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This is the 23rd season for the Corsair Concert Series in Tawas City, Michigan - presenting nationally-renown Bluegrass and Americana music in an old-time, up close atmosphere.
Presented by the Corsair Trail Council, proceeds from the concert series are used to maintain and operate the Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trails in the Huron National Forest.
Events are held at the Tawas United Methodist Church Family Center, on highway M-55, in Tawas City. Showtime is 7:30 pm. For further information please contact Gary Nelkie (989) 362-2001

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May 2, 2015
Corsair Concert Series presents

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship.  Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two GRAMMY nominations and two International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2010 and 1997.   Recently, at the 2014 IBMA Awards Show, she received two more prized awards: "Song of the Year" for Dear Sister, a co-write with Louisa Branscomb and title cut of her latest Compass Records release; and "Recorded Event of the Year" for a guest vocal appearance with Special Consensus on Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver  (Wild Montana Skies).
 Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Claire's harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others. In 2014, Digital listed Claire Lynch as “One of the 10 Best Angelic Voices of Our Time”. She shared that honor with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
The Claire Lynch Band is a powerful quartet that has the innate ability to perfectly interpret the beauty, subtlety, and genre-defying sophistication of Claire’s music. The band features like-minded musicians blending tradition and innovation: two-time IBMA-winning bassist-clawhammer banjo player-dancer-percussionist Mark Schatz, mandolinist-guitarist-vocalist Jarrod Walker and young string wizard Bryan McDowell, who at 18, won an unprecedented triple win at the Winfield, Kansas National Flatpicking Championship.
Admission : $15

Enjoy this video preview of The Claire Lynch Band:

March 28, 2015
Corsair Concert Series presents

Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his sizzling band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. A nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Player of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun.
Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest appearances over the years is a who's who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley.
After high school Mike toured with Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Performer of the Year award and again in 2004. Since 2006 Mike has swept the Fiddle Performer of the Year award, and now has nine. His blistering prowess and technical fluency on his custom five string fiddle have marked him as a sought-after guest artist, leading to performances and recordings with Vince Gill and Marty Stuart.
Mike's first solo project as a Rounder recording artist, “Flame Keeper,” was released in February 2002 and was chosen the IBMA’s Instrumental Album of the Year. In 2004, Mike shared the Instrumental Album of the Year award with Tom Adams for “Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland Live at the Ragged Edge,” an album of fiddle and banjo duets. That was followed in 2006 by a second solo project, the award-winning “Let ‘Er Go, Boys!,” and in 2008 by the first Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper CD, “Leavin’ Town.” The band’s second CD, “Fired Up,” was released in March 2011 and achieved the number one slot on Sirius XM's (Bluegrass Junction) Most Played Albums chart.
Now, with the release of "On Down the Line" , their third album and first on new label home Compass Records, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are poised to add fuel to the fire and legacy they’ve sparked in the bluegrass world.
Admission : $15

January 31, 2015
Corsair Concert Series presents

Right out of the chute, Detour lets you know that they play no-nonsense contemporary original bluegrass, with gusto, elegance, great harmonies and the sweet singing of Missy Armstrong. There has been an almost magical buzz surrounding this band for the past 2 years. Detour really shook up the bluegrass world in 2012 with the release of "A Better Place", the Michigan band’s third album. It was remarkable for the introduction of a fabulous new voice and sound in the person of previously unknown Missy Armstrong, the group’s then new lead vocalist.
With a clarity and freshness that seemed to have come out from under a rock, Missy and the Detour boys found several songs from "A Better Place" sticking around on the national bluegrass radio charts. They signed with Jim Roe's Tennessee entertainment agency to represent them, and they soon began touring nationally.
The band had already set itself apart for the quality of their songwriting, primarily from founder and mandolinist Jeff Rose, and the instrumental prowess of Scott Zylstra on guitar and Peter Knupfer on fiddle. But it was Missy’s entrance that really sewed it all up and turned them into national radio favorites.
Not willing to rest on their laurels, Detour beefed up their rhythm section with the acquisition of Nashville veterans Lloyd Douglas on banjo and Jeremy Darrow on bass. And then they recorded another album. The release of "Going Nowhere Fast" made it clear that this group was going nowhere but up. The new album immediately received rave reviews and the lead single, "Too Blue To Have The Blues", climbed to the top of the charts. The hot single spent weeks as a chart-topper and was the #1 most played song on the Bluegrass Today Airplay Chart in 2014.
If you don't think of Michigan as a hotbed of bluegrass music, Detour is the band that will change your mind. As musicians, singers, and songwriters, the members of Detour hold their own on any bluegrass stage in the world. Highly admired amongst their peers, the band received an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award Nomination as 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year.
Admission : $15

What is “Americana Music”?

American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music that includes Native American music, bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, Appalachian folk, blues, zydeco and cajun. The music is considered "American" because it is either native to the United States or the music varied enough from its origins that it struck musicologists as something distinctly new. For example, traditional bluegrass instrumentation consists of the banjo which originated on the African continent, guitars from Europe, fiddling styles which have their roots in traditional Irish and other Gaelic fiddling techniques, and yodeling from the alpine regions of Europe. It is also considered "roots music" because it served as the basis of music later developed in the United States, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and jazz.

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