00pm

Festival Opening

Welcome to the Great Lakes Folk Festival.  Hear from friends at the MSU Museum and the City of East Lansing and then enjoy the music of our opening band, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners


Friday August 10, 2012 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

6:15pm

UPDATE: James & Jay - Blues

Due to health issues, Warner Williams will be unable to appear.


Artists
avatar for James Mabry

James Mabry

James’ mother's classical vocal background and his father's jazz guitar background ignited a musical spark in him. While his dad was stationed in Quantico, VA, as a Marine during the early 1960s, this Philadelphia native began singing and picked up the guitar. James’ first band gig was as a lead singer and guitarist in the Triangle/Woodbridge area. James entered the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC, during the 1970s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Summerour

Jay Summerour

For twenty years, Jay Summerour, a harmonica player and percussionist, has been musical partners with Warner Williams. Summerour, who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and Oakland, California, was inspired by his grandfather, an accomplished blues harmonica player. His idols, Sonny Terry and James Cotton, were sufficiently impressed by Jay that they helped Summerour learn his craft. Summerour's musical career took some twists and turns and he... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 6:15pm - 7:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

6:15pm

Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
Artists
avatar for Leroy Thomas

Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 6:15pm - 7:40pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

6:45pm

Temesgen- Ethiopian Begena and Krar
Artists
avatar for Temesgen Hussein

Temesgen Hussein

Hussein was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fascination with the begena took hold after seeing a performance on television. In 1990, Hussein finished high school then started taking lessons on the begena and masenqo (a single-stringed bowed lute) with Alemayehu Fanta and Teshome Shenkute at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa. He learned the instrument’s fundamentals quickly, and after only two months of lessons Mr... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 6:45pm - 7:35pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

7:15pm

Saeed Kamjoo and Mehdi Darvishi- Kamanche and Iranian Daf
Artists
avatar for Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi was born in 1981 in Karaj, Iran. Inspired by the music that his father listened to daily, he started learning to play setar (four-string lute) at 15, but the more he listened to the radio, the more he was drawn to the daf, a circular frame drum. Working half-time as a carpenter, he asked his employer for an advance in order to buy a daf. Traveling two hours from Karaj by bus once a week, he began studying under Arash Zanganeh... Read More →
avatar for Saeed Kamjoo

Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali Abrak Shekârchi and Ustad Ali Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University and has been studying... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 7:15pm - 8:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

8:00pm

Accordion Traditions

Featuring Bua's Brían Ó hAirt (Irish Celtic), Joaquín Díaz (Merengue)
and Leroy Thomas (Zydeco) Accordion Traditions will compare and
contrast accordion styles from Ireland, the Dominican Republic and
Louisiana.


Artists
avatar for Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
avatar for Joaquín Díaz

Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the two-row diatonic button accordion, replacing the stringed instruments and becoming the music's primary instrument. The oldest of seven children, Joaquín... Read More →
avatar for Leroy Thomas

Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

8:00pm

Denny Anderson - Polka
Artists
avatar for David Austin

David Austin

The son of an accordionist, David Austin began playing accordion at the age of 10.  At age 12, he began performing alongside his father, Mike, in the Russ Wilson Band of Wisconsin, an experience which lasted until he was 20.  From 1996 to 2001 Austin performed and traveled with the Roger Bright Band from New Glarus, Wisconsin.  All this time, he had an interest in the recording process, created his own studio in which he recorded... Read More →
avatar for Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band (IMSPB) is a group of seasoned musicians that plays Slovenian/Swiss-style polka, combining the instrumentation and feel of the American Slovenian sound with Swiss yodeling, and reminiscent of the late Roger Bright and Frankie Yankovic. Denny Anderson began his musical career playing guitar with his father's band, Merle's Polka Boys, in 1958 when he was 13. When he was 18, he moved to... Read More →
avatar for Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi grew up regularly watching his father, Dick Hunjadi, perform on stage as the drummer with Milwaukee polka great, Louie Bashell. Although he started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, by age 14, Hunjadi started playing bass guitar and within a year became the bass player with the Joey Klass Band — again alongside his father who played drums. When he was 17, he had his first opportunity to enter a recording studio when he went to... Read More →
avatar for Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann got his start in polka music as a boy listening to and following the Verne Meisner Band from Whitewater, Wisconsin. Hartmann’s father, a trustee honor roll member of the Cleveland Style Polka Hall Of Fame, was not only a member of Meisner’s band, he was his cousin. Hartmann played tuba throughout high school, but drums were his passion. He got the chance sit in with Meisner for the first time when he was 12, and at 15... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

8:15pm

Claire Lynch - Bluegrass
Artists
avatar for Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Claire Lynch moved with her family to Hazel Green (near Huntsville), Alabama at the age of 12. In high school, inspired by the folk-pop music of the day, Lynch sang in an informal trio with her sisters. She also met her future husband, Larry Lynch, and after graduation, she was invited to hear a bluegrass band that Larry had formed with fellow students, called Hickory Wind. She was so taken by their performance... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 8:15pm - 9:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

9:15pm

Hasu Patel - Indian Sitar
Artists
avatar for Hasu Patel

Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed instrument with her first guru, Narasingbai B. Kikani, and at 10, she performed publicly for the first time. At 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 9:15pm - 10:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

9:30pm

The Roots of Bluegrass

Claire Lynch and her band demonstrate the musical roots of bluegrass, in an
informal discussion with Bob Blackman.


Artists
avatar for Bryan McDowell

Bryan McDowell

Fiddler with Claire Lynch's Bluegrass band
avatar for Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Claire Lynch moved with her family to Hazel Green (near Huntsville), Alabama at the age of 12. In high school, inspired by the folk-pop music of the day, Lynch sang in an informal trio with her sisters. She also met her future husband, Larry Lynch, and after graduation, she was invited to hear a bluegrass band that Larry had formed with fellow students, called Hickory Wind. She was so taken by their performance... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schatz

Mark Schatz

Bass and Banjo Player in the Claire Lynch Band.
avatar for Matt Wingate

Matt Wingate

Matt Wingate, of the Claire Lynch Band,  plays many thing with strings; guitar, mandolin and dobro


Friday August 10, 2012 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

9:35pm

Joaquín Díaz - Merengue
Artists
avatar for Joaquín Díaz

Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the two-row diatonic button accordion, replacing the stringed instruments and becoming the music's primary instrument. The oldest of seven children, Joaquín... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 9:35pm - 11:00pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

10:15pm

Bua - Irish-American Celtic
Artists
avatar for Brian Miller - Bua

Brian Miller - Bua

Guitarist Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki) began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota, then moved to St. Paul in 1998, where he met, played with and drew inspiration from transplanted Irish musicians Dáithí Sproule and Paddy O’Brien and the small but thriving Twin Cities Irish music scene. Brian has since become one of the sought-after accompanists in the Irish music scene. In addition to his work with... Read More →
avatar for Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
avatar for Bua Celtic

Bua Celtic

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Bua plays Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, Down the Green... Read More →
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
avatar for Seán Gavin - Bua

Seán Gavin - Bua

Detroit's Seán Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes) has been immersed in Irish music since birth.  His father, fiddler Mick Gavin, emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1974 and is a central figure in Detroit's Irish-American music scene. Gavin has played a number of instruments since he was four years old, but at 10 — inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara — made flute his primary instrument. Not long after, he began... Read More →


Friday August 10, 2012 10:15pm - 11:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan
 
Saturday, August 11
 

12:00pm

Saeed Kamjoo and Mehdi Darvishi- Kamanche and Iranian Daf
Artists
avatar for Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi was born in 1981 in Karaj, Iran. Inspired by the music that his father listened to daily, he started learning to play setar (four-string lute) at 15, but the more he listened to the radio, the more he was drawn to the daf, a circular frame drum. Working half-time as a carpenter, he asked his employer for an advance in order to buy a daf. Traveling two hours from Karaj by bus once a week, he began studying under Arash Zanganeh... Read More →
avatar for Saeed Kamjoo

Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali Abrak Shekârchi and Ustad Ali Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University and has been studying... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

12:00pm

Temesgen- Ethiopian Begena and Krar
Artists
avatar for Temesgen Hussein

Temesgen Hussein

Hussein was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fascination with the begena took hold after seeing a performance on television. In 1990, Hussein finished high school then started taking lessons on the begena and masenqo (a single-stringed bowed lute) with Alemayehu Fanta and Teshome Shenkute at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa. He learned the instrument’s fundamentals quickly, and after only two months of lessons Mr... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

12:00pm

MSU Cheese Making

MSU’s cheesemaker Josh Hall will demonstrate artisan cheesemaking.


Speakers

Saturday August 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Test Kitchen

12:00pm

MSU Fraternities and Sororities Stepping

Members of MSU’s African-American fraternities and sororities demonstrate Stepping, and talk about the tradition on campus.


Saturday August 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Legacy Stage

12:00pm

Denny Anderson - Polka
Artists
avatar for David Austin

David Austin

The son of an accordionist, David Austin began playing accordion at the age of 10.  At age 12, he began performing alongside his father, Mike, in the Russ Wilson Band of Wisconsin, an experience which lasted until he was 20.  From 1996 to 2001 Austin performed and traveled with the Roger Bright Band from New Glarus, Wisconsin.  All this time, he had an interest in the recording process, created his own studio in which he recorded... Read More →
avatar for Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band (IMSPB) is a group of seasoned musicians that plays Slovenian/Swiss-style polka, combining the instrumentation and feel of the American Slovenian sound with Swiss yodeling, and reminiscent of the late Roger Bright and Frankie Yankovic. Denny Anderson began his musical career playing guitar with his father's band, Merle's Polka Boys, in 1958 when he was 13. When he was 18, he moved to... Read More →
avatar for Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi grew up regularly watching his father, Dick Hunjadi, perform on stage as the drummer with Milwaukee polka great, Louie Bashell. Although he started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, by age 14, Hunjadi started playing bass guitar and within a year became the bass player with the Joey Klass Band — again alongside his father who played drums. When he was 17, he had his first opportunity to enter a recording studio when he went to... Read More →
avatar for Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann got his start in polka music as a boy listening to and following the Verne Meisner Band from Whitewater, Wisconsin. Hartmann’s father, a trustee honor roll member of the Cleveland Style Polka Hall Of Fame, was not only a member of Meisner’s band, he was his cousin. Hartmann played tuba throughout high school, but drums were his passion. He got the chance sit in with Meisner for the first time when he was 12, and at 15... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

1:00pm

Hasu Patel - Indian Sitar
Artists
avatar for Hasu Patel

Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed instrument with her first guru, Narasingbai B. Kikani, and at 10, she performed publicly for the first time. At 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 1:00pm - 1:40pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

1:00pm

Frosting 101

Cake Decorator Teresa Fortino of MSU Bakers will demonstrate cake and cookie decorating techniques, and talk about what it’s like to work in the MSU Bakery with the Student Cookie Crew.


Speakers
TF

Teresa Fortino

Teresa has worked at MSU Bakerys for X years. She is the primary decorator of cakes and other treats available on MSU's large campus.


Saturday August 11, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Test Kitchen

1:00pm

Green Roofs

MSU Professor of Horticulture will present a session on Green Roof research at MSU, with some applications for the home owner.


Speakers

Saturday August 11, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Legacy Stage

1:00pm

Fiddle Traditions Showcase

Always one of the Great Lakes Folk Festival's favorites, Fiddle
Traditions will compare and contrast fiddle styles as performed by
Bua's Devin Shepherd (Celtic), David Bass (Old-time) and Bryan
McDowell (Bluegrass), as well as the generational relationship of the
three styles.


Artists
avatar for Bryan McDowell

Bryan McDowell

Fiddler with Claire Lynch's Bluegrass band
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 1:00pm - 1:55pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

1:30pm

Kis Szivek, Hungarian Children's Folk Dance - Demonstration

Kis Szivek was started in 2006 as an offshoot of the Csipke Folk Dance Ensemble. Since that time it has established itself as a well-known children's ensemble, adopting a name which which translates to "little hearts."  This is appropriate because the majority of the children speak the Hungarian language and sing and dance with all their hearts and enthusiasm. Kis Szivek performs dances from all over the country of Hungary as well as those parts of Romania that are still populated by the Magyar people.


Artists
avatar for Kis Szivek

Kis Szivek

Kis Szivek was started in 2006 as an offshoot of the Csipke Folk Dance Ensemble. Since that time it has established itself as a well-known children's ensemble, adopting a name which which translates to "little hearts."  This is appropriate because the majority of the children speak the Hungarian language and sing and dance with all their hearts and enthusiasm. Kis Szivek performs dances from all over the country of Hungary as well as those... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

2:00pm

Joaquín Díaz - Merengue
Artists
avatar for Joaquín Díaz

Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the two-row diatonic button accordion, replacing the stringed instruments and becoming the music's primary instrument. The oldest of seven children, Joaquín... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

2:00pm

MSU Pork Project

Laurie Thorp, director or Residential Initiative for the Environment, and advisor to the Student Organic Farm,  and MSU Animal Science professor Dale Rozeboom will talk about the MSU Organic Pig Project, and demonstrate making pork sausage.



Saturday August 11, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Test Kitchen

2:00pm

Spartan Treasures from the MSU Museum, Special guest- 1959 Sparty

Val Berryman, Curator of History at MSU Museum for the last fifty years, has
assembled an interesting collection of treasures from MSU's history. Come
enjoy these rarely seen treasures. Special Guest, Professor Cy Stewart, who was one of the first Spartys at MSU, 1959-1963.


Speakers
VB

Val Berryman

Val has been the Curator of History for 50 (!) years at the MSU Museum. He knows about all the interesting items the Museum has in long term storage. Come enjoy these rarely seen treasures.


Saturday August 11, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Legacy Stage

2:15pm

Freight Hoppers - Old-Time
Artists
avatar for Freight Hoppers

Freight Hoppers

After more than a decade The Freight Hoppers have released their eagerly awaited fourth album Mile Marker. This collection includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

2:15pm

Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
Artists
avatar for Leroy Thomas

Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 2:15pm - 3:25pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

3:00pm

Ara Topouzian - Armenian Kanun
Artists
avatar for Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian was born in Detroit in 1969 and as a child, sat in with his first Armenian band, the Vosbikian Band, one of the country’s most popular Armenian groups at the time. He played cornet while at school and the def (a circular frame-style drum) after school with Armenian ensembles.  In college, he became more interested in Armenian and Middle Eastern classical and folk music and learned dumbek (another Middle Eastern drum... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

3:00pm

Gardening for Bees

Ashley Bennett of MSU’s Dept. of Entomology, will lead a session on Gardening for Bees.  Participants first to arrive can make a bee house!


Speakers

Saturday August 11, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Legacy Stage

3:00pm

Tailgating- MSU Style

Long-time MSU fans the Burke Family will share recipes and stories about tailgating, MSU style!


Saturday August 11, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Test Kitchen

3:15pm

Community Singing

Experience the joy of raising your voice with your friends, neighbors, and community. Join Chicagoan Mark Dvorak and Lansing's Sally Potter as they host two hours of non-stop community singing. Don't worry - you don't need to have a great singing voice, or the ability to read music to join the fun. You just need to have a love of singing - singing those great songs you probably already know - together. You've listened to other people make music all weekend long. Now, it's your turn!


Artists
avatar for Mark Dvorak

Mark Dvorak

Mark Dvorak comes to us from Chicago where he is on the staff of the Old Town Folk School. Mark is a great believer in the power of singing together and a frequent song leader both in Chicago and at East Lansing's Mid Winter Singing Festival each February. Mark's web site is http://markdvorak.com/
avatar for Sally Potter

Sally Potter

| Her day job is teaching high school students history and economics. In addition, Sally Potter is known as an excellent song leader, a dynamic  performer, a music producer and a community organizer, to boot. In 2003, Sally founded the Mid-Winter Singing Festival and since 2008, she has been the booking manager for the Ten Pound Fiddle Concert Series. Visit Sally's web site:   http://www.sally-potter.com/


Saturday August 11, 2012 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

3:45pm

Denny Anderson - Polka
Artists
avatar for David Austin

David Austin

The son of an accordionist, David Austin began playing accordion at the age of 10.  At age 12, he began performing alongside his father, Mike, in the Russ Wilson Band of Wisconsin, an experience which lasted until he was 20.  From 1996 to 2001 Austin performed and traveled with the Roger Bright Band from New Glarus, Wisconsin.  All this time, he had an interest in the recording process, created his own studio in which he recorded... Read More →
avatar for Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson

Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band (IMSPB) is a group of seasoned musicians that plays Slovenian/Swiss-style polka, combining the instrumentation and feel of the American Slovenian sound with Swiss yodeling, and reminiscent of the late Roger Bright and Frankie Yankovic. Denny Anderson began his musical career playing guitar with his father's band, Merle's Polka Boys, in 1958 when he was 13. When he was 18, he moved to... Read More →
avatar for Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi grew up regularly watching his father, Dick Hunjadi, perform on stage as the drummer with Milwaukee polka great, Louie Bashell. Although he started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, by age 14, Hunjadi started playing bass guitar and within a year became the bass player with the Joey Klass Band — again alongside his father who played drums. When he was 17, he had his first opportunity to enter a recording studio when he went to... Read More →
avatar for Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann

Rick Hartmann got his start in polka music as a boy listening to and following the Verne Meisner Band from Whitewater, Wisconsin. Hartmann’s father, a trustee honor roll member of the Cleveland Style Polka Hall Of Fame, was not only a member of Meisner’s band, he was his cousin. Hartmann played tuba throughout high school, but drums were his passion. He got the chance sit in with Meisner for the first time when he was 12, and at 15... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 3:45pm - 4:55pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

4:00pm

Bua - Irish-American Celtic
Artists
avatar for Brian Miller - Bua

Brian Miller - Bua

Guitarist Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki) began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota, then moved to St. Paul in 1998, where he met, played with and drew inspiration from transplanted Irish musicians Dáithí Sproule and Paddy O’Brien and the small but thriving Twin Cities Irish music scene. Brian has since become one of the sought-after accompanists in the Irish music scene. In addition to his work with... Read More →
avatar for Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
avatar for Bua Celtic

Bua Celtic

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Bua plays Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, Down the Green... Read More →
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
avatar for Seán Gavin - Bua

Seán Gavin - Bua

Detroit's Seán Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes) has been immersed in Irish music since birth.  His father, fiddler Mick Gavin, emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1974 and is a central figure in Detroit's Irish-American music scene. Gavin has played a number of instruments since he was four years old, but at 10 — inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara — made flute his primary instrument. Not long after, he began... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

4:00pm

Behind the Scenes- The Carillion

MSU Carilloneur Sally Harwood shares the tradition of playing the carillon in MSU’s Beaumont Tower.  Followed by a behind-the-scenes tour inside Beaumont Tower to see the Carillon.


Speakers
SH

Sally Harwood

Sally has been a Carillionor for __ years. Listen to her stories and then take stroll over to MSU to go inside Beaumont Tower and see the well loved instrument.


Saturday August 11, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Legacy Stage

4:00pm

MSU on the Vine

Horticulture Department Professor Ron Perry presents information on MSU’s Wine Research programs, and shares Michigan food and wine pairings.


Saturday August 11, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Test Kitchen

5:00pm

UPDATE: James & Jay - Blues

Due to health issues, Warner Williams will be unable to appear.


Artists
avatar for James Mabry

James Mabry

James’ mother's classical vocal background and his father's jazz guitar background ignited a musical spark in him. While his dad was stationed in Quantico, VA, as a Marine during the early 1960s, this Philadelphia native began singing and picked up the guitar. James’ first band gig was as a lead singer and guitarist in the Triangle/Woodbridge area. James entered the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC, during the 1970s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Summerour

Jay Summerour

For twenty years, Jay Summerour, a harmonica player and percussionist, has been musical partners with Warner Williams. Summerour, who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and Oakland, California, was inspired by his grandfather, an accomplished blues harmonica player. His idols, Sonny Terry and James Cotton, were sufficiently impressed by Jay that they helped Summerour learn his craft. Summerour's musical career took some twists and turns and he... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 5:00pm - 5:40pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

5:15pm

Kis Szivek, Hungarian Children's Folk Dance - Demonstration
Artists
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Kis Szivek

Kis Szivek was started in 2006 as an offshoot of the Csipke Folk Dance Ensemble. Since that time it has established itself as a well-known children's ensemble, adopting a name which which translates to "little hearts."  This is appropriate because the majority of the children speak the Hungarian language and sing and dance with all their hearts and enthusiasm. Kis Szivek performs dances from all over the country of Hungary as well as those... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

5:15pm

Old Time Jam Session

Bring your fiddle, guitar, banjo or other old time, unamplified instrument and join local musicians for an Old Time jam under the Legacy stage tent at the Folk Festival.  All music is played by ear, beginners sit on the edges and pickup the tunes.  You can also come and just sit and listen.  The Lansing area musicians who have attended in the past know dozens (hundreds?) of tunes and have a great time playing together. Presented in partnership with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. 


Saturday August 11, 2012 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Legacy Stage

5:30pm

Brotherhood Singers- A Cappella Gospel
Artists
avatar for Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood is an a cappella, jubilee-style sacred gospel quartet from Covington, Kentucky. In 1988, Ric Jennings formed a five-voice "quartet” (one lead and four harmony vocalists) out of the renowned Ninth Street Baptist Church Men's Choir. Since the beginning, this community-based quartet has sung in churches, at special gospel programs, anniversaries, song services and other sacred music events, which in the... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

6:00pm

Claire Lynch - Bluegrass
Artists
avatar for Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch

A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Claire Lynch moved with her family to Hazel Green (near Huntsville), Alabama at the age of 12. In high school, inspired by the folk-pop music of the day, Lynch sang in an informal trio with her sisters. She also met her future husband, Larry Lynch, and after graduation, she was invited to hear a bluegrass band that Larry had formed with fellow students, called Hickory Wind. She was so taken by their performance... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

6:00pm

Joaquín Díaz - Merengue
Artists
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Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the two-row diatonic button accordion, replacing the stringed instruments and becoming the music's primary instrument. The oldest of seven children, Joaquín... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

6:35pm

Hasu Patel - Indian Sitar
Artists
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Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed instrument with her first guru, Narasingbai B. Kikani, and at 10, she performed publicly for the first time. At 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 6:35pm - 7:30pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

7:00pm

Saeed Kamjoo and Mehdi Darvishi- Kamanche and Iranian Daf
Artists
avatar for Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi was born in 1981 in Karaj, Iran. Inspired by the music that his father listened to daily, he started learning to play setar (four-string lute) at 15, but the more he listened to the radio, the more he was drawn to the daf, a circular frame drum. Working half-time as a carpenter, he asked his employer for an advance in order to buy a daf. Traveling two hours from Karaj by bus once a week, he began studying under Arash Zanganeh... Read More →
avatar for Saeed Kamjoo

Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali Abrak Shekârchi and Ustad Ali Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University and has been studying... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 7:00pm - 7:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

7:45pm

Traditions Showcase - Sitar, Begena, Kamanche, Kanun

Many people think of folk music as a guitar and banjo and fiddle. And
while we certainly have plenty of those at the festival each year,
many cultures have found unique ways with which to produce sounds and
music... sometimes with but a string or two; sometimes with dozens of
strings. In this showcase, we will feature the Indian Sitar (Hasu
Patel), the Kamanche (Saeed Kamjoo), the Begena and Krar (Temesgen
Hussein) and the Kanun (Ara Topouzian).


Artists
avatar for Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian was born in Detroit in 1969 and as a child, sat in with his first Armenian band, the Vosbikian Band, one of the country’s most popular Armenian groups at the time. He played cornet while at school and the def (a circular frame-style drum) after school with Armenian ensembles.  In college, he became more interested in Armenian and Middle Eastern classical and folk music and learned dumbek (another Middle Eastern drum... Read More →
avatar for Hasu Patel

Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed instrument with her first guru, Narasingbai B. Kikani, and at 10, she performed publicly for the first time. At 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State... Read More →
avatar for Saeed Kamjoo

Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali Abrak Shekârchi and Ustad Ali Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University and has been studying... Read More →
avatar for Temesgen Hussein

Temesgen Hussein

Hussein was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fascination with the begena took hold after seeing a performance on television. In 1990, Hussein finished high school then started taking lessons on the begena and masenqo (a single-stringed bowed lute) with Alemayehu Fanta and Teshome Shenkute at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa. He learned the instrument’s fundamentals quickly, and after only two months of lessons Mr... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 7:45pm - 8:30pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

7:45pm

Freight Hoppers- Old Time Community Dance

Caller Paul Tyler will join the Freight Hoppers to lead you through traditional American Old-Time dancing. Grab a partner and get on the floor. Do si do your neighbor, go back home and swing your partner, now everybody circle left!


Artists
avatar for Freight Hoppers

Freight Hoppers

After more than a decade The Freight Hoppers have released their eagerly awaited fourth album Mile Marker. This collection includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

8:00pm

Bua - Irish-American Celtic
Artists
avatar for Brian Miller - Bua

Brian Miller - Bua

Guitarist Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki) began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota, then moved to St. Paul in 1998, where he met, played with and drew inspiration from transplanted Irish musicians Dáithí Sproule and Paddy O’Brien and the small but thriving Twin Cities Irish music scene. Brian has since become one of the sought-after accompanists in the Irish music scene. In addition to his work with... Read More →
avatar for Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
avatar for Bua Celtic

Bua Celtic

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Bua plays Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, Down the Green... Read More →
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
avatar for Seán Gavin - Bua

Seán Gavin - Bua

Detroit's Seán Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes) has been immersed in Irish music since birth.  His father, fiddler Mick Gavin, emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1974 and is a central figure in Detroit's Irish-American music scene. Gavin has played a number of instruments since he was four years old, but at 10 — inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara — made flute his primary instrument. Not long after, he began... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 8:00pm - 8:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

8:45pm

Ara Topouzian - Armenian Kanun
Artists
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Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian was born in Detroit in 1969 and as a child, sat in with his first Armenian band, the Vosbikian Band, one of the country’s most popular Armenian groups at the time. He played cornet while at school and the def (a circular frame-style drum) after school with Armenian ensembles.  In college, he became more interested in Armenian and Middle Eastern classical and folk music and learned dumbek (another Middle Eastern drum... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 8:45pm - 9:30pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

9:05pm

Brotherhood Singers- A Cappella Gospel
Artists
avatar for Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood is an a cappella, jubilee-style sacred gospel quartet from Covington, Kentucky. In 1988, Ric Jennings formed a five-voice "quartet” (one lead and four harmony vocalists) out of the renowned Ninth Street Baptist Church Men's Choir. Since the beginning, this community-based quartet has sung in churches, at special gospel programs, anniversaries, song services and other sacred music events, which in the... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 9:05pm - 9:50pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

9:30pm

Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
Artists
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Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 9:30pm - 10:50pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

9:45pm

UPDATE: James & Jay - Blues

Due to health issues, Warner Williams will be unable to appear.


Artists
avatar for James Mabry

James Mabry

James’ mother's classical vocal background and his father's jazz guitar background ignited a musical spark in him. While his dad was stationed in Quantico, VA, as a Marine during the early 1960s, this Philadelphia native began singing and picked up the guitar. James’ first band gig was as a lead singer and guitarist in the Triangle/Woodbridge area. James entered the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC, during the 1970s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Summerour

Jay Summerour

For twenty years, Jay Summerour, a harmonica player and percussionist, has been musical partners with Warner Williams. Summerour, who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and Oakland, California, was inspired by his grandfather, an accomplished blues harmonica player. His idols, Sonny Terry and James Cotton, were sufficiently impressed by Jay that they helped Summerour learn his craft. Summerour's musical career took some twists and turns and he... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 9:45pm - 10:30pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

10:00pm

Claire Lynch - Bluegrass
Artists
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Claire Lynch

A native of Poughkeepsie, NY, Claire Lynch moved with her family to Hazel Green (near Huntsville), Alabama at the age of 12. In high school, inspired by the folk-pop music of the day, Lynch sang in an informal trio with her sisters. She also met her future husband, Larry Lynch, and after graduation, she was invited to hear a bluegrass band that Larry had formed with fellow students, called Hickory Wind. She was so taken by their performance... Read More →


Saturday August 11, 2012 10:00pm - 10:50pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan
 
Sunday, August 12
 

12:00pm

Brotherhood Singers- A Cappella Gospel
Artists
avatar for Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

Ric Jennings - Brotherhood Singers

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood is an a cappella, jubilee-style sacred gospel quartet from Covington, Kentucky. In 1988, Ric Jennings formed a five-voice "quartet” (one lead and four harmony vocalists) out of the renowned Ninth Street Baptist Church Men's Choir. Since the beginning, this community-based quartet has sung in churches, at special gospel programs, anniversaries, song services and other sacred music events, which in the... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

12:00pm

Percussion Traditions Showcase

Guitars and fiddles and accordions often get most of the attention
while those that keep the beat are kept (often literally) in the
background. In this showcase, we will feature the Indian Tabla (Vishal
Nagar), the Iranian Daf and Tumbak (Mehdi Darvishi), Merengue Tambora
(Peter Barzey) and Guira (Raul Villa Rojas) and Zydeco Rubboard
(Charles Fontenot).


Artists
CF

Charles Fontenot

Rubboard artist with Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners
avatar for Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi was born in 1981 in Karaj, Iran. Inspired by the music that his father listened to daily, he started learning to play setar (four-string lute) at 15, but the more he listened to the radio, the more he was drawn to the daf, a circular frame drum. Working half-time as a carpenter, he asked his employer for an advance in order to buy a daf. Traveling two hours from Karaj by bus once a week, he began studying under Arash Zanganeh... Read More →
avatar for Peter Barzey

Peter Barzey

Percussionist with Joaquin Diaz
avatar for Raul Villa Rojas

Raul Villa Rojas

Guira player
avatar for Vishal Nagar

Vishal Nagar

Indian Tabla player, with Hasu Patel


Sunday August 12, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

12:00pm

Canning Jams and Jellies

Can you Can?  Come to this session and learn the basics of canning delicious fruit jams and jellies. Presented by Joyce McGarry, an MSU Extension Educator and Food Safty Expert  and Linday Huyck;  a Family And Consumer Science Educator for Montcalm County Extension.


Speakers
LH

Linda Huyck

Linda works for Montcalm County Extension
JM

Joyce McGarry

Joyce works for Ingham County Extension


Sunday August 12, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Test Kitchen

12:00pm

MSU Solar Car Team

Fresh off their participation in the American Solar Car Challenge, members of the MSU Solar Car Team will be on hand to talk about their solar vehicle and the cross country race.


Sunday August 12, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Legacy Stage

12:00pm

Ara Topouzian - Armenian Kanun
Artists
avatar for Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian was born in Detroit in 1969 and as a child, sat in with his first Armenian band, the Vosbikian Band, one of the country’s most popular Armenian groups at the time. He played cornet while at school and the def (a circular frame-style drum) after school with Armenian ensembles.  In college, he became more interested in Armenian and Middle Eastern classical and folk music and learned dumbek (another Middle Eastern drum... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

1:00pm

Bua - Irish-American Celtic
Artists
avatar for Brian Miller - Bua

Brian Miller - Bua

Guitarist Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki) began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota, then moved to St. Paul in 1998, where he met, played with and drew inspiration from transplanted Irish musicians Dáithí Sproule and Paddy O’Brien and the small but thriving Twin Cities Irish music scene. Brian has since become one of the sought-after accompanists in the Irish music scene. In addition to his work with... Read More →
avatar for Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
avatar for Bua Celtic

Bua Celtic

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Bua plays Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, Down the Green... Read More →
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
avatar for Seán Gavin - Bua

Seán Gavin - Bua

Detroit's Seán Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes) has been immersed in Irish music since birth.  His father, fiddler Mick Gavin, emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1974 and is a central figure in Detroit's Irish-American music scene. Gavin has played a number of instruments since he was four years old, but at 10 — inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara — made flute his primary instrument. Not long after, he began... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

1:00pm

Hasu Patel - Indian Sitar
Artists
avatar for Hasu Patel

Hasu Patel

One of the few world-class female artists currently performing India’s classical sitar music, Hasu Patel was born in Baroda, India, and began her musical training with voice lessons when she was three years old. At the age of 6, she started learning India’s most popular stringed instrument with her first guru, Narasingbai B. Kikani, and at 10, she performed publicly for the first time. At 21, she won the first prize in Gujarat State... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

1:00pm

Canning Salsa

The canning double session continues with delicious and safe ways to can summer salsa for use in the cold months of the year.

Joyce McGarry, is MSU Extension Educator and Food Safty Expert  and Linday Huyck is a Family And Consumer Science Educator at Montcalm County Extension


Speakers
LH

Linda Huyck

Linda works for Montcalm County Extension
JM

Joyce McGarry

Joyce works for Ingham County Extension


Sunday August 12, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Test Kitchen

1:00pm

Native Kids Ride Bikes - MSU Art and Outreach

RCAH Professor Dylan Miner presents his project - Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag-  Native Kids Ride Bikes, an art and community building project aimed at Indigenous youth.   


Speakers
DM

Dylan Miner

Professor in Residential College for Arts and Humanities.


Sunday August 12, 2012 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Legacy Stage

1:30pm

Freight Hoppers- Old Time Community Dance

Caller Paul Tyler will join the Freight Hoppers to lead you through traditional American Old-Time dancing. Grab a partner and get on the floor. Do si do your neighbor, go back home and swing your partner, now everybody circle left!


Artists
avatar for Freight Hoppers

Freight Hoppers

After more than a decade The Freight Hoppers have released their eagerly awaited fourth album Mile Marker. This collection includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

2:00pm

Temesgen- Ethiopian Begena and Krar
Artists
avatar for Temesgen Hussein

Temesgen Hussein

Hussein was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where his fascination with the begena took hold after seeing a performance on television. In 1990, Hussein finished high school then started taking lessons on the begena and masenqo (a single-stringed bowed lute) with Alemayehu Fanta and Teshome Shenkute at the Yared School of Music in Addis Ababa. He learned the instrument’s fundamentals quickly, and after only two months of lessons Mr... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 2:00pm - 2:40pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

2:00pm

René Meave y Guillermo Martinez - Tejano

A performance of Tejano music by Michigan Heritage Awards Winners René Meave and Guillermo Martinez.


Artists
avatar for Guillermo Maritnez

Guillermo Maritnez

Guillermo, from Kalamazoo, was born in Texas and raised in Fennville, Michigan. He has worked in a variety of capacities in education, including with migrant communities. The youngest of fourteen children, Guillermo learned to play accordion from his brother Alejo. He began playing drums in the early 1960s in a family band headed by his elder brothers. His mother loved to sing the old songs of the Mexican Revolution and rancheras. He... Read More →
avatar for René Meave

René Meave

René grew up in a musical family in Weslaco, Texas, the youngest of ten children. He first learned to play drums and later the guitar. “My mother, she always wanted us to play music,” René recalled in a 2006 documentary on Los Bandits. His family migrated northward following the jobs with the harvest seasons of crops. He then migrated on his own with a friend to southwestern Michigan. “I’d never seen a... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

2:00pm

Ladies First, MSU's All Female A Capella Group

Ladies First has been an a capella dynasty on campus since 1985.  Come and hear the Ladies sing a few songs and talk about the singing around the community, and in competition with a capella enselbles from around the country.


Sunday August 12, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Legacy Stage

2:00pm

Thai Cooking Made Easy

Rachel Ball and her son, Michie, Thai cook and Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship team, will teach some of the basics of Thai cooking.


Speakers

Sunday August 12, 2012 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Test Kitchen

3:00pm

UPDATE: James & Jay - Blues

Due to health issues, Warner Williams will be unable to appear.


Artists
avatar for James Mabry

James Mabry

James’ mother's classical vocal background and his father's jazz guitar background ignited a musical spark in him. While his dad was stationed in Quantico, VA, as a Marine during the early 1960s, this Philadelphia native began singing and picked up the guitar. James’ first band gig was as a lead singer and guitarist in the Triangle/Woodbridge area. James entered the Navy and was stationed in Washington, DC, during the 1970s... Read More →
avatar for Jay Summerour

Jay Summerour

For twenty years, Jay Summerour, a harmonica player and percussionist, has been musical partners with Warner Williams. Summerour, who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and Oakland, California, was inspired by his grandfather, an accomplished blues harmonica player. His idols, Sonny Terry and James Cotton, were sufficiently impressed by Jay that they helped Summerour learn his craft. Summerour's musical career took some twists and turns and he... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

3:00pm

Amazing Kale: Two Ways to Enjoy

Denae Friedheim will demonstrate two of the many uses of delicious, nutritious, ubiquitious Kale.  She'll make a Green Smoothie and


Sunday August 12, 2012 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Test Kitchen

3:00pm

Traditions Showcase- Airport Jam

It is not uncommon for musicians to cross paths in airports, and it's
very uncommon for musicians to not want to play music together when
they've got the chance. René Meave (Tex-Mex), Leroy Thomas (Zydeco),
Devin Shepherd (Irish Celtic) and Frank Lee (Old-Time) will each kick
off a tune and the rest will follow.


Artists
avatar for Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
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Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →
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René Meave

René grew up in a musical family in Weslaco, Texas, the youngest of ten children. He first learned to play drums and later the guitar. “My mother, she always wanted us to play music,” René recalled in a 2006 documentary on Los Bandits. His family migrated northward following the jobs with the harvest seasons of crops. He then migrated on his own with a friend to southwestern Michigan. “I’d never seen a... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

3:00pm

Joaquín Díaz - Merengue
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Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the two-row diatonic button accordion, replacing the stringed instruments and becoming the music's primary instrument. The oldest of seven children, Joaquín... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

3:30pm

The Michigan Heritage Awards

The Michigan Heritage Awards are presented each year to honor master practitioners in Michigan who continue the folk traditions of their families and communities through practice and teaching.  Awards are also presented to outstanding community leaders who support and advocate traditional arts.


Sunday August 12, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Legacy Stage

4:00pm

Saeed Kamjoo and Mehdi Darvishi- Kamanche and Iranian Daf
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Mehdi Darvishi

Mehdi Darvishi was born in 1981 in Karaj, Iran. Inspired by the music that his father listened to daily, he started learning to play setar (four-string lute) at 15, but the more he listened to the radio, the more he was drawn to the daf, a circular frame drum. Working half-time as a carpenter, he asked his employer for an advance in order to buy a daf. Traveling two hours from Karaj by bus once a week, he began studying under Arash Zanganeh... Read More →
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Saeed Kamjoo

Born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran, Saeed Kamjoo started learning kamança (bowed spike-fiddle) at the age of seventeen under the guidance of Adeshir Kâmkâr. He furthered his studies in the instrumental and vocal repertoires of Classical Persian music with such renowned masters as Ali Abrak Shekârchi and Ustad Ali Asghar Bahâri. He is a graduate of the School of Fine Arts from Tehran University and has been studying... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

4:00pm

MSU Culinary Programs Chef Kurt

Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski of MSU’s Culinary Programs shares what’s cooking with culinary arts on campus.  He will demonstrate a pork entrée salad with herbed vinaigrette.


Sunday August 12, 2012 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Test Kitchen

4:30pm

Freight Hoppers - Old Time
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Freight Hoppers

After more than a decade The Freight Hoppers have released their eagerly awaited fourth album Mile Marker. This collection includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia. The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that’s only when... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

4:30pm

Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Roadrunners

You can't sit still when the sounds of Zydeco are filling the Dance Stage


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Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo "The Bull" Thomas, is known for being the only zydeco musician to lead his band from the drums; Keith Frank (Soileau Zydeco Band); Geno Delafose (alumnus of the 2001... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Dance Stage Albert Ave

5:15pm

Bua - Irish-American Celtic
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Brian Miller - Bua

Guitarist Brian Miller (guitar, bouzouki) began playing Irish music as a high-schooler in Bemidji, Minnesota, then moved to St. Paul in 1998, where he met, played with and drew inspiration from transplanted Irish musicians Dáithí Sproule and Paddy O’Brien and the small but thriving Twin Cities Irish music scene. Brian has since become one of the sought-after accompanists in the Irish music scene. In addition to his work with... Read More →
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Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching the language at the library. A gospel/chamber/jazz choir singer in high school, he discovered that the sean-nós singing of Darach... Read More →
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Bua Celtic

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Bua plays Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, Down the Green... Read More →
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Devin Shepherd - Bua

Devin Shepherd began classical violin lessons at the age of four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music when he was 10. With his mother's support, he immersed himself in Chicago's deep-rooted Irish music scene, studying with Kathleen Keane and (National Heritage Fellow) Liz Carroll and regularly attending Irish music sessions. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), Shepherd won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Irish music... Read More →
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Seán Gavin - Bua

Detroit's Seán Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes) has been immersed in Irish music since birth.  His father, fiddler Mick Gavin, emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1974 and is a central figure in Detroit's Irish-American music scene. Gavin has played a number of instruments since he was four years old, but at 10 — inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara — made flute his primary instrument. Not long after, he began... Read More →


Sunday August 12, 2012 5:15pm - 6:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan