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The Great Lakes Folk Festival strives to not only present great music but to inform audiences about the history and social context of the music. Each year, a few on-stage sessions are devoted to musicians who share stories about their art as well as compare different styles and traditions of playing one type of instrument (i.e. fiddle, banjo, accordion).
Sessions are also devoted to tradition bearers from Michigan who share with audience members how they learned their skills and how they pass them on in their communities today.
Traditions Showcases are always a popular part of GLFF, combining musical mastery, storytelling and a spontaneity that can never be recreated anywhere else again!