August 12-14, 2011

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The Michigan State University Museum would like to take a moment to send our thanks to all the artists, volunteers, sponsors and friends who helped make the Great Lakes Folk Festival a memorable celebration of culture, tradition and community. We had some fluky weather this year, and we were heartened by how many people came and stayed throughout a couple of downpours. Whew! Who's ready to do this all again next year?!

We've received many wonderful comments about the event, which we genuinely appreciate. There's immense pride at the MSU Museum every year in putting together this magical mix of skilled artists from so many corners of the world who share their talents and connect with audiences in a way that truly resonates and endures. This event belongs to all of us, and you can be a part of its continued success in important ways: please visit our web site,, and make a donation and/or take our visitor survey!

Lansing State Journal
State News (story and photo gallery)
Edible Obsession
MI Entertainment
Raymond Holt
WKAR Public Broadcasting

Share yours! Send us your photos, online galleries, blogs or other links and we'll add them to our GLFF web page and MSU Museum Facebook page.

The MSU Museum will also be producing a "Festive Images" photo exhibition at the MSU Museum as well.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GLFF 2012! The festival continues to be widely recognized as one of the state's premiere arts and culture events. Be sure to save the date for the 2012 festival, the second weekend in August -- Aug. 10-12 -- and tell your friends, family and coworkers too!

MSU Museum curators and planners will begin work soon for next year's event. Check the GLFF web site for updates: .
You can also follow the festival on twitter and join our facebook group to get updates

Before the next folk festival, make the MSU Museum a destination, in the historic heart of north campus, just steps off Grand River Avenue in East Lansing. The MSU Museum is the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate.

The MSU Museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits and is open seven days and admission is by donation. The museum is located on West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus in East Lansing and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
For more information, call (517) 355-2370 .


Pictures from GLFF2011

Join us Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. as the festival kicks off with the Cajun sounds of Feufollet, a festival favorite as GLFF marks 10 years!

Friday night features an amazing, eclectic line-up of cultural expressions from across America and around the world: Scandinavian, Chinese pipa, Hawai'ian slack key guitar, accordion traditions showcase, New England barn dance, bluegrass, klezmer, reggae and Celtic.

The Taste of Traditions foodways vendors will be open as well, with authentic regional and ethnic food. Marketplace and children's activities are in full swing beginning at 12 noon Saturday and Sunday, anchored at the Albert-Abbot intersection.

Check the schedule for performance and workshop times:


In partnership with Lansing Jaycees, the Taste of the Great Lakes beverage tent (located near the Dance Tent) featuring a selection of Great Lakes beer and wine, as well as a selection of soft drinks; open during all festival hours. The Jaycees are planning to offer these regional beverages:

Atwater Block - Dirty Blond;
Frankenmuth Brewery - Munich Dunkel;
North Peak - Siren; Goose Island - IPA;
Leinenkugels - Seasonal (Summer Shandy or Octoberfest);
Leinenkugels - Sunset Wheat;
August Schell - Firebrick; and
Uncle Johns Ciders - Perry.

The cost is 50-cents for round-trip fare on either of the GLFF Bus Routes. Folks need to have exact change as the driver cannot make change. CATA customers can also use their CATA pass on these routes. Children under 42 inches tall ride for free.

CATA's  GLFF bus routes operate
Friday Aug 12-- 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Sat Aug 13-11am to 11:30pm
Sun Aug 14-11am to 6:30pm

Pick-up points:  MSU campus/Lot 91 onto Service Road to Hagadorn and East Lansing- Abbot Center/1500 Abbot Road (just north of Reno's)

The Great Lakes Folk Festival bus routes operate up to one hour before and after each day's events so you can go early and stay late!

Patrons pay the 50-cent fare upon boarding the bus at either park and ride lot and will be issued a boarding pass for their return trip.

These routes connect with CATA's other routes traveling to and from East Lansing. Transfers to other buses may be made at any bus stop along the route.


An audience favorite in the GLFF music lineup is the Traditions Showcase. Musicians from different groups take the stage to share and compare instruments, influences, techniques and traditions. What results is always insightful and spontaneous storytelling and musicianship.

ACCORDION TRADITIONS | Friday, Aug. 12 | 8 p.m., City Hall Stage
Christopher Stafford (Feufollet)
Walt Mahovolich (Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble)
Paul Finn (Téada)
Paul Wilson & Arne Anderson (Skålmusik)

LANGUAGE OF HULA | Friday, Aug. 12 | 9:15 p.m., City Hall Stage
George Kahumoku, Jr. (Hawai'ian slack key guitar)
Dr. Amy Stillman (dancer)
Angela Dewey (dancer)

FIDDLE TRADITIONS | Saturday, Aug. 13 | 1 p.m., City Hall Stage
Steven Greenman (Klezmer Ensemble)
Dudley & Jacqueline Laufman (New England Contra)
Oisín Mac Diarmada (Téada)
Christopher Segura (Feufollet)

GUITAR MASTERS | Saturday, Aug. 13 | 5:30 p.m., City Hall Stage
George Kahumoku, Jr. (Hawai'ian slack key guitar)
Calvin Cooke (sacred steel guitar/gospel)
Johnnie Bassett (blues)
Joel Mabus (Community Sing leader; flatpicker)

CROSSROADS | Sunday, Aug. 14 | 3:20 p.m., City Hall Stage
Marc Maziade (Réveillons!) - Banjo
Steven Greenman (Klezmer Ensemble) - Fiddle
Bob Anderson (Skålmusik) - Bass
Gao Hong - Pipa


You can tell your friends you've arrived at GLFF, here:
or just search "Great Lakes Folk Festival" as a venue.


For those of you on twitter, tell us what you like, where you're from and other observations, pictures and festival tips! Use the hashtag #GLFF and we'll retweet them throughout the weekend.


Please take a moment to fill out a GLFF festival survey to help us evaluate and plan for future events. We will have volunteers on-site, or you can complete the survey online (see links on the home pages of or


For the tenth year running, the Great Lakes Folk Festival is brought to you by the MSU Museum, its affiliates and sponsors. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us organize this year's festival and we would especially like to recognize the students and interns who have given their time, energy and enthusiasm to bring this event to life. They have worked in a variety of areas, including folk arts education programs, operations and administration, and marketing-communications, to help produce this large-scale community event and traditional arts showcase.

We would like to thank:
Meredith Brown
Meghan Burke
Hailey Chenevert
Elizabeth Flessland
Carlee Forbes
Lori Hagadorn
Charlotte Hutchens
Alicia Kildau
Emily Langenberg
Deonna Szawara
Stephanie Wottreng
Anna Yamaguchi

posted Aug 9, 2011

Re-skilling at GLFF!

What is re-skilling? Re-skilling festivals and workshops have cropped up around the country as a result of a grassroots effort to take proactive steps toward a transition to a low-energy economy. Meanwhile, many traditional lifeways are also "green" lifeways, in that they require less energy and can lead to a sustainable future. Re-skilling workshops at GLFF represent lifeways practiced routinely just a couple of generations ago, that have fallen out of use with the advent of high-energy use technology.

The idea of Re-skilling is to remind and retrain people in these traditional - and more sustainable - practices, hoping that they incorporate some of these skills into their daily lives.

Learn more about re-skilling workshops and sessions at GLFF and check the schedule for details.


This year's performance schedule is being presented using a new online event-management platform, also used by some of our fellow festivals.The schedule can be viewed on your computer and even right on site on your smart phone. There are also info pages about each performer, and information about the Grassroots Green stage sessions that are an important part of the Festival.

Check it out here:
Take a look around - try out different views of the schedule. To return to to the GLFF site, click on the festival header at the top of the schedule page.

Note: the schedule is always a work in progress- more information about this year's performers will be added and the stage schedule is subject to change.

Get social!
Getting started is easy, simply connect your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account and it will show your friends & contacts also attending. Not doing the social network thing? Create a private account to keep your plans to yourself.

Thanks to the City of East Lansing for sponsoring the music program.

5:30 - 7:30, RESKILLING TENT

Thanks to our fantastic partners in getting an old-time musicians' jam session going at GLFF again this year -- MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Community Music School/College of Music and Ten Pound Fiddle.

Come and make some music with us!


As part of the 2011 Great Lakes Folk Festival, the Michigan State University Museum will host a variety of tradition-bearers who carry on traditions that help restore, conserve and revitalize our planet.
Presentations, demonstrations and activities that feature individuals who engage in sustainable foodways, organic gardening, recycled arts and folk wisdom-will share information, ideas and activities that will help us consider the environment in the ways we live.

This year, we've also added some "reskilling" sessions, exploring everything from spoon carving and broom making, to beekeeping, kitchen cosmetics, backyard chickens, and more! Check out the lineup, as well as children's activities here:
Information about craft and green products vendors coming to the festival can be found at:


Just as we present a diverse, authentic menu of musical traditions, we do in our foodways area as well! Look forward to Native American, Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian and more cultural traditions.

We're also pleased to welcome back the Taste of the Great Lakes craft beer and wine tent, located near the Dance Stage, in partnership with the Lansing Jaycees!


Our volunteers are an amazing, agile crew that helps transform the City of East Lansing to a living exhibition of traditional arts expressions!

Info booths, artist transportation, children's activities, set-up and tear-down, surveys -- to learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here:


Thanks to the Capital Area Transportation Authority for extending bus service for our festival attendees! This popular option lets visitors park-and-ride, and buses run approx. every 10 minutes.

Green Route: Lot 91 (MSU campus), Service Road and Hagadorn
Red Route: Abbot Center (1500 Abbot Road, East Lansing)

If you'd rather bike down to the site, you can leave your bicycle in an attended lot on-site (at the corner of Evergreen and Albert), thanks to volunteers from the Mid-Michigan Environmental Council and others.


GLFF is a major community event that could not happen without major support from our sponsors. Be sure to thank them -- on-site and in the community. Thank you for your commitment to culture, tradition and community!

You can also make a secure donation online here:
or send a check to MSU Museum, West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824

To be added to our email list, contact

posted July 19, 2011

Festival favorites!

This year, GLFF marks its 10th year and the music program features "festival favorites" artists returning to the stage from years past. The music and dance program is now set with  Reggae, Hawai'ian slack-key guitar, sacred steel lap guitar, kelzmer, Middle Eastern, Québécois, Cajun, Bluegrass, Celtic, Scandinavian and more musical expressions from across America and around the world.

The music program, sponsored by the City of East Lansing, features:

Johnnie Bassett, '03 | Blues | Detroit, Michigan

Cats & The Fiddler, '08 | Bluegrass | Milford, Michigan

Calvin Cooke, '04 | Sacred Steel Guitar/Gospel | McDonough, Georgia

Detour, '08 | Bluegrass | Brethren, Michigan

Nadim Dlaikan, '02, '06 | Arab-American Nay | Southgate, Michigan

Feufollet, '03, '06 | Cajun | Lafayette, Louisiana

Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, '03 | Klezmer | South Euclid, Ohio

Gao Hong, '04 | Chinese Pipa | Northfield, Minnesota

George Kahumoku Jr., '03 | Hawai'ian Slack Key Guitar | Lahaina, Hawai'i

Elizabeth LaPrelle, '08 | Old-Time Ballads | Rural Retreat, Virginia

Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, '03 | New England Traditional Barn Dance | Canterbury, NH

Los Bandits de Michigan, '09 | Tex-Mex | Kalamazoo, Michigan

Pan Franek & Zosia's Polka Towners, '04 | Polka | Muskegon, Michigan

Réveillons!, '08 | Québécois | Montréal, Québec, Canada

Roots Vibration, '06, '07 | Reggae | Detroit, Michigan

Skålmusik, '03 | Scandinavian | Brainerd, Minnesota

Téada, '05 | Irish Celtic | Dublin, Ireland

-A community sing and musician jam were added to the mix last year, with a rousing response and plans to expand on them for '11.

- Coming soon: performance schedule. Check the GLFF web site for updates!

Above- The Cajun band, Feufollet

"Festival-goers appreciate the rich and authentic experience, and often note how the event promotes a greater understanding of diverse cultures, how it brings people together, and how it strengthens community in the way the programs resonate and endure," observes Marsha MacDowell, founding director and MSU Museum curator of folk arts.

"There have been so many wonderful musicians at this event, so choosing this year's slate was a tall order indeed," explains MacDowell, also a professor of art and art history at MSU. "We're excited about the excellent range of musicians and genres and we know audiences will enjoy seeing these festival favorites back here again."

The MSU Museum sought recommendations from its advisory committee and encouraged suggestions from the community. At the same time, other realities entered the picture: conflicting touring schedules, some popular acts have dissolved and/or reformed in different combos, and the passing of some musicians.

Finances are another reality. GLFF has weathered significant cutbacks in public funding, but fortunately the City of East Lansing, the local business community, campus units, festival-goers, and notably, the National Endowment for the Arts, have combined to create a base of support that has sustained the core of the festival program.

At the same time, the milestone 10th GLFF provides a perfect time for festival-goers to help in a very meaningful and visible way. Festival organizers are hoping additional donations can expand the roster of performers.

"We know this is a treasured event for so many, and we have been both resilient and creative while maintaining the high quality of our programming with fewer dollars," notes MacDowell. "This event belongs to all of us and donations at this critical time will make a tremendous difference in the depth of program we can present."

The Great Lakes Folk Festival celebrates the cultural traditions of communities across America and the world. The Michigan State University Museum works year-round to develop this festival program that reflects the immense variety and vitality of art, skill, knowledge, and wisdom of our cultural heritage for the public. GLFF offers a one-of-a-kind mix of music and dance stages, demonstrations of traditional arts and storytelling, authentic ethnic food, an arts marketplace, craft artists, and many special activities for kids and their companions.

Beyond the music:
Grassroots Green - tradition-bearers who carry on traditions that help restore, conserve and revitalize the planet - featuring a marketplace with recycled and upcyled goods, as well as presentations and informational sessions on topics like green occupations, organic gardening, local foodways, recycled arts and folk wisdom for taking care of the planet.

Children's activities include making crafts from recycled materials, planting vegetables, creating garden ornaments, building forts, hang out laundry and composting with worms!

Michigan Heritage Award honorees, recognizing the state's top tradition-bearers in music, material culture, community leadership: Deborah Caryl, Davison (Genessee County), sheep shearing; Calvin E. Cooke, Detroit (Wayne County) and Georgia, sacred steel guitar; and Gaylord Klancnik, (deceased), formerly of Carleton (Monroe County), polka music and polka band leader.

Taste of Traditions Foodways: with authentic regional and ethnic food - Middle Eastern, Mexican, Greek, Indian and more.

The festival site -- across the street from the MSU campus -- spans the downtown core of the city, tapping laid-back park settings and pulsing city crossroads for three days of festival fun.

Festival fast facts:
Admission is by donation (suggested $10 per day) and contributions leading up to the event and on-site -- sustain GLFF.

Festival hours are: Friday, Aug. 12, 6 - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 13, noon - 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 14, noon - 6 p.m.  For more information, call the MSU Museum at (517) 432-GLFF (4533). You can findus on Facebook (Great Lakes Folk Festival) and twitter (

More than 400 agile volunteers assist the MSU Museum in staging the event - from artist transportation, children's activities, information booth, site set-up and teardown, ice delivery and visitor surveys.

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is presented by the Michigan State University Museum, Michigan's first Smithsonian affiliate. The MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program researches, documents, preserves, and presents our shared heritage and cultural expressions. Primary financial support for GLFF comes from the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University Office of the Provost, University Outreach and Engagement, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many MSU departments. In addition, nearly 100 corporations, foundations and organizations also support GLFF annually, as well as individual donors, "Great Friends."

This award-winning event is one of the region's premiere arts programs and is expected to draw more than 90,000 visitors throughout the weekend to celebrate culture, tradition and community. GLFF was named the state's top public humanities program by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Check out a photo exhibit, "Festive Lens: Photos from the 2010 Great Lakes Folk Festival," April 3 - June 30, in the MSU Museum's Community Gallery.

Arts and culture at Michigan State University:
Arts and culture at MSU play a critical role in nurturing the human spirit while contributing to a richer quality of life. Museums, galleries, and gardens along with libraries, historic sites, and performance spaces provide a catalyst for cultural exchange of diverse ideas and inspirations. At the same time, audiences on campus and around the world take advantage of academic and research outreach programs such as public broadcasting, online resources, and publications. Learn more at Arts and Culture- MSU.

Posted March 24, 2011
Updated June 6, 2011


NEA to invest more than $26 million
to support arts projects nationwide

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the latest round of NEA funding totaling $26.68 million awarded through 1,057 grants to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide. This also includes the NEA's most recent class of Creative Writing Fellows.

Chairman Landesman said, "I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative, and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country. Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable, and fun."

This round of funding is provided through three grant programs: Access to Artistic Excellence, Challenge America Fast Track, and Creative Writing Fellowships.

The Michigan State University Museum received a $40,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant for its Great Lakes Folk Festival. Access to Artistic Excellence grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of artist communities, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts.

NEA grants are highly competitive and the MSU Museum has been successful in garnering funding since the Great Lakes Folk Festival's inception in 2002. In recent years, the MSU Museum has regularly showcased NEA's National Heritage Fellows (musicians and other artists) as well as recipients of the Michigan Heritage Awards and other tradition-bearers.
People on the dance floor at the Great Lakes Folk Festival

"This grant reflects on the high quality in programming and production we've been able to build and sustain at our event," notes Marsha MacDowell, GLFF artistic and founding director and MSU Museum curator of folk arts. "We're especially proud that we have been able to maintain a high level of quality in this event, and that its excellence has been consistently recognized by both the NEA and visitors alike."

Both entertaining and educational, the award-winning Great Lakes Folk Festival promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for the contributions of many cultures to our nation's development and our cultural heritage. The MSU Museum works year-round to research, document and present the many forms of expressive culture showcased at the folk festival. Music from across America and around the world, authentic regional and ethnic food, hands-on children's activities, Michigan Heritage Awards, and a hand-made craft marketplace are featured throughout the downtown East Lansing festival site. The 2011 event is set for Aug. 12-14.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. Learn more at:

Posted February 10, 2011

Male Flamenco dancer at Great Lakes Folk Festival

The Public Art Gallery at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center presents the stirring sights from the popular folk festival in, "The Festive Lens: Photos from The 2010 Great Lakes Folk Festival Exhibition." The exhibit, developed by the Michigan State University Museum, will run from Jan. 2, 2011 through Feb. 1, 2011-- with an opening public reception on Sunday, Jan. 2 from 1 - 2 p.m. 

The Great Lakes Folk Festival, produced by the MSU Museum, showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. (The 2010 festival was held on Aug. 13-15 in downtown East Lansing.)

"The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities in Michigan, the United States, and around the world," explains GLFF Founding Director C. Kurt Dewhurst, MSU Museum curator of folklife and cultural heritage and director of Arts and Cultural Initiatives, University Outreach & Engagement.

The Great Lakes Folk Festival included nearly 100 musicians and dancers. Also featured were traditional and other food vendors, craft vendors and many other individual artists/demonstrators, along with a children's hands-on activity area, crafts demonstrations, a new "Grassroots Green" program that featured Folk Arts Marketplace goods and narrative presentations and the MSU Bookfest program, produced by MSU Press.

Every year since 1987, the MSU Museum has produced a folk festival - first on campus and now in downtown East Lansing -- that energizes and educates 90,000 annual visitors. Under the direction of the MSU Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program -- a statewide partnership program with the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs -- the festival also represents partnerships of civic, business, education and arts agencies.

The selection of photos for this new exhibit comes from two MSU Museum photographers as well as two festival volunteer photographers and provides a glimpse into the sights and encounters of the 2010 Great Lakes Folk Festival.

"Each photographer was asked to select some of their favorite images to convey the living lessons of this annual major MSU Museum educational community engagement program," Dewhurst notes.

The four photographers are: David Cooper, director of MSU's Public Humanities Collaborative; Raymond Holt, owner of VideoGraph; Patrick T. Power, GLFF music coordinator; and Pearl Y. Wong, MSU Museum collections coordinator. These and other photographs become part of the Folklife Archives of the MSU Museum and the festival will truly live on in these festive images.

Posted January 26, 2011

-->MSU Museum's 2010 Great Lakes Folk Festival
music, dance, arts and culture from across America and around the world

Photos by: Patrick T. Power, Pearl Yee Wong, Erica Schumann and Lora Helou.

Stay tuned for a GLFF photo exhibition at the MSU Museum!

-->Best of the Fest!
We were delighted to see so many of the GLFF faithful out and about at this weekend's event! Over the coming weeks, we'll be thinking about next year's Great Lakes Folk Festival, which will be our 10th!

In honor of this milestone, MSU Museum festival producers are thinking of presenting an "all-alumni" slate of musicians and groups that really struck a chord when they performed here before.

Over these past nine years, we've been able to to present a staggeringly diverse and impressive group of traditional artists. Thanks to the City of East Lansing for supporting the GLFF music program.
Take a look at this list and let us know your favs! Send a note to or post a note on our facebook page:!/group.php?gid=109263789107277&v=info

(Note: Some of our musicians, sadly, have passed on; some of the groups have broken up and the performers are in new groups; some simply won't be available; and others, especially those who have advanced in their careers, will be way out of our price range. We'll do our best to feature the best of the fest!)

*signifies repeat performances

Alberta Adams, Blues*
Chulrua, Irish Celtic
De Temps Antan, Québécois
D.W. Groethe, Cowboy Poetry/Songs
Imamyar Hasanov and Peyman Hadadi, Azerbaijan and Iran
Kimo Hussey, Hawai'ian Ukulele
Klancnik & Friends Band, Slovenian Polka
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Bluegrass
Sana Ndiaye, Ekonting Master
Mariachi Perla de México, Mariachi
Rumen "Sali" Shopov, Romani/Bulgarian
Siempre Flamenco, Andalucian Flamenco
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Creole/Zydeco*

Alex Meixner Band, Polka
Berntson Family Band, Norwegian-American
Beyond the Pale, Klezmer*
Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, Blues
Gadelle, Acadian
Jesse McReynold and the Virginia Boys, Bluegrass
Les Ross, Sr. and the Finnish American All-Stars, Finnish American*
Los Bandits de Michigan, Tex-Mex
Lost Bayou Ramblers, Cajun
Shotgun Party, Western Swing
Slide, Irish Celtic
Tumbao Bravo, Cuban/Caribbean

Eddie Bond, Old-Time Banjo
Jeffery Broussard &The Creole Cowboys, Zydeco
Cats and the Fiddler, Bluegrass
Cephas & Wiggins, Piedmont Blues
Crooked Road Revue, Old-Time Revue
Detour, Bluegrass
Mamadou Diabate, Malian Kora*
George Gao, Chinese erhu
Wayne Henderson, Finger-style Guitar
Elizabeth LaPrelle, Old-Time Ballads
New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters, Old Time
Réveillons! Quebecois
Les Ross Sr. and the Finnish-American All-Stars, Finnish American*
John Hanna Sarweh, Middle Eastern Kanoun
The Singletons, Gospel
Sones de México, Mexican regional
Kirk Sutphin, Old-time Fiddle
Tuba Dan's Family Band, Czech polka
April Verch, Ottawa Valley Fiddle
Vishten, Acadian
Wylie & the Wild West, Cowboy/ Western Swing

Asani, Métis a cappella
Back of the Moon, Scottish Celtic
Balfa Toujours, Cajun
Henry Butler, New Orleans Blues
Carolina Chocolate Drops, African-American Old-Time String Band
Michele Choiniere, Franco-American Songs
David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Bluegrass
Dragon Art Studios, Chinese Rod Puppetry
Dominique DuPuis, Acadian Fiddle
Gipsy Stringz, Tamburitza
Grupo Fantasma, Latin Dance
Elana James, Texas Swing
Eric Noltkamper, Slovenian Polka
Keenan Otchingwanigan, Native Fiddling
Dirk Powell Band, Old-Time String Band
Roots Vibration, Reggae*
Joe Thompson, African-American Old-Time Fiddle
Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, Steel Drum
Wabanaisee (Snowbirds), Anishnabek singing and hand drumming

Beyond the Pale, Klezmer*
Eddie Bo, Blues
The Cottars, Celtic
Nadim Dlaikan Ensemble, Middle Eastern*
Feufollet, Cajun*
Wayne Hancock, Juke Joint Swing
Peter Hedlund, Swedish Nyckelharpa
Hellenic 5, Greek
Ron Likovic, Slovenian Polka
Lil' Nathan & the Zydeco Big-Timers, Zydeco
Los Texmaniacs, Tejano
Lovell Sisters, Bluegrass

Phava, African- American Gospel
Roots Vibration, Caribbean*
Samite, Ugandan
Aditya Verma, Indian Sarod
Cedric Watson, Creole*

Carey and Lurrie Bell, Chicago Blues
Diouf, Quebegalese percussion
Georgia Sea Island Singers, Gullah music, dance, and stories*
Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, Japanese taiko drumming
Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band, Slovenian-American style polka music
Mountain Heart, Bluegrass
Lee Murdock and Joe Grimm, Great Lakes Folk Songs from the Ivan Walton Collection
Gumbi Ortiz and the Latino Projekt, Latin/Afro-Cuban music
Quebe Sisters, Western swing, honky-tonk, and old-style Texas fiddle music
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Cajun
Roots Vibration, Reggae*
Bob Seeley & "Boogie" Bob Baldori, Boogie-woogie music
Bill Stevens, Athabascan fiddle music
Téada, Irish Celtic
Ana & José Vinagre, Portuguese fado singing

Aziz Herawi, Afghan Lute
Nadim Dlaikan, Arabic Music*
Bobby Hicks, Bluegrass
"Little Sonny" Willis, Blues
Eddie Burns, Blues
Johnny Perona, Bones and Spoons
Universal Xpression, Caribbean
Danú, Irish Celtic
Gao Hong, Chinese Pipa
Karen Clark Sheard, Gospel
The Desert Crew, Hip Hop-Arab American
The Mad Prophets, Hip Hop- Gospel
Shadowyze, Hip Hop- Native American
Don "Red Arrow" Stevens, Native American Story Telling
Karin Løberg Code, Norwegian Harding Fiddle
Springfield Exit, Old-Time Country
Lois Bettesworth, Old-Time Fiddle
Stas Wisniack, Polish Accordion
Pan Franek & Zosia's Polka Towners, Polka
Le Vent du Nord, Québécois
Calvin Cooke, Sacred Steel Guitar
Laura Canales and Cali Carranza y Los Formales, Tejano
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Zydeco

Alberta Adams, Blues *
Barra MacNeils, Cape Breton Celtic
Johnnie Bassett, Blues
Stella Chiweshe, Mbira: Shona ceremonial music
Feufollet, Cajun*
Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, Klezmer: Eastern European Jewish folk music
Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz, Old-time Country/Appalachian
George Kahumoku, Jr., Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Gaylor Klancnik Orchestra, Slovenian or Cleveland-Style Polka
Dudley & Jacqueline Laufman, New England Traditional Barn Dance
Cathie Ryan, Irish Traditional Vocal
Skalmusik, Scandinavian
Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass
Tramburitza Rroma Group, Tamburitza: Croatian "Gypsy style" music
Nick Villareal, Conjunto
Joe Weaver, Blues
"Uncle" Jessie White, Blues

Howard Armstrong Trio, African-American old-time string band
Campbell Brothers, African-American sacred steel guitar
Liz Carroll, Irish Fiddler
Karan Casey, Irish Traditional Vocalist
Mamadou Diabate, West African Kora Music*
Nadim Dlaikan, Arab-American*
David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Mississippi Delta-style blues
Georgia Sea Island Singers, Gullah music, dance, and stories*
Lawrence "Teddy Boy" Houle, Ojibwe Fiddler
Matapat, Quebecois
Steve Meisner, Cleveland-style polka
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Cha, Zydeco
One Family, Junkanno
Orquesta La Inspiracion, Salsa and Jazz
The Stevens Sisters, Bluegrass
Tlen-Huicani, Arpa jarocha


Festival Alliance Video features GLFF and others

Check out this new video that profiles the Great Lakes Folk Festival, along with other area festivals!