Skip Jones - Wisconsin's Papa Folkie, shining spirit, and all around wonderful guy.
Susan Urban - Based in Chicago, Susan's heart truly resides in the U. P. As members of Strong Voices (with Susan, Kathy Folkerts, Karen Mooney, and Ingrid Frances Stark), we got to know and love Susan's energy and songwriting, and you will, too!
Tricia Alexander - With a voice as big as her heart, Tricia fuses all parts of life into one harmonic whole. Fine musician, fine human being.
Kellie Lin Knott - Jazzy verging on pop, good lyrics, and a good musical sensibility. Voice, instrumental expertise - all good!
Tom and Chris Kastle - Maritime musicians and sailors from the Chicago area who bring the Great Lakes and the open sea to life here and around the world!
Cooper, Nelson, and Early - Murder ballads and bad jokes --what more could you want? Phil Cooper's brilliant fingerstyle guitar? Margaret Nelson's clear voice and bodhran? Kate Early's rich voice and quick percussion? Enjoy the best in traditional music!
Four Shillings Short - Ever heard Celtic sitar? Christy Martin's sitar, mandolin, banjo, hammered dulcimer, and guitar combined with Aodg Og O'Tuama's hand drums, krum horn, and whistles would make for a great concert even without the brilliant and/or hilarious lyrics in harmony.
David HB Drake - Great Lakes maritime music combined with a rich view of Upper Midwest history - songwriter and performer extraordinaire.
Dan Hazlett - More than capo tricks and red shoes - fine songwriting that touches human issues, great instrumentalist and performer!
KinsFolk - FARM friends based out of Grand Rapids, MI, this family band offers musicianship, showmanship and great energy.
White Water - A family band from Amasa, MI, this group inspired Caitlin to demand to sing with her mother. We're truly grateful!
Da Roosta - A wonderful Traditional group from the Detroit area. We got to see their awesome music at the Grand Marais Music and Art Festival.
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Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn - Curtis, MI. Fabulous food, great surroundings and comfy beds. What more could you want? Oh, a hot tub? They've got that, too.
8th Street Coffee House - Escanaba, MI. With a listening room in back so the performance isn't competing with the espresso machine. Voted 4 Shilling's Short's best coffee house of 2001.
Folk Alliance Region Midwest - A wonderful gathering of minds and music in either southern Michigan or southern Wisconsin.
Daily Grind Coffee House - Pullman, WA. Relaxed atmosphere topped with coffee and chocolate makes for a fun place to play and hang out.
Fiddler's Dream Coffee House - Phoenix, AZ. Truly a listening coffee house with an intimate and welcoming feel.
West Valley Art Museum - Surprise, AZ. An oasis of art in the middle of the desert. Air conditioning, too!
Bay De Noc UU Fellowship - Escanaba, MI. A community of minds sharing ideas of spirit and philosophy.
Grand Marais Music and Art Festival - Grand Marais, MI. All kinds of music surrounded by fun crafts and bright additudes.
North Shore Lodge - Grand Marais, MI. A beautiful lodge on coast guard point, a gorgeous jut of land out into Lake Superior. Great food, too!
Peter White Public Library - Marquette, MI. Not just a library anymore! Check out the basement for a great artists community.
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The Golden Ring Music Store - Manitowoc, WI. A truly folk music store. The closest place to the UP to buy acoustic Shub Capos. Oh, and they have really cool guitar stands, too!
CDR Guy - Madison, WI. Mark Berchett is a fantastic person to work with and will do his bet to meet whatever deadlines you might have.
E-mail Dave Kruger at Big Rock Studios about recording in Rosholt, WI. His space is inviting and relaxing, and the scenery is gorgeous. You can't go wrong.
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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a magical place, geologically and biologically fascinating, with a culture that runs from copper miners from 5000 years ago to ice sculptures, casinos, art galleries and rock-skipping contests. Wherever you go in the Upper Peninsula, from parks to forests, from campfires to sophisticated restaurants, take the time to see beauty around you. Enjoy a friendly smile. Walk along blocks of stores owned by folks who want to help you out. Marvel at the sheer number of stars overhead. Swim in fresh water. Picnic on sandy beaches or rocky points. It's a good place to bring family, or to come for some solitude. Leave a piece of yourself. Take home memories. Come again.
These are a few of the varied links that have caught my (admittedly fickle) eye.
Wikipedia - If you know nothing about the U.P., start here.
U P Blue - Wow! This guy (John December) has catalogued just about everything and has links for mucho info right here.
The Upper Peninsula Traveler - Recreation opportunities for those of you who have to go back home (or not. Whatever!).
History of the Upper Peninsula - This is a new one for me. It appears to be a brief history compiled by Northern Michigan University.
Tree I.D. - U. P. Michigan - Trust the MSU Extension Service to put up a fine page of indigenous tree identification stuff. Take the Quiz. Have fun!
This piece is part of a tryptic by Kathryn that got accepted to the Photo(GEO)graphy exhibit at the Bonifas Arts Center.
'SKI is still planning our summer 2010. If you know a library where 'SKI should play for the Summer Reading Program, e-mail us and let us know!
Keep your eye open for a remastered version of 'Ski - Live at the Jo. Same great music, different sound!
'Ski is currently recording our new CD "Resisting Rhyme"