September 3, 2016



Summer is nearly over….a blur this year, for sure.  Labor Day weekend is here, and the “tail light parade” will begin Monday, with tourists heading back south to get their kids in school and resume their normal lives (whatever that is).  Still some great stuff coming up….the September Songfest at Crooked Tree in Petoskey next week, followed by Wheatland Music Festival (really excited to be playing Wheatland again!), and then our annual workshop on Mackinac Island in October.

We’ve also got a house concert (proceeds benefitting the MISW/BWCA) we’ll be sponsoring in West Bloomfield this November, with some amazing Detroit singer/songwriters.  More info on that as we firm up performers, but basically, it’ll be 6 songwriters (3 at a time) doing 2 sets in the round.  Again, more on that when details are finalized.

Thanks for your patronage, all of you.  It’s been a great summer, and I hope the coming fall and winter months are good ones for us all.  I hear it’s going to be a snowy winter here this year….I’m already sharpening the edges on my skis…;)

Have a great Labor Day weekend, and safe travels to all!!




–September Songfest/Crooked Tree Arts Center (Petoskey) (, September 9.  A benefit for the MISW/Big Water Creative Arts, Inc., featuring myself, Charlie Walmsley & Joe Shields in the round, along with Michelle Chenard & Martina Hahn doing their fantastic “Music Meets Canvas” live interactive performance art presentation.  AND, the Petoskey Montessori School kids will be back this year, singing several songs of their own creation!  Tickets on sale at Crooked Tree in advance, or at the door.

–Wheatland Music Festival (,  September 11.  On stage at the Song Tent with Michelle Chenard.  Time slot (tentatively) 12:50-1:30 pm.  It’s a fantastic festival, all weekend long.  If you’ve never been, you really need to experience it.  There’ll also be a couple of our MISW alumni performing at Wheatland as well.  Check it out!

–Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop: (, October 13-16.  Our 3rd year, and we’ve already been getting registrations for the past couple months.  A wonderful bunch of workshops and instructors dedicated to helping you become a better and more effective songwriter.  Space is limited (we try to keep it small and intimate), so don’t wait until September to sign up!  Details on the website.

–Forest House Concert Series:  November 19.  An intimate house concert (in West Bloomfield) with 6 of metro Detroit/Michigan’s best songwriters in the round.  Proceeds go to help fund Big Water Creative Arts, Inc., and the Mackinac Island Songwriter’s Workshop.  Details on performers, etc., coming soon.