Flint Folk Music Society

One of the lesser known entertainment venues in

Michigan takes place every other Saturday at the Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery. That's where the Flint Folk Music Society hosts concerts featuring well-known folk musicians from around the country. Local musicians such as Mustard's Retreat, Kitty Donahoe and Hannah Fralick as well as nationally known musicians such as Chuck Brodsky, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion entertain folk music lovers with their music, wit, and warm personalities. They're happy to autograph CDs that are available for sale at the concerts, and appreciate comments on their music from the audience.

Reasonable admission prices of $12 give you an entertaining evening full of fun. You can look at the recent art displays before and between music sets in the gallery and visit with other music lovers. Members of the Flint Folk Music Society pay $10 for concert admission. Children and students with current valid student ID get in free.

Because they're supported by the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs through the Greater Flint Arts Council, and Mott Community College, the Flint Folk Music Society can promote folk music as well as roots and Americana music. You can see, hear, and meet some of the world's best artists.

Every year the Flint Folk Music Society holds a free Flint Folk Music Festival in Kearsley Park from noon to 9:30 p.m. The 2008 festival featured Jan Krist, David Barrett, Mustard's Retreat, Kitty Donahoe, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Matt Watroba, and the Yellow Room Gang. The 10th Annual Flint Folk Music Festival will he held Saturday, July 18, 2009. Peter Mayer, Lynn Miles, and Jen Sygit are already scheduled, and many more performers will be added.

Some Flint Folk Music Society members perform publicly in clubs, coffeehouses, and school assemblies. Others are prolific songwriters and many play instruments including the guitar, flute, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, and violin. This diverse talent can be seen at free song circles held periodically through the year.

Information about joining the Flint Folk Music Society, concert information, and festival information is available at www.flintfolkmusic.org. Consider attending one or all of the upcoming concerts. You won't regret it.

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