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Michigan State University Museum Produces Great Lakes Folk Festival, August 11 - 13, 2017   This unique fusion of art fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage ...

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History of the Festival

The Michigan State University Museum has a long history of producing outdoor festivals of traditional culture. In 1983, the MSU Museum produced its first series of outdoor showcases of Michigan's folk traditions at the annual 4-H Exploration Days in...

August 12 - 14, 2016

Musical Performers Alash Ensemble | Tuvan Throat Singing | Kyzyl, Tuva Arlene McDaniel |Swing Jazz | Bath, Michigan Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen |Polka | Mt. Vernon, Iowa Calan | Welsh Celtic | Swansea, Wales Grace Chang |Chinese...
August 7 - 9, 2015

August 7 - 9, 2015

Musical Performers Bob Bernard | Waltz Fiddle| Lake City, Michigan Dennis Stroughmatt et L'sprit Creole | French Creole | Albion, Illinois Desafio Norteno | Northern Style Tejano | Grant, Michigan The Downhill Strugglers  | Old Time| Brooklyn, Ne...

August 8 - 10, 2014

Musical Performers Bob Bernard | Waltz Fiddle| Lake City, Michigan Seth Bernard and May Erlewine | Old-time Strings | Williamsburg, Michigan Paulette Brockington   |Swing Dance and Lindy Hop| Highland Park, Michigan Paul Dahlin | Swedish Fiddle| Mi...

August 9 - 11, 2013

Musical Performers Paulette Brockington | Swing Dance and Lindy Hop | Highland Park, Michigan Clear Fork Bluegrass Quartet  | Bluegrass | Chardon, Ohio Dendelion  | Québécois | Sainte-Béatrix, Quebec, Canada Les Poules a Colin  | Québécois | Sainte-Béatrix, Québec, Canada ...

August 10 - 12, 2012

Musical Performers Denny Anderson and the International Main Street Polka Band  | Polka | Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Bua  | Celtic | Chicago, Illinois Mehdi Darvishi  and Saeed Kamjoo  | Iranian Daf and Kamanche | East Lansing, Michigan and Mont...

August 12 -14, 2011

Musical Performers Johnnie Bassett    | Blues | Detroit, Michigan Cats & The Fiddler   | Bluegrass | Milford, Michigan Calvin Cooke   | Sacred Steel Guitar/Gospel | McDonough, Georgia Detour   | Bluegrass | Brethren, Michigan Nadim  Dlaikan  | A...

Performer Bios, 2011

Biographical Information 2011 Great Lakes Folk Festival Johnny Bassett Cats and The Fiddler Calvin Cooke Detour Nadim Dlaikan Feufollet Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble Gao Hong George Kahumoku Jr. Elizabeth LaPrelle Dudley &...

August 13 -15, 2010

Musical Performers Alberta Adams  |  Blues | Detroit, Michigan Chulrua  |  Irish Celtic | US and Canada De Temps Antan  |  Québécois | Montreal, Quebec, Canada D.W. Groethe  |  Cowboy Poetry/Songs | Bainville, Montana Imamyar Hasanov and Peyman Ha...

August 7 - 9, 2009

Musical Performers 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. an...

August 8 - 10, 2008

Musical Performers Eddie Bond  |  Old-Time Banjo | Fries, Virginia Jeffery Broussard &The Creole Cowboys  |  Zydeco | Lawtell, Louisiana Cats and the Fiddler  |  Bluegrass | Milford, Michigan Cephas & Wiggins  |  Piedmont Blues | Washing...

August 10 - 12, 2007

Musical Performers Asani  |  Métis a cappella |Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Back of the Moon  |  Scottish Celtic | Glasgow, Scotland Balfa Toujours  |  Cajun | Southwest Louisiana Henry Butler  |  New Orleans Blues |Denver, Colorado Carolina Chocolate...

August 11 - 13, 2006

Musical Performers Beyond the Pale  |  Klezmer | Toronto, Ontario, Canada Eddie Bo with Johnny Basset and RJ's All Stars  |  Blues | New Orleans, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan The Cottars  |  Celtic | Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada Nadim Dlaik...

August 12 - 14, 2005

Musical Performers Carey and Lurrie Bell  |  Chicago Blues | Charlotte, North Carolina Diouf  |  Quebegalese percussion | Montreal, Quebec, Canada Georgia Sea Island Singers  |  Gullah music, dance, and stories | St. Simons Island, Georgia Kiyoshi Nagat...

August 13 - 15, 2004

Musical Performers Aziz Herawi  | Afghan Lute | Sacramento, California Nadim Dlaikan  |  Arabic Music | Southgate, Michigan Bobby Hicks  |  Bluegrass | Antioch, Tennessee "Little Sonny" Willis  |  Blues | Detroit, Michigan Eddie Burns  |  Blues ...

August 8 - 10, 2003

Musical Performers 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...

August 9 - 11, 2002

Musical Performers Howard Armstrong Trio | African-American old-time and blues Fiddle | Detroit, Michigan Campbell Brothers | African-American Sacred Steel Guitar | Rush, New York Liz Carroll | Irish Fiddle | Chicago, Illinois Karan Casey | Irish...

National Folk Festival, August 10 - 12, 2001

Musical Performers Tony Ballog and his Gypsy Orchestra  | Michigan Hungarian Roma Larry Bannock and the Golden Star Hunters | New Orleans Mardi Gras Barachois   | Acadian French Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones   | "Chicago-style" Polish Polka Cherish th...

National Folk Festival, August 11 - 13, 2000

Musical Performers Bahamas Junkanoo Revue |Parade Group Boukman Eksperyans | Haitian misik rasin BR5-49 |Honky-tonk and classic country Broto Roy Trio | Ragas from North and South India Solas |Irish Celtic Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet ...

National Folk Festival, August 13 - 15, 1999

Cephas and Wiggins | Piedmont blues Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin’ | Zydeco Marcia Ball | Boogie Woogie Piano Richard Hagopian with Hachig Kazarian | Arab American ‘Ud Eileen Ivers  | Irish Celtic Bill Kirchen  | “Dieselbilly” Mariachi Los Camper...

Festival Staff

The Great Lakes Folk Festival is produced by the Michigan Traditional Arts Program/Michigan State University Museum Marsha MacDowell , Festival Founding Director and Artistic Director C. Kurt Dewhurst , Festival Founding Director and Co-Curator, C...