American Traditions

An Evening of Acoustic Music
with Neil Woodward, Suzanne Jaroszynski and Jim Hale
7 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2017
Alcona High School Auditorium
Barlow Road, Lincoln

​Suzanne Jaroszynski has twice been a first place winner at the prestigious Mount Airy, N.C., Fiddlers Convention in the Folk Songs category. Originally from Michigan,  Suzanne is an accomplished percussionist, creating complex rhythms with implements such as spoons and bones. Her strong rhythm guitar playing provides a solid foundation for Jim’s banjo solos. On slower ballads and airs she often plays the flute.
 
Jim Hale has been at the forefront of the clawhammer style banjo playing revival. His innovative technique has been referred to as “eloquent,” “tastefully professional” and “powerful." From his early bluegrass band experiences, to leadership of award-winning string bands, tohis career as a luthier, to terms as an author for music publications, he has been deeply involved in Americana Roots Music. In addition to Suzanne and Jim recordings, his playing has been featured on the TV miniseries "The Wild West."

For more about Suzanne and Jim, visit www.suzanneandjim.com.
Neil Woodward has shared folk music’s warmth and wisdom with Great Lakes audiences for more than 30 years.  In such historic surroundings as Crossroads Village, Grand Traverse Lighthouse and Greenfield Village, and in schools and libraries lake-to-lake, his vast repertoire and enthusiasm bring to life the Michigan experience for people from around the world.

In 2003 the Legislature of the State of Michigan officially named Neil Woodward Michigan’s Troubadour in recognition of his lifelong commitment to preservation of Great Lakes folk music and culture.  His songs, recordings and concerts have earned him nine Detroit Music Awards.  Neil is a course guest lecturer for Michigan, Eastern and Wayne State Universities.  He is a Faculty and Presenter member teacher of Smithsonian Associates.  

In venues as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Detroit Institute of Arts, Northern Michigan campgrounds and lighthouses, and schools and libraries across the state, Neil’s performances pay tribute to lightkeepers, immigrants, laborers, sailors, soldiers, teachers, mothers, fathers, lumberjacks, railroaders, farmers, hobos, auto workers, dancers, singers, musicians and dogs.

Neil may be the only person alive who has played both banjo at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jew’s harp at Lincoln Center.

For more about Neil, visit www.neilwoodward.com.
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