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Spirit of the Woods Winter Concerts:

41st. Annual Spirit of the Woods Festival

June 16, 2018 | Noon to 10pm

All events (except the festival) are held at Brown Town Hall, 8233 Coates Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660.

January 20, 7:30 Robbie Burns Dinner and Poetry and Songs
The great 18th-century Scots poet and humanitarian Robert Burns collected traditional folk songs, wrote the world-renowned Auld Lang Syne, coined the phrases "man's inhumanity to man" and "best-laid plans of mice and men," and was nearly charged with treason for opposing the British colonial war that we call the American Revolution. He spoke for justice, mocked religious hypocrisy, and wrote dozens of love-songs. Burns influenced Americans from Abraham Lincoln to Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.

Please bring a friend, food or drink (Scottish, if you like) and a poem or song (by Burns, or anyone). Traditional Burns Suppers are held worldwide to celebrate Burns' works and ideas. His birth date is January 25, 1759. This is our second Burns Supper.

For more info on the traditions: www.robertburns.org/suppers. Burns honored other poets' works and we do too. Poems, stories and songs by other writers are welcome. Please note the earlier start time for this event.

February 3, 8pm Luke Winslow King
Luke Winslow-King is a New Orleans-based guitarist, singer, composer, producer, and songwriter. His work is an eclectic mix that combines Mississippi delta blues, folk music, traditional jazz, and roots rock & roll. His alchemical songs blend contemporary ideas with styles from bygone eras producing a sound that is rustic and urbane, elegant and entirely his own. It is a sound that looks to the past to move to the future. This along with his burgundy voice, dapper attire and versatile guitar playing have earned him a reputation as a musician who delivers soulfully energetic and dynamic performances. After his long journey away, Luke returned to his roots in Cadillac. We are glad to be able to entice this neighboring musician to our favorite concert venue. www.lukewinslowking.com

March 10, 8pm International Womens Day Tribute to Women Songwriters
We will present a concert featuring mainly female musicians interpreting the songs of women songwriters. This concert follows a similar format to the well-received concerts in the last two winters when some of the finest regional musicians came together to perform songs of Bob Dylan. With a gold mine of material from women writers and so many brilliant musicians to bring the music to life, we promise this concert will be a performance to be remembered. Stay tuned for more information about the lineup.

April 7, 8pm Roger Brown and Joe Wilson
From the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina to Europe and back again, Roger has been singing, playing and writing music virtually his entire life. He was a founding member of the band Stealers Wheel. He wrote the music and lyrics to Ringo Starr's children's release "Scouse the Mouse" and worked with Ringo as Musical Director when the album was recorded. Roger is a respected studio musician, vocalist and side man and has recorded and/or toured with Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connolly, Freddy Fender, Ringo Starr, Link Wray and Joann Kelly among others. www.rogerbrownmusic.com

Guitarist, steel guitarist, trombonist and singer Joe Wilson is best known for playing with longtime Michigan favorites, Steppin' In It.  With Steppin' In It, Joe has played many of the nation's top concerts and festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wheatland, Blissfest, Old Settlers Festival, the Woody Guthrie festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and Live at Mountain Stage. Joe has been performing with Steppin' In It for over 15 years.  Joe has been fortunate enough to share stages with Wayne Hancock, Bill Kirchen, Greg Brown, Tim O'brien and many others. www.dobrojoe.com

Roger, with Drive South, and Joe with Steppin' In It, True Falsettos, and Sister Wilene have both appeared on stage for Spirit of the Woods. We are happy to welcome them back!

June 16, Noon to 10pm, Dickson Township Park, 14279 Coates Highway, in the village of Brethren Our 41st festival will return to the shady park with some of your favorite musicians and hopefully introduce some new folk singers to our loyal audience.

Stay tuned. For more information, check our Facebook page or email us at spiritofthewoodsmusic@gmail.com or call 231.723.2230.

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