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  • Traditional Folksongs of the Great Lakes - Free Concert

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    Name: Traditional Folksongs of the Great Lakes - Free Concert
    Date: May 10, 2019
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    Legendary folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller performs a free sing-along concert of Traditional Folksongs of the Great Lakes at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Avenue in Big Rapids, Michigan. For more information, please call (231) 796-1055. This program features ballads and folksongs from the Great Lakes of North America about shanty boys, freshwater sailors, iron ore miners, lighthouse keepers, log drivers, and lake freighters. An artist whose kind has dwindled to an endangered species, Adam Miller is a renowned old-school American troubadour and a natural-born storyteller. One of the premier autoharpists in the world, he is an accomplished folklorist, song-collector, and raconteur, who has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. With his resonant baritone voice and easy audience rapport, Miller is a masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along. Skillfully interweaving folksongs and the stories behind them with the elegance of a documentary filmmaker, Adam Miller is recognized as one of the great interpreters of American folksongs and as a storyteller par excellence. And he is that rare performer who appeals to audiences of all ages. Traveling 70,000 miles a year, Miller performs over 200 concerts annually in 48 states, from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle. More than 1.5 million students have attended his Singing Through History! assembly programs. He has performed live in over 2,000 American public libraries. The Ketchikan, Alaska Sitnews called his show, "Impressively educational but also alluringly entertaining - delighting both young and old alike. His energizing performance brought history alive, as he skillfully grabbed the audience's attention and transported them with song and laughter through 400 years of history." A reviewer in Melbourne Beach, Florida, said that Adam Miller’s presentation is “even more accessible than most good folk music. His stories are not the boring ‘once-upon-a-time’ kind, but rather keep you in a constant state of suspense, and his gentle, building guitar chords heighten it. It's all about how folk music lives on through oral tradition and has a kind of ‘betcha didn't know you've done it too!’ kind of theme. It will charm even the most die-hard of iPod loving kids or reluctant significant-others.” The Tennessean, said that it was “Exceptionally inspiring to witness this true master of eclectic art forms and keeper of the flame of endangered American traditions.”
    Location:
    Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307
    Date/Time Information:
    Friday, May 10th at 7 PM
    Contact Information:
    (231) 796-5234
    Fees/Admission:
    Free and open to the public!
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