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Friday, August 7
 

6:00pm

Festival Kick-off
Welcome to the 2015 Great Lakes Folk Festival!

Friday August 7, 2015 6:00pm - 6:15pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

6:00pm

Uke Strum
Grab your Uke and join with your Uke-loving neighbors in a Uke Strum.   Ben Hassenger will lead the fun.  Check out this Uke Strum Facebook page for more info and links to the music that will be played.

Friday August 7, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

6:15pm

Genticorum - Quebecois
Montreal, Quebec
Quebecois

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a jubilant musical feast.

Genticorum was formed by Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Yann Falquet (guitar) and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, three musicians who found a love for French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk music. Genticorum gained their name from a word which Gemme remembers his grandfather singing, although he is unsure of the meaning. He believes it carries with it an association with the words gentil (gentle or nice) and quorum.

The group is active in Quebec's traditional dance scene and offers custom tailored bilingual workshops on fiddle, flute, guitar, songs, and foot tapping. Genticorum's second album, Malins Plaisirs (2005) won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Ensemble and was nominated for Canada’s Juno and the Félix Awards.


http://www.genticorum.com 

Performers
avatar for Yann Falquet

Yann Falquet

With a Bachelor's degree in jazz, Yann Falquet had the least exposure to traditional music growing up, not having been introduced to it until he was 18 or 19. His friends encouraged him with traditional recordings and took him to concerts by bands such as La Bottine Souriante and... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme's grandfather played traditional fiddle so when he grew up he heard the fiddle and the traditional songs that his granddad used to sing. With a degree in big-band arrangement and classical and jazz guitar, Pascal has given master classes in the United States and taught... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

The newest member of Genticorum, Nicholas Williams, studied world music, composition, and improvisation at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 1998, he has immersed himself in the traditional dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec, as well as the classical... Read More →

Bands
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Genticorum

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 6:15pm - 7:05pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

6:15pm

Desafio Norteño- Northern Style Tejano
Northern Style Tejano music

Friday August 7, 2015 6:15pm - 7:25pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

7:30pm

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton - Blues/Ragtime/Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Blues/Ragtime/Old-time

 Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street. He first tried to learn fiddle at 12, taking lessons at school on Saturdays, but soon switched to banjo, guitar, and piano. 

When he was 16, he played his first official concert, earning $100 in South Central's West Adams neighborhood, playing songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin' Hopkins. It was also at about this time that Jerron's eyesight began to fail him, and at 17, he was diagnosed with congenital retinal deterioration and cone dystrophy; he was legally blind. 

Jerron would be the first in his family to go to college, attending Marist College near Poughkeepsie, New York. He studied philosophy and history, but would often cut classes to spend time in the music room in order to practice piano. Whenever he could, he went to New York City to explore the folk scene. He discovered The Jalopy in Brooklyn, where he met the Wileys; Feral Foster (who hosted the "Roots and Ruckus" hootenannies on Wednesday nights); Eli Smith (Down Hill Strugglers, host of the online Down Home Radio Show, co-founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival); and banjo player Hubby Jenkins (now a member of the old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops).

Paxton will serve as artistic director of the Port Townsend festival, where he'll play and teach in late July and August. 


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Boy-Paxton/297367436949192 


Friday August 7, 2015 7:30pm - 8:20pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

8:00pm

The Down Hill Strugglers - Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Old-Time 
http://downhillstrugglers.blogspot.com/ 

Old Time String band Music for Old Time Community Square and Contra Dance.  All Dances taught and then called.  Grab a partner and get out on the floor!

Performers
avatar for Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
avatar for Walker Shepard

Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
avatar for Eli Smith

Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →

Bands
DH

Down Hill Strugglers

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

8:45pm

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole - French Creole
Albion, Tennessee
Cajun/Creole Fiddle

Originally from southern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt grew up in the shadow of the French Creoles of Vincennes, Indiana, where he was introduced to local French music. Dennis's great-grandfather Benjamin Stroughmatt was a fiddler and the first fiddle his son (Dennis's grandfather, Chancy Stroughmatt) gave to Dennis when he was 17 (apparently won in a card game around the turn of the 20th century) had belonged to Benjamin, a barn dance fiddler who lived most of his life working on the Mississippi, Wabash, Ohio, and Illinois rivers from Muscatine, Iowa, south to Memphis, Tennessee and beyond.  His family were "house boat" people, nomadic for three generations, traveling the rivers and working — anything from fishing, to mussel shelling, moonshine, cotton, and music.  Chancy was born in 1904 and lived until 1998, so Dennis spent a great deal of time with him growing up, learning about the songs his great-grandfather played. 

While attending college in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Dennis became involved with the French Creole population of the Old Mines area. He spent about three years attending weekly house parties or "bouillons," learning to speak Creole French with many Creoles in the area including Kent Beaulne and Pete Boyer, and learning to play the fiddle styles of the Missouri French. He also recorded old-timers' oral histories and uncovered scratchy wax cylinder recordings.

Wanting to learn more about American French music and culture, Dennis moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. There he worked and interned at the Vermilionville Folklife Village, where he increased his fluency in French (though more dialectically Cajun) thanks to Blanche Quebedeaux and Evelyn Goller, and spent countless hours with Cajun and Creole master fiddlers including Faren Serrette, Black Allemand, Canray Fontenot, and Merlin Fontenot.

Dennis ultimately returned to Illinois to complete a Masters of History at Southern Illinois University, and soon after, attended The University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada where he was awarded a Certificate in Quebec French Language and Culture in the fall of 1999.  After returning to the United States he worked with Louisiana-based Cajun groups such as Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sounds, The Acadian Aces, The Bayou Teche Band, and Creole groups The Ardoin Family Band, The Morris Ardoin Creole Trio, and Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers. He currently focuses most of his time and energy with L'Esprit Creole on the French Creole music and language of The Illinois Country, the old upper Louisiana colony of Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. 

According to the Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture, the word Creole comes from creare (Latin for "to beget" or "to create"). Portuguese colonists called New World slaves of African descent crioulo, which was eventually applied to all New World colonists living along the Gulf Coast, particularly Louisiana, regardless of ethnic origin. The Spanish introduced the word as criollo, and from the late 1600s to the early 1800s, the word evolved to Creole, and generally referred to persons of African or European heritage born in the New World.

The history of the French Creoles was not isolated to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, however. It made its way up the Mississippi to Illinois and Missouri over three hundred years ago. The Creole Corridor of the Mid-Mississippi Valley consisted of approximately a thousand square miles of the Mississippi River Valley, from Ste. Genevieve and Kaskaskia north to Cahokia and St. Louis. Along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors, they remain today with their songs, stories and language.

http://creolefiddle.com/creolefiddle.com/Home.html 

Performers
avatar for Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt

Originally from southern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt grew up in the shadow of the French Creoles of Vincennes, Indiana, where he was introduced to local French music. Dennis's great-grandfather Benjamin Stroughmatt was a fiddler and the first fiddle his son (Dennis's grandfather... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 8:45pm - 9:35pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

9:30pm

Feufollet - Cajun
Lafayette, Louisiana
Cajun

Come dance to the wonderful sound of Cajun music.  You can't sit still when Feufollet is playing.

Common interests in French language, music, and Louisiana heritage brought together the members of Feufollet, a group that has been recognized as one of the best and most accomplished young Cajun bands to emerge from Louisiana in recent years. The core members of Feufollet have been performing together since they were children and all are native French speakers of Southwestern Louisiana.

Composed of brothers Christopher (accordion, fiddle, guitar) and Michael Stafford (drums, percussion), Kelli Jones-Savoy (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Andrew Toups (keyboards), and Philippe Billeaudeaux (bass), Feufollet is very active in promoting the Cajun culture and heritage of Louisiana and performs original and traditional songs in French, including some from the 1800s and early 1900s.  The band has performed in countless local Louisiana venues as well as in concerts and festivals in Canada and the United States; this will mark the fourth time that Feufollet has appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. 


http://feufollet.net/ 

Performers
avatar for Philippe Billeaudeaux

Philippe Billeaudeaux

Philippe plays bass for the Cajun band, Feufollet
avatar for Kelli Jones-Savoy

Kelli Jones-Savoy

Member of Feufollet.  Kelli sings and plays fiddle and guitar.
avatar for Christopher Stafford

Christopher Stafford

Longtime multi instumentalist for Feufollet.  Chris plays accordion, fiddle and guitar and also sings.
avatar for Michael Stafford

Michael Stafford

Michael Stafford is the percussionist for the Cajun band Feufollet.  He and brother Christopher have been performing together since they were young teens.
avatar for Andrew Toups

Andrew Toups

Andrew Toups handles the keyboards for the Cajun band, Feufollet.


Friday August 7, 2015 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

10:00pm

The Tannahill Weavers - Scottish Celtic
Paisley, Scotland
Scottish Celtic

The Tannahill Weavers were formed in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, following a regular session in a back room of a club run by Pat Doherty, father of one of the group's founding members, Neil Doherty. They take their name from the town’s poet laureate and writer of folk songs, Robert Tannahill (known as the "Weaver Poet"), and the industry for which Paisley was once known: weaving. Known as the Tannahills, or the Tannies for short, the band’s traditional musical style focuses on Highland Celtic music, and it was one of the first bands to incorporate the predominately solo instrument, the Great Highland bagpipes, as a main stage instrument.

Two of its founding members, Roy Gullane (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistle, bodhrán) are still with the band, which also includes John Martin (fiddle, vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles). Gullane has long been fascinated with traditional Celtic music, and notes that it was hearing the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sing “The Wild Colonial Boy” on television that convinced him that he wanted to play Celtic music. As a group, “we were very influenced by the energy of the JSD Band in the early days. We actually hung out with them every time they were in town. We were also very much influenced by Ireland’s Bothy Band.”

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician in various theatre, film and television productions, as well as recording a solo fiddle album and The Braes of Lochiel as a duo with Billy Ross He has also been a member of Contraband, Ossian and the Easy Club.

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre. On leaving school, Lorne studied for the BA Scottish Music - Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with honors in 2005, one of the first graduates on the RSAMD's piping course. He has played in Grade 1 pipe bands from an early age including leading bands like Scottish Power.

http://tannahillweavers.com

Performers
avatar for Roy Gullane

Roy Gullane

Founding member of The Tannahill Weavers.  Roy plays guitar, banjo and sings in the group.
avatar for Lorne MacDougall

Lorne MacDougall

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year, in the 2012, Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold... Read More →
avatar for John Martin

John Martin

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician... Read More →
avatar for Phil Smillie

Phil Smillie

Founding member of the Tannahill Weavers.  Phil plays flute, whistle, and bodhrán (hand drum).


Friday August 7, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave
 
Saturday, August 8
 

12:00pm

Into the Archives
Hear excerpts of unique recordings and learn about collecting recordings of Michigan's rich musical traditions! Get a glimpse of the amazing resources in MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Research Collections including Blues music from Son House, Appalachian ballads from Sarah Gunning, Ukranian folksongs, reels played by hammered dulcimers, Yiddish ballads, songs of lumber camps, and rope-skipping rhymes.

Saturday August 8, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

12:00pm

The Tannahill Weavers - Scottish Celtic
Paisley, Scotland
Scottish Celtic

The Tannahill Weavers were formed in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, following a regular session in a back room of a club run by Pat Doherty, father of one of the group's founding members, Neil Doherty. They take their name from the town’s poet laureate and writer of folk songs, Robert Tannahill (known as the "Weaver Poet"), and the industry for which Paisley was once known: weaving. Known as the Tannahills, or the Tannies for short, the band’s traditional musical style focuses on Highland Celtic music, and it was one of the first bands to incorporate the predominately solo instrument, the Great Highland bagpipes, as a main stage instrument.

Two of its founding members, Roy Gullane (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistle, bodhrán) are still with the band, which also includes John Martin (fiddle, vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles). Gullane has long been fascinated with traditional Celtic music, and notes that it was hearing the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sing “The Wild Colonial Boy” on television that convinced him that he wanted to play Celtic music. As a group, “we were very influenced by the energy of the JSD Band in the early days. We actually hung out with them every time they were in town. We were also very much influenced by Ireland’s Bothy Band.”

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician in various theatre, film and television productions, as well as recording a solo fiddle album and The Braes of Lochiel as a duo with Billy Ross He has also been a member of Contraband, Ossian and the Easy Club.

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre. On leaving school, Lorne studied for the BA Scottish Music - Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with honors in 2005, one of the first graduates on the RSAMD's piping course. He has played in Grade 1 pipe bands from an early age including leading bands like Scottish Power.


http://tannahillweavers.com

Performers
avatar for Roy Gullane

Roy Gullane

Founding member of The Tannahill Weavers.  Roy plays guitar, banjo and sings in the group.
avatar for Lorne MacDougall

Lorne MacDougall

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year, in the 2012, Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold... Read More →
avatar for John Martin

John Martin

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician... Read More →
avatar for Phil Smillie

Phil Smillie

Founding member of the Tannahill Weavers.  Phil plays flute, whistle, and bodhrán (hand drum).


Saturday August 8, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

12:00pm

Celebrating Alan Lomax
"Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Celebrating Alan Lomax & The
Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress" is an outreach
program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
This roadshow draws together nationally recognized folk musicians who
play songs they have learned directly from the Lomax Collection and
other important collections at the American Folklife Center. Famed
folklorist Alan Lomax would have been one hundred years old in 2015. 

http://downhillstrugglers.blogspot.com/2015/03/announcing-treasures-from-archive.html 

Performers
avatar for John Cohen

John Cohen

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He... Read More →
avatar for Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
avatar for Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street... Read More →
avatar for Walker Shepard

Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
avatar for Eli Smith

Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

12:30pm

Tejano Sound Band

Saturday August 8, 2015 12:30pm - 1:40pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

12:45pm

1:15pm

Genticorum - Quebecois
Montreal, Quebec
Quebecois

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a jubilant musical feast.

Genticorum was formed by Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Yann Falquet (guitar) and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, three musicians who found a love for French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk music. Genticorum gained their name from a word which Gemme remembers his grandfather singing, although he is unsure of the meaning. He believes it carries with it an association with the words gentil (gentle or nice) and quorum.

The group is active in Quebec's traditional dance scene and offers custom tailored bilingual workshops on fiddle, flute, guitar, songs, and foot tapping. Genticorum's second album, Malins Plaisirs (2005) won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Ensemble and was nominated for Canada’s Juno and the Félix Awards.


http://www.genticorum.com 
 

Performers
avatar for Yann Falquet

Yann Falquet

With a Bachelor's degree in jazz, Yann Falquet had the least exposure to traditional music growing up, not having been introduced to it until he was 18 or 19. His friends encouraged him with traditional recordings and took him to concerts by bands such as La Bottine Souriante and... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme's grandfather played traditional fiddle so when he grew up he heard the fiddle and the traditional songs that his granddad used to sing. With a degree in big-band arrangement and classical and jazz guitar, Pascal has given master classes in the United States and taught... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

The newest member of Genticorum, Nicholas Williams, studied world music, composition, and improvisation at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 1998, he has immersed himself in the traditional dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec, as well as the classical... Read More →

Bands
G

Genticorum

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 1:15pm - 2:05pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

1:15pm

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton - Blues/Ragtime/Old-time

Performers
avatar for Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 1:15pm - 2:05pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

1:30pm

Meet the Artists- Yvonne Walker Keshick
Yvonne Walker Keshick has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship for her exquisite (porcupine) quill work boxes.  Come and hear more about her history and this fascinating Native craft. 

Saturday August 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

2:00pm

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole - French Creole
Albion, Tennessee
Cajun/Creole Fiddle

Cajun Music is dance music.  Grab a partner and Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Originally from southern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt grew up in the shadow of the French Creoles of Vincennes, Indiana, where he was introduced to local French music. Dennis's great-grandfather Benjamin Stroughmatt was a fiddler and the first fiddle his son (Dennis's grandfather, Chancy Stroughmatt) gave to Dennis when he was 17 (apparently won in a card game around the turn of the 20th century) had belonged to Benjamin, a barn dance fiddler who lived most of his life working on the Mississippi, Wabash, Ohio, and Illinois rivers from Muscatine, Iowa, south to Memphis, Tennessee and beyond.  His family were "house boat" people, nomadic for three generations, traveling the rivers and working — anything from fishing, to mussel shelling, moonshine, cotton, and music.  Chancy was born in 1904 and lived until 1998, so Dennis spent a great deal of time with him growing up, learning about the songs his great-grandfather played. 

While attending college in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Dennis became involved with the French Creole population of the Old Mines area. He spent about three years attending weekly house parties or "bouillons," learning to speak Creole French with many Creoles in the area including Kent Beaulne and Pete Boyer, and learning to play the fiddle styles of the Missouri French. He also recorded old-timers' oral histories and uncovered scratchy wax cylinder recordings.

http://creolefiddle.com/creolefiddle.com/Home.html 




Performers
avatar for Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt

Originally from southern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt grew up in the shadow of the French Creoles of Vincennes, Indiana, where he was introduced to local French music. Dennis's great-grandfather Benjamin Stroughmatt was a fiddler and the first fiddle his son (Dennis's grandfather... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

2:15pm

MTAAP: Percussive Dance Presentation

As part of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Ron “Red” and Marcia LeClear and apprentice Jennifer Hamp discuss and demonstrate the art of percussive dance. Percussive dance is a highly rhythmic dance that relies on precise execution of foot-based dance.


Saturday August 8, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

2:30pm

Feufollet - Cajun
Lafayette, Louisiana
Cajun

Common interests in French language, music, and Louisiana heritage brought together the members of Feufollet, a group that has been recognized as one of the best and most accomplished young Cajun bands to emerge from Louisiana in recent years. The core members of Feufollet have been performing together since they were children and all are native French speakers of Southwestern Louisiana.

Composed of brothers Christopher (accordion, fiddle, guitar) and Michael Stafford (drums, percussion), Kelli Jones-Savoy (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Andrew Toups (keyboards), and Philippe Billeaudeaux (bass), Feufollet is very active in promoting the Cajun culture and heritage of Louisiana and performs original and traditional songs in French, including some from the 1800s and early 1900s.  The band has performed in countless local Louisiana venues as well as in concerts and festivals in Canada and the United States; this will mark the fourth time that Feufollet has appeared at the Great Lakes Folk Festival. 


http://feufollet.net/

Performers
avatar for Philippe Billeaudeaux

Philippe Billeaudeaux

Philippe plays bass for the Cajun band, Feufollet
avatar for Kelli Jones-Savoy

Kelli Jones-Savoy

Member of Feufollet.  Kelli sings and plays fiddle and guitar.
avatar for Christopher Stafford

Christopher Stafford

Longtime multi instumentalist for Feufollet.  Chris plays accordion, fiddle and guitar and also sings.
avatar for Michael Stafford

Michael Stafford

Michael Stafford is the percussionist for the Cajun band Feufollet.  He and brother Christopher have been performing together since they were young teens.
avatar for Andrew Toups

Andrew Toups

Andrew Toups handles the keyboards for the Cajun band, Feufollet.


Saturday August 8, 2015 2:30pm - 3:20pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

2:30pm

Community Sing- Alan Lomax, Popular Songbook
Join your voices in song with friends and neighbors. This year we'll honor the life and work of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax (1915-2002).  Singing will be lead by Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, and Lansing song leader, performer and educator, Sally Potter.  

Performers
avatar for Seth Bernard

Seth Bernard

Seth will play with his Father, Bob Bernard for the Waltz Hour at the Dance Tent.  Seth will also be one of the song leaders at the Community Singing session on Saturday
avatar for May Erlewine

May Erlewine

May will accompany Bob Bernard for the Waltz Hour at the dance tent on Saturday.  She will also be a song leader for the Community Sing.
avatar for Sally Potter

Sally Potter

Local Educator, performer and community leader, Sally Potter will be one of the song leaders at the Community Sing.  Saturday, 2:30pm at the City Hall Stage


Saturday August 8, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

3:00pm

Arts and Health: Art for Charlie and LAAN/NAMES
More info coming soon.

Saturday August 8, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

3:30pm

Joey Tomsick Orchestra - Cleveland Polka
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Polka

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and years later — following Frank's retirement — Joey would begin teaching accordion. During high school, Joey was a four-year member of the marching band, jazz and pep bands, and was elected president of the high school band as a senior. For several years, Joey was also the Director of Cleveland's Circle 2 Button Box Club, and in 1983, he established the Euclid Squeezeboxers Button Box Club.

As an understudy of musicians Ted Hoyer, Lou Trebar, and Dante Picciati, Joey was inspired to form his own band in 1984. That year, radio Hall of Famer Tony Petkovsek invited Joey to begin co-broadcasting with him on weekend programming, and he can still be heard from time to time on WELW. In addition to Joey's musical career, he is a Founding Trustee for the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (ASPF), and Editor of the organization's newsletter, The Quarterly.

http://joeytomsick.com/ 



Performers
avatar for Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin (saxophone/clarinet), a music student of Polka Hall of Famer, Lou Sadar, has performed with a number of Cleveland-style bands including Dave Wretschko, Kenny Zagar, and polka great, Joey Miskulin. In 1985, his friendship and musical association with Joey Tomsick began... Read More →
avatar for Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.'s (bass) father was among Cleveland's most popular accordion virtuosos when Hank was growing up, and at 13, Hank's parents purchased his first instrument for him, a piano accordion. By 25, however, Hank had decided to pursue playing the electric bass, which ultimately... Read More →
avatar for Jim Penko

Jim Penko

Jim Penko (drums), whose father, Stan, played accordion at family parties, yearned to perform with his dad, and at the age of 5, got his first "toy" drum set. At 11, Jim began three years of lessons on the accordion, but playing drums remained his passion, and four years later, his... Read More →
avatar for Joey Tomsick

Joey Tomsick

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →

Bands
JT

Joey Tomsick Orchestra

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

3:45pm

Year of China - Tea Traditions
Saturday August 8, 2015 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

3:45pm

Newtown - Bluegrass
Lexington, Kentucky
Bluegrass

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention. In the 1980s and '90s, bluegrass musician Pete Wernick, first President of the International Bluegrass Music Association, assembled various all-star bands of young musicians, the Young Acoustic All-Stars, which included a twelve-year-old Kati Penn. She then went on to work a stint with the New Coon Creek Girls and later joined band mate Dale Ann Bradley in her band the Dale Ann Bradley Band. She then followed that with a try at a country-oriented career before returning to Bluegrass. Her main influences were Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks (who performed at the 2004 Great Lakes Folk Festival) on fiddle and the singing of Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, Sonya Isaacs, and Lee Ann Womack.

 Kati's husband, Junior Williams, complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the music business. He spent ten years with the gospel group, The Bishops, playing five instruments. The retirement of The Bishops opened a door for him to get into bluegrass, and Junior went on to found the Bluegrass band, NewFound Road, which he led for seven years as banjo/guitar player, lead and tenor singer.

 C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene, his obsession with bluegrass music was sparked. He soon began studying the styles of Tony Rice, Chris Eldridge, Tim Stafford and Clarence White.

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, and Tony Rice. He has also performed with The Bluegrass Partners.


http://thenewtownband.com/ 

Performers
avatar for C. J. Cain

C. J. Cain

C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene... Read More →
avatar for Clint Hurd

Clint Hurd

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan... Read More →
avatar for Kati Penn

Kati Penn

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →
avatar for Junior Williams

Junior Williams

Junior Williams (married to bandmate Kati Penn) , complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the... Read More →

Bands
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Newtown

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 3:45pm - 4:35pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

4:15pm

Uprizin Steel Band - Caribbean Steel Drum
Detroit, Michigan
Steel Drum Jazz
http://caribbeanconnection2002.com/uprizin 

Performers
LS

Lyndon Sorzano

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 4:15pm - 5:05pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

4:30pm

5:00pm

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton - Blues/Ragtime/Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Blues

 Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street. He first tried to learn fiddle at 12, taking lessons at school on Saturdays, but soon switched to banjo, guitar, and piano. 

When he was 16, he played his first official concert, earning $100 in South Central's West Adams neighborhood, playing songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin' Hopkins. It was also at about this time that Jerron's eyesight began to fail him, and at 17, he was diagnosed with congenital retinal deterioration and cone dystrophy; he was legally blind. 

Jerron would be the first in his family to go to college, attending Marist College near Poughkeepsie, New York. He studied philosophy and history, but would often cut classes to spend time in the music room in order to practice piano. Whenever he could, he went to New York City to explore the folk scene. He discovered The Jalopy in Brooklyn, where he met the Wileys; Feral Foster (who hosted the "Roots and Ruckus" hootenannies on Wednesday nights); Eli Smith (Down Hill Strugglers, host of the online Down Home Radio Show, co-founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival); and banjo player Hubby Jenkins (now a member of the old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops).

Paxton will serve as artistic director of the Port Townsend festival, where he'll play and teach in late July and August. 


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Boy-Paxton/297367436949192 

Performers
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Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

5:00pm

Tejano Sound Band

Saturday August 8, 2015 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

5:30pm

Bharatanatyam Indian Dancers

As part of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Roopa Shyamasundara and apprentice Sruthi Ramesh will discuss and perform the classical Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, expression and sculpturesque poses.


Performers
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Roopa Shyamasundara

Roopa Shyamasundara was born in India where she learned to dance classical Indian dance from noted dance instructors and gurus and was supported by dance scholarships from the government of India. After graduating with degrees in dance and establishing a career as a performer, she... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 5:30pm - 6:15pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

5:30pm

Old-time Musicians' Jam
Bring your unamplfied stringed instrument (banjo, guitar, fiddle, mando, etc) and join with players from the Greater Lansing area in playing traditional reels, jigs and waltzs. Ethnomusicologist Molly McBride will led the session. If you don't play an instrument, you can sit and enjoy the sound of 20-30 folks all playing together.

Saturday August 8, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

6:15pm

The Hot Club of Cowtown - Western Swing
Austin, Texas
Western Swing

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away." (The Independent


Performers
avatar for Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma, location of the legendary Cain's Ballroom, home of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He took an interest in American roots music at an early age and decided to explore its variations through the sound of the double bass. He has become one of... Read More →
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Elana James

Elana James came to western swing fairly late and through a circuitous route. She grew up in Kansas where, as a child, she learned classical violin, the instrument of her mother, a concert violinist. During college in New York, Elana switched to viola and played in the New York Youth... Read More →
avatar for Whit Smith

Whit Smith

Born to musical parents, Whit Smith was exposed right away to a life of practicing and performing. Originally self-taught on the guitar, by the time he was a teenager Smith had realized the advantages to taking lessons and began studying with numerous teachers, including guitarist... Read More →

Bands
HC

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away." (The Independent) Elana James came to... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 6:15pm - 7:05pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

6:30pm

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole - French Creole
Albion, Tennessee
Cajun/Creole Fiddle
http://creolefiddle.com/creolefiddle.com/Home.html 

Performers
avatar for Dennis Stroughmatt

Dennis Stroughmatt

Originally from southern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt grew up in the shadow of the French Creoles of Vincennes, Indiana, where he was introduced to local French music. Dennis's great-grandfather Benjamin Stroughmatt was a fiddler and the first fiddle his son (Dennis's grandfather... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 6:30pm - 7:20pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

6:30pm

Waltz Hour
Lake City, Michigan
Waltz Fiddle

Ah, the waltz.  A lovely, simple dance in 3/4 time.  grab a friend or spouse or just someone nearby who looks like they want to dance and get out on the floor for a waltz.  Some basic instruction from 6:45 until about 7.

Performers
avatar for Bob Bernard

Bob Bernard

A third generation Michigan fiddler, Bob Bernard was born in Marquette, Michigan in 1944.  His grandfather, father and mother all played the fiddle. Although his grandfather died before he ever got a chance to hear him play, Bernard’s parents participated in house parties and other... Read More →
avatar for Seth Bernard

Seth Bernard

Seth will play with his Father, Bob Bernard for the Waltz Hour at the Dance Tent.  Seth will also be one of the song leaders at the Community Singing session on Saturday
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May Erlewine

May will accompany Bob Bernard for the Waltz Hour at the dance tent on Saturday.  She will also be a song leader for the Community Sing.


Saturday August 8, 2015 6:30pm - 7:40pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

7:30pm

The Tannahill Weavers - Scottish Celtic
Paisley, Scotland
Scottish Celtic

The Tannahill Weavers were formed in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, following a regular session in a back room of a club run by Pat Doherty, father of one of the group's founding members, Neil Doherty. They take their name from the town’s poet laureate and writer of folk songs, Robert Tannahill (known as the "Weaver Poet"), and the industry for which Paisley was once known: weaving. Known as the Tannahills, or the Tannies for short, the band’s traditional musical style focuses on Highland Celtic music, and it was one of the first bands to incorporate the predominately solo instrument, the Great Highland bagpipes, as a main stage instrument.

Two of its founding members, Roy Gullane (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistle, bodhrán) are still with the band, which also includes John Martin (fiddle, vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles). Gullane has long been fascinated with traditional Celtic music, and notes that it was hearing the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sing “The Wild Colonial Boy” on television that convinced him that he wanted to play Celtic music. As a group, “we were very influenced by the energy of the JSD Band in the early days. We actually hung out with them every time they were in town. We were also very much influenced by Ireland’s Bothy Band.”

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician in various theatre, film and television productions, as well as recording a solo fiddle album and The Braes of Lochiel as a duo with Billy Ross He has also been a member of Contraband, Ossian and the Easy Club.

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre. On leaving school, Lorne studied for the BA Scottish Music - Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with honors in 2005, one of the first graduates on the RSAMD's piping course. He has played in Grade 1 pipe bands from an early age including leading bands like Scottish Power.


http://tannahillweavers.com

Performers
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Roy Gullane

Founding member of The Tannahill Weavers.  Roy plays guitar, banjo and sings in the group.
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Lorne MacDougall

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year, in the 2012, Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold... Read More →
avatar for John Martin

John Martin

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician... Read More →
avatar for Phil Smillie

Phil Smillie

Founding member of the Tannahill Weavers.  Phil plays flute, whistle, and bodhrán (hand drum).

Bands
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Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers were formed in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, following a regular session in a back room of a club run by Pat Doherty, father of one of the group's founding members, Neil Doherty. They take their name from the town’s poet laureate and writer of folk songs, Robert... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 7:30pm - 8:20pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

7:45pm

Fiddle Traditions Showcase
Several Fiddlers will compare styles, technique and influences.

Saturday August 8, 2015 7:45pm - 8:30pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

8:00pm

Joey Tomsick Orchestra - Cleveland Polka
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Polka

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and years later — following Frank's retirement — Joey would begin teaching accordion. During high school, Joey was a four-year member of the marching band, jazz and pep bands, and was elected president of the high school band as a senior. For several years, Joey was also the Director of Cleveland's Circle 2 Button Box Club, and in 1983, he established the Euclid Squeezeboxers Button Box Club.

As an understudy of musicians Ted Hoyer, Lou Trebar, and Dante Picciati, Joey was inspired to form his own band in 1984. That year, radio Hall of Famer Tony Petkovsek invited Joey to begin co-broadcasting with him on weekend programming, and he can still be heard from time to time on WELW. In addition to Joey's musical career, he is a Founding Trustee for the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (ASPF), and Editor of the organization's newsletter, The Quarterly.

http://joeytomsick.com/ 






Performers
avatar for Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin (saxophone/clarinet), a music student of Polka Hall of Famer, Lou Sadar, has performed with a number of Cleveland-style bands including Dave Wretschko, Kenny Zagar, and polka great, Joey Miskulin. In 1985, his friendship and musical association with Joey Tomsick began... Read More →
avatar for Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.'s (bass) father was among Cleveland's most popular accordion virtuosos when Hank was growing up, and at 13, Hank's parents purchased his first instrument for him, a piano accordion. By 25, however, Hank had decided to pursue playing the electric bass, which ultimately... Read More →
avatar for Jim Penko

Jim Penko

Jim Penko (drums), whose father, Stan, played accordion at family parties, yearned to perform with his dad, and at the age of 5, got his first "toy" drum set. At 11, Jim began three years of lessons on the accordion, but playing drums remained his passion, and four years later, his... Read More →
avatar for Joey Tomsick

Joey Tomsick

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →

Bands
JT

Joey Tomsick Orchestra

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

8:45pm

Newtown - Bluegrass
Lexington, Kentucky
Bluegrass

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention. In the 1980s and '90s, bluegrass musician Pete Wernick, first President of the International Bluegrass Music Association, assembled various all-star bands of young musicians, the Young Acoustic All-Stars, which included a twelve-year-old Kati Penn. She then went on to work a stint with the New Coon Creek Girls and later joined band mate Dale Ann Bradley in her band the Dale Ann Bradley Band. She then followed that with a try at a country-oriented career before returning to Bluegrass. Her main influences were Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks (who performed at the 2004 Great Lakes Folk Festival) on fiddle and the singing of Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, Sonya Isaacs, and Lee Ann Womack.

 Kati's husband, Junior Williams, complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the music business. He spent ten years with the gospel group, The Bishops, playing five instruments. The retirement of The Bishops opened a door for him to get into bluegrass, and Junior went on to found the Bluegrass band, NewFound Road, which he led for seven years as banjo/guitar player, lead and tenor singer.

 C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene, his obsession with bluegrass music was sparked. He soon began studying the styles of Tony Rice, Chris Eldridge, Tim Stafford and Clarence White.

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, and Tony Rice. He has also performed with The Bluegrass Partners.


http://thenewtownband.com/ 

Performers
avatar for C. J. Cain

C. J. Cain

C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene... Read More →
avatar for Clint Hurd

Clint Hurd

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan... Read More →
avatar for Kati Penn

Kati Penn

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →
avatar for Junior Williams

Junior Williams

Junior Williams (married to bandmate Kati Penn) , complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the... Read More →

Bands
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Newtown

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 8:45pm - 9:35pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

8:45pm

The Down Hill Strugglers - Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Old-Time 

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands such as The Skillet Lickers, Dykes Magic City Trio, The Mississippi Sheiks, and J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers among many others. They are influenced and inspired by the direct fusion of Scots-Irish and African music that took place in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War. The band has had the opportunity to learn directly from living tradition bearers, especially Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson and Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton, as well as from their friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, who himself learned from tradition bearers including Roscoe Holcomb, Maybelle Carter, George Landers, Frank Proffitt, Wade Ward, and others. 

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters Mike Seeger, Jody Stecher and occasional Down Hill Struggler, John Cohen.  Eli also produces two folk music festivals annually in New York City — the Brooklyn Folk Festival and the Washington Square Park Folk Festival.  He has produced a folk, traditional and vernacular music podcast, Down Home Radio, which has recently transformed into a television program as Down Home TV on the Brooklyn Independent Media network.  Eli co-founded Down Home Radio with the well-known folklorist/ethnomusicologist Henrietta Yurchenco.  He has conducted many interviews and field recording sessions with traditional musicians and is currently preparing a forthcoming book, the "Oral History of Folk Music in New York City: 1935-75" which will be published in 2016. 

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer, Walker has been attracted to some of the most unusual and unfathomable voices of the past, including Roscoe Holcomb, Jimmie Rodgers, Gaither Carlton, Fiddlin’ John Carson, and B. F. Shelton. They all serve as a springboard for his interpretation.

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings, 78rpm records, and directly from Clyde Davenport and Pat Conte.

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He has documented traditional musicians including Roscoe Holcomb, Eck Robertson, Maybelle Carter, George Landers, Frank Proffitt, Banjo Bill Cornett, Rev. Gary Davis and others.


http://downhillstrugglers.blogspot.com/ 

Performers
avatar for John Cohen

John Cohen

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He... Read More →
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Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
avatar for Walker Shepard

Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
avatar for Eli Smith

Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →

Bands
DH

Down Hill Strugglers

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 8:45pm - 9:35pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

9:45pm

Genticorum - Quebecois
Montreal, Quebec
Quebecois
http://www.genticorum.com 

The music of Quebec, plus fun, simple, community dances.  Grab a partner and join the fun!
All dances taught and called. 

Performers
avatar for Yann Falquet

Yann Falquet

With a Bachelor's degree in jazz, Yann Falquet had the least exposure to traditional music growing up, not having been introduced to it until he was 18 or 19. His friends encouraged him with traditional recordings and took him to concerts by bands such as La Bottine Souriante and... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme's grandfather played traditional fiddle so when he grew up he heard the fiddle and the traditional songs that his granddad used to sing. With a degree in big-band arrangement and classical and jazz guitar, Pascal has given master classes in the United States and taught... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Pietravalle

Laurie Pietravalle

Laurie has known the love of dance all her life. She started early with tap, and moved through ballroom, country, swing, and Irish Set, and on to Contras and Squares. She started calling a bit by accident when she organized the first callers workshop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

The newest member of Genticorum, Nicholas Williams, studied world music, composition, and improvisation at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 1998, he has immersed himself in the traditional dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec, as well as the classical... Read More →

Bands
G

Genticorum

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 9:45pm - 10:50pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

10:00pm

The Hot Club of Cowtown - Western Swing
Austin, Texas
Western Swing

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away." (The Independent)







http://www.hotclubofcowtown.com/ 

Performers
avatar for Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma, location of the legendary Cain's Ballroom, home of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He took an interest in American roots music at an early age and decided to explore its variations through the sound of the double bass. He has become one of... Read More →
avatar for Elana James

Elana James

Elana James came to western swing fairly late and through a circuitous route. She grew up in Kansas where, as a child, she learned classical violin, the instrument of her mother, a concert violinist. During college in New York, Elana switched to viola and played in the New York Youth... Read More →
avatar for Whit Smith

Whit Smith

Born to musical parents, Whit Smith was exposed right away to a life of practicing and performing. Originally self-taught on the guitar, by the time he was a teenager Smith had realized the advantages to taking lessons and began studying with numerous teachers, including guitarist... Read More →

Bands
HC

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away." (The Independent) Elana James came to... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

10:00pm

Uprizin Steel Band - Caribbean Steel Drum
Detroit, Michigan
Steel Drum Jazz
http://caribbeanconnection2002.com/uprizin 

Performers
LS

Lyndon Sorzano

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →

Bands
US

Uprizin Steel Drum Band

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 10:00pm - 10:50pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road
 
Sunday, August 9
 

12:00pm

Matt Kazmierski - Marimba

As part of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Matt Kazmierski and apprentice Alex Smith discuss techniques in marimba building and demonstrate their playing skills. Their skills span multiple types and sizes of marimbas and other percussion instruments.


Sunday August 9, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

12:00pm

Uprizin Steel Band - Caribbean Steel Drum
Detroit, Michigan
Steel Drum Jazz
http://caribbeanconnection2002.com/uprizin 

Performers
LS

Lyndon Sorzano

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →

Bands
US

Uprizin Steel Drum Band

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

12:00pm

Grupo Azteca - Tejano
Sunday August 9, 2015 12:00pm - 1:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

12:15pm

"Ain't No Joke" Traditions Showcase
accordion, banjo, and bagpipes


Sunday August 9, 2015 12:15pm - 1:05pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

12:45pm

1:15pm

Genticorum - Quebecois
Montreal, Quebec
Quebecois

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a jubilant musical feast.

Genticorum was formed by Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Yann Falquet (guitar) and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, three musicians who found a love for French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk music. Genticorum gained their name from a word which Gemme remembers his grandfather singing, although he is unsure of the meaning. He believes it carries with it an association with the words gentil (gentle or nice) and quorum.

The group is active in Quebec's traditional dance scene and offers custom tailored bilingual workshops on fiddle, flute, guitar, songs, and foot tapping. Genticorum's second album, Malins Plaisirs (2005) won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Ensemble and was nominated for Canada’s Juno and the Félix Awards.


http://www.genticorum.com 

Performers
avatar for Yann Falquet

Yann Falquet

With a Bachelor's degree in jazz, Yann Falquet had the least exposure to traditional music growing up, not having been introduced to it until he was 18 or 19. His friends encouraged him with traditional recordings and took him to concerts by bands such as La Bottine Souriante and... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme's grandfather played traditional fiddle so when he grew up he heard the fiddle and the traditional songs that his granddad used to sing. With a degree in big-band arrangement and classical and jazz guitar, Pascal has given master classes in the United States and taught... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Williams

Nicholas Williams

The newest member of Genticorum, Nicholas Williams, studied world music, composition, and improvisation at York University in Toronto. Since graduating in 1998, he has immersed himself in the traditional dance music of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Québec, as well as the classical... Read More →

Bands
G

Genticorum

Over the past decade the traditional Québécois group Genticorum has become a fixture in the international, traditional, folk, and Celtic music circuit. Firmly rooted in the soil of their French-Canadian homeland, the trio also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 1:15pm - 2:05pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

1:30pm

Sam Herman and Micah Ling - Banjo

As part of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, join Sam Herman and apprentice Micah Ling for a musical performance of advanced old-time banjo styles and techniques. Herman’s techniques are influenced from his travels in the Midwest, Mid-South, and Appalachia.


Sunday August 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

1:30pm

Joey Tomsick Orchestra - Cleveland Polka
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Polka

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and years later — following Frank's retirement — Joey would begin teaching accordion. During high school, Joey was a four-year member of the marching band, jazz and pep bands, and was elected president of the high school band as a senior. For several years, Joey was also the Director of Cleveland's Circle 2 Button Box Club, and in 1983, he established the Euclid Squeezeboxers Button Box Club.

As an  unofficial student of musicians Ted Hoyer, Lou Trebar, and Dante Picciati, Joey was inspired to form his own band in 1984. That year, radio Hall of Famer Tony Petkovsek invited Joey to begin co-broadcasting with him on weekend programming, and he can still be heard from time to time on WELW. In addition to Joey's musical career, he is a Founding Trustee for the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (ASPF), and Editor of the organization's newsletter, The Quarterly.

http://joeytomsick.com/ 



Performers
avatar for Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin (saxophone/clarinet), a music student of Polka Hall of Famer, Lou Sadar, has performed with a number of Cleveland-style bands including Dave Wretschko, Kenny Zagar, and polka great, Joey Miskulin. In 1985, his friendship and musical association with Joey Tomsick began... Read More →
avatar for Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.'s (bass) father was among Cleveland's most popular accordion virtuosos when Hank was growing up, and at 13, Hank's parents purchased his first instrument for him, a piano accordion. By 25, however, Hank had decided to pursue playing the electric bass, which ultimately... Read More →
avatar for Jim Penko

Jim Penko

Jim Penko (drums), whose father, Stan, played accordion at family parties, yearned to perform with his dad, and at the age of 5, got his first "toy" drum set. At 11, Jim began three years of lessons on the accordion, but playing drums remained his passion, and four years later, his... Read More →
avatar for Joey Tomsick

Joey Tomsick

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →

Bands
JT

Joey Tomsick Orchestra

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

1:30pm

Celebrating Alan Lomax
Treasures from the Archive Roadshow: Celebrating Alan Lomax & The
Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress" is an outreach
program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
This roadshow draws together nationally recognized folk musicians who
play songs they have learned directly from the Lomax Collection and
other important collections at the American Folklife Center. Famed
folklorist Alan Lomax would have been one hundred years old in 2015. 

Performers
avatar for John Cohen

John Cohen

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He... Read More →
avatar for Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
avatar for Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street... Read More →
avatar for Walker Shepard

Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
avatar for Eli Smith

Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:40pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

2:15pm

Meet the Artists - Yvonne Walker Keshick

Yvonne Walker Keshick has been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship for her exquisite (porcupine) quill work boxes.  Come and hear more about her history and this fascinating Native craft. 


Sunday August 9, 2015 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

2:30pm

Newtown - Bluegrass
Lexington, Kentucky
Bluegrass

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention. In the 1980s and '90s, bluegrass musician Pete Wernick, first President of the International Bluegrass Music Association, assembled various all-star bands of young musicians, the Young Acoustic All-Stars, which included a twelve-year-old Kati Penn. She then went on to work a stint with the New Coon Creek Girls and later joined band mate Dale Ann Bradley in her band the Dale Ann Bradley Band. She then followed that with a try at a country-oriented career before returning to Bluegrass. Her main influences were Stuart Duncan and Bobby Hicks (who performed at the 2004 Great Lakes Folk Festival) on fiddle and the singing of Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, Sonya Isaacs, and Lee Ann Womack.

 Kati's husband, Junior Williams, complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the music business. He spent ten years with the gospel group, The Bishops, playing five instruments. The retirement of The Bishops opened a door for him to get into bluegrass, and Junior went on to found the Bluegrass band, NewFound Road, which he led for seven years as banjo/guitar player, lead and tenor singer.

 C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene, his obsession with bluegrass music was sparked. He soon began studying the styles of Tony Rice, Chris Eldridge, Tim Stafford and Clarence White.

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, and Tony Rice. He has also performed with The Bluegrass Partners.


http://thenewtownband.com/ 

Performers
avatar for C. J. Cain

C. J. Cain

C.J. Cain is the guitarist and senior member of Newtown. C.J. was originally drawn to the guitar by the blues. His original goal was to become a rock musician but after attending a bluegrass music festival with his father, where he was first exposed to the sound of the Seldom Scene... Read More →
avatar for Clint Hurd

Clint Hurd

Multi-instrumentalist Clint Hurd is no stranger to bluegrass and acoustic music, having been a member of such bands as Cumberland Gap Connection, Rough Edges Band, The Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley Band. His greatest influences include his father, Dwight Hurd, Bill Monroe, Alan... Read More →
avatar for Kati Penn

Kati Penn

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →
avatar for Junior Williams

Junior Williams

Junior Williams (married to bandmate Kati Penn) , complements Kati with high harmony and lead vocals, banjo and guitar. Growing up in a Baptist preacher's home, Junior learned early how to sing and play music. Learning guitar at 6 and singing even earlier, Junior is a veteran in the... Read More →

Bands
N

Newtown

Kati Penn started playing the fiddle in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of 9. Her father played several instruments (but not on a professional level) around the house when she was little. She remembers him playing mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, but the fiddle was what caught her attention... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:20pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

3:00pm

Masters of Harmony - A Capella Gospel
Detroit, Michigan
A Capella Gospel

Masters of Harmony originally organized in 1953, and have performed with many concert notables from the Christian music industry and they foster a bridge from the best of the old to the best of the new, ministering to the young and old alike.

Group members of The Masters of Harmony include founder Brother Thomas Kelly, and members Brother Neal Lewis, Brother David Greer, and Brother O’Brian Walker.

Brother Thomas Kelly’s family migrated from Earlstown, Alabama to Detroit in 1922 for employment. Years later he and his wife raised three children while he managed a Capella gospel quartet performances. In the 1930’s there was a strong demand for live Sunday religious programing and he worked nearly every week at WJLB-AM. “Detroit used to be the best black gospel city,” noted Brother Kelly. Over the years the quartets have made several recordings.


http://detroitdissolving.blogspot.com/2015/02/detroits-oldest-performing-musician-is_5.html 

Performers
avatar for David Greer

David Greer

Member of the Masters of Harmony- a Detroit based A Cappella, Gospel Quartet
avatar for Thomas Kelly

Thomas Kelly

Founder of the Masters of Harmony, A Cappella Gospel from Detroit, Michigan.Masters of Harmony originally organized in 1953, and have performed with many concert notables from the Christian music industry and they foster a bridge from the best of the old to the best of the new, ministering... Read More →
avatar for Neal Lewis

Neal Lewis

Member of the Masters of Harmony - a Detroit based Gospel Quartet
avatar for O'Brian Walker

O'Brian Walker

Member of the Masters of Harmony.

Bands
MO

Masters of Harmony

Masters of Harmony originally organized in 1953, and have performed with many concert notables from the Christian music industry and they foster a bridge from the best of the old to the best of the new, ministering to the young and old alike. Group members of The Masters of Harmony... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

3:00pm

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.

Since 1985, the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program (MTAP) has recognized the achievements of Michigan artists in material culture, performance and community leadership. The honorees have been drawn from all corners of the state and reflect the great diversity of skills, ethnicities and backgrounds of Michiganders. Some have also been honored as recipients of the National Heritage Fellowships awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This year's awardees are Ronald W. Aherns of Three Oaks for lacemaking and Stephen Stier of Empire for historic barn preservation.

Sunday August 9, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

3:00pm

Uprizin Steel Band - Caribbean Steel Drum
Detroit, Michigan
Steel Drum Jazz
http://caribbeanconnection2002.com/uprizin 

Performers
LS

Lyndon Sorzano

Led by Trinidad-born steel drummer virtuoso Lyndon Sorzano, Uprizin performs jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. Lyndon began playing steel drums at the age of 8. In Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

3:45pm

The Hot Club of Cowtown - Western Swing
Austin, Texas
Western Swing
http://www.hotclubofcowtown.com/ 

Performers
avatar for Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin

Jake Erwin hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma, location of the legendary Cain's Ballroom, home of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. He took an interest in American roots music at an early age and decided to explore its variations through the sound of the double bass. He has become one of... Read More →
avatar for Elana James

Elana James

Elana James came to western swing fairly late and through a circuitous route. She grew up in Kansas where, as a child, she learned classical violin, the instrument of her mother, a concert violinist. During college in New York, Elana switched to viola and played in the New York Youth... Read More →
avatar for Whit Smith

Whit Smith

Born to musical parents, Whit Smith was exposed right away to a life of practicing and performing. Originally self-taught on the guitar, by the time he was a teenager Smith had realized the advantages to taking lessons and began studying with numerous teachers, including guitarist... Read More →

Bands
HC

Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, The Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away." (The Independent) Elana James came to... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 3:45pm - 4:35pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave

4:00pm

Arts and Health: Quilting
Sunday August 9, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Campus and Community 200 Abbot Rd

4:00pm

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton - Blues/Ragtime/Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Blues/Ragtime/Old-time

 Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street. He first tried to learn fiddle at 12, taking lessons at school on Saturdays, but soon switched to banjo, guitar, and piano. 

When he was 16, he played his first official concert, earning $100 in South Central's West Adams neighborhood, playing songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightnin' Hopkins. It was also at about this time that Jerron's eyesight began to fail him, and at 17, he was diagnosed with congenital retinal deterioration and cone dystrophy; he was legally blind. 

Jerron would be the first in his family to go to college, attending Marist College near Poughkeepsie, New York. He studied philosophy and history, but would often cut classes to spend time in the music room in order to practice piano. Whenever he could, he went to New York City to explore the folk scene. He discovered The Jalopy in Brooklyn, where he met the Wileys; Feral Foster (who hosted the "Roots and Ruckus" hootenannies on Wednesday nights); Eli Smith (Down Hill Strugglers, host of the online Down Home Radio Show, co-founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival); and banjo player Hubby Jenkins (now a member of the old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops).

Paxton will serve as artistic director of the Port Townsend festival, where he'll play and teach in late July and August. 


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Boy-Paxton/297367436949192 

Performers
avatar for Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton

Jerron Paxton was born in 1989 in South Central Los Angeles and grew up surrounded by his Louisiana emigré family: four generations on a single block. He lived with his mother, a set of grandparents, an uncle, and an aunt. His great-grandmother, born in 1906, lived across the street... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

4:30pm

The Down Hill Strugglers - Old-time
Brooklyn, New York
Old-Time 
http://downhillstrugglers.blogspot.com/ 

Grab a partner and join the dance!

Performers
avatar for John Cohen

John Cohen

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He... Read More →
avatar for Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
avatar for Walker Shepard

Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
avatar for Eli Smith

Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →

Bands
DH

Down Hill Strugglers

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2015 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

5:00pm

The Tannahill Weavers - Scottish Celtic
Paisley, Scotland
Scottish Celtic

The Tannahill Weavers were formed in 1968 in Paisley, Scotland, following a regular session in a back room of a club run by Pat Doherty, father of one of the group's founding members, Neil Doherty. They take their name from the town’s poet laureate and writer of folk songs, Robert Tannahill (known as the "Weaver Poet"), and the industry for which Paisley was once known: weaving. Known as the Tannahills, or the Tannies for short, the band’s traditional musical style focuses on Highland Celtic music, and it was one of the first bands to incorporate the predominately solo instrument, the Great Highland bagpipes, as a main stage instrument.

Two of its founding members, Roy Gullane (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Phil Smillie (flute, whistle, bodhrán) are still with the band, which also includes John Martin (fiddle, vocals) and Lorne MacDougall (Highland bagpipes, Scottish small pipes, whistles). Gullane has long been fascinated with traditional Celtic music, and notes that it was hearing the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sing “The Wild Colonial Boy” on television that convinced him that he wanted to play Celtic music. As a group, “we were very influenced by the energy of the JSD Band in the early days. We actually hung out with them every time they were in town. We were also very much influenced by Ireland’s Bothy Band.”

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician in various theatre, film and television productions, as well as recording a solo fiddle album and The Braes of Lochiel as a duo with Billy Ross He has also been a member of Contraband, Ossian and the Easy Club.

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold of Kintyre. On leaving school, Lorne studied for the BA Scottish Music - Piping at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, graduating with honors in 2005, one of the first graduates on the RSAMD's piping course. He has played in Grade 1 pipe bands from an early age including leading bands like Scottish Power.


http://tannahillweavers.com

Performers
avatar for Roy Gullane

Roy Gullane

Founding member of The Tannahill Weavers.  Roy plays guitar, banjo and sings in the group.
avatar for Lorne MacDougall

Lorne MacDougall

Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist, and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year, in the 2012, Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He was born and brought up in Carradale, in the piping stronghold... Read More →
avatar for John Martin

John Martin

John Martin started winning fiddle competitions and made his first recording for the BBC at the age of 14. He also plays cello, viola and sings. In addition to his work with the Tannahill Weavers, he does a great deal of studio work, and has been involved as a traditional musician... Read More →
avatar for Phil Smillie

Phil Smillie

Founding member of the Tannahill Weavers.  Phil plays flute, whistle, and bodhrán (hand drum).


Sunday August 9, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
MAC Stage 300 M.A.C. Ave