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