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Past Festivals

2017

Amilia K. Spicer  •  Mark Dvorak •  Matt Watroba and Robert Jones  •  Mustard’s Retreat  •  Abigail Stauffer  •  Suzanne and Jim  •  Neal Woodward  •  Mike Vial

2016

Mike Vial  •  Raisin Pickers  •  Kitty Donohoe  •  Mustard’s Retreat  •  Bill Bynum and Company  •  The Hummingbirds

2015

Hayley Reardon  •  Don White and Christine Lavin  •  Kate Taylor  •  Mustard’s Retreat  •  Peter Yarrow

2014

Stella! • Matt Watroba and Rev. Robert Jones • The Ukulele Kings • Suzanne and Jim • Mustard’s Retreat

2013

Mustard’s Retreat • Dan Hall • Anne Hills • Neil Woodward with Jim and Suzanne • Neptune’s Car

2012

Joel Mabus • Mustard’s Retreat • Sons of the Never Wrong • Four Shillings Short • Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns • The Steel Wheels • Neptune’s Car

2011

Anne Hills • Steppin’ In It • Sister Wilene • Mustard’s Retreat • Finvarra’s Wren • Neil Woodward • Ann and Rod Capp

2010

Mustard’s Retreat • Meg Hutchinson • Stella! • Matt Watroba • Rachael Davis • The Laws

2009

Michael Smith • Mustard’s Retreat • Shout Sister Shout • Hannah Fralick • Jen Sygit

2008

Yellow Room Gang • Four Shillings Short

2007

John McCutcheon • Jeffrey Foucault • Kris Delmhorst • Madcat and Kane • Matter and Ghost • Terry Gonda

2006

Carrie Newcomer • Robert Jones • Finvarra’s Wren • Susan Werner • James Keelaghan

2005

Matt Watroba • Mustard’s Retreat • Annie Gallup • Sons of the Never Wrong • Don White

2004

Julie Austin • Tullamore Dew • Akire Bubar • Four Shillings Short • Matt Watroba • Mustard’s Retreat • Brewer and Shipley

2003

Dan Hall • Akire Bubar • Jim Bizer • Terry Farmer • Tom Kimmel • Dev Singh • Bob Miller • Josh White Jr. • Fourtold • Tom Paxton

2002

John McCutcheon • Bob Miller & Jerry Peterson • Lee Murdock • Kelly Watkins • Jere Stormer • Dan Hall • Bob Franke • Kitty Donohoe • Mustard’s Retreat

2001

Steve LaCrosse • Kitty Donohoe • The Raisin Pickers • Dan Hall

2000

Jerre Stormer • Jeff Karoub • Dev Singh • Neville Narona • Andy Bogner • Riley McLincha • Bob Miller and Jerry Peterson • Doug Rutledge • Lucy Webster • Dan Hall • Jan Krist

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Past Concerts

2017

Debra Cowan and John Roberts • Tim Grimm • May Erlewine • Annie and Rod Capps • Chuck Brodsky  •  Blue Water Ramblers

2016

Kerry Patrick Clark • NESSA • Bob Bovee • April Verch • Corn Potato String Band • Squirrel Hillbillies • Mark Stuart • Don Henry • Don White and Christine Lavin

2015

Red Tail Ring • Shari Kane and Dave Steele  • Mike and Ruthy •  The Mickeys • Jan Krist and Jim Bizer • The Appleseed Collective  • Jack Williams  • The Springtails  • Chuck Brodsky  •  Four Shillings Short  • Mustard’s Retreat  •  Yellow Room Gang

2014

Mike Kassel • Sandy Cash • Rita Hosking • Dan Hall • L. L. Blues • Drew Nelson • Kitty Donohoe • Mean Mary • Anne Hills • Matt Watroba • Yellow Room Gang

2013

Blue Water Ramblers • Jonathan Byrd • Equinox • Dan Hall • The Stray Birds • Don White • Honey Dew Drops • Brooks Williams • Small Potatoes • Joe Crookston • Yellow Room Gang

2012

Jo Serrapere Trio • Mean Mary • Rachael Davis • Dan Crary • Mary Sue Wilkinson & Roger Brown • Meg Hutchinson • Peggy Seeger • Jon Brooks • Ronny Cox • Cairn to Cairn • The Laws • Kraig Kenning • Mike and Ruthy • Michael Johnson • Bill Staines • Sons of the Never Wrong • Doug and Telisha Williams • Claudia Schmidt • Mark Dvorak • Yellow Room Gang

2011

Neil Woodward • Cairn to Cairn • Kitty Donohoe • Mustard’s Retreat • Tracy Grammer • Gordon Bok • Small Potatoes • Sarah McQuaid • James Gordon • Danny Schmidt • Amy Speace • Mary Flower • Lac La Belle • Chuck Brodsky • Peter Mayer • Katie Geddes • Yellow Room Gang

2010

Rachael Davis • Lee Murdock • Stella • Cats and the Fiddler • Bill Bynum & Co. • Annie & Rod Capps with Jason Dennie • Dan Hall • Mark Erelli • Anne Hills • Garnet Rogers • Doug McLeod • Bill Staines • Trent Wagler & the Steel Wheels • LL Blues Band • Mark Stuart • Jill Jack • Joel Mabus • Tish Hinojosa

2009

Mustard’s Retreat • Under Construction Bluegrass Band • Neil Woodward • Judy Insley & Almost Perfect • Mike Agranoff • Lynn Miles • Steppin In It • Wanda Degen Trio • Kitty Donohoe & David Mosher • John Flynn • Sally Potter • Rod MacDonald • Roy Book Binder • All About Eve • Joel Mabus

2008

Bob Marr & Hannah Fralick • Jen Sygit • Ruth & Max Bloomquist • James Gordon • Claudia Schmidt • Bill Staines • Joel Mabus • Small Potatoes • Doug McLeod • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion • Lou & Peter Berryman • Finvarra’s Wren • Mark Dvorak • The Laws

2007

Kitty Donohoe • Jan Krist • Jay Webber • Annie and Rod Capps • Brooks Williams • Mark Dvorak • Matt Watroba & Katie Geddes • Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen • Katseye • Ann & Will Rowland • Chuck Brodsky • Sally Potter & Pat Madden • Mustard’s Retreat

2006

Jim Balcerski • Mustard’s Retreat • Barb Barton • Stonecross • Matter and Ghost • John D. Lamb • Lisa Pappas • Erica Wheeler • Jack Williams • Michael Hough • Dave Barrett • The Kennedys • Mad Agnes • Terry Gonda • Jim Bizer

2005

Mustard’s Retreat • Jan Krist • Dan Hall • Kitty Donohoe • Four Shillings Short • Mark Dvorak • James Gordon • Jan Krist • Matt Watroba and Jukebox Folk • Pierce Pettis • Jan Krist • Eliza Gilkyson • Joel Mabus • Terri Hendrix • Joe Jencks • Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion • Rod MacDonald

2004

Mustard’s Retreat • Lou and Peter Berryman • Mike Agranoff • Claudia Schmidt • Easily Amused • Colleen Sexton • Lynn Miles • April Verch • Valdy • The Kennedys • Jake Armerding • Mad Agnes • Bob Miller • Ron Woods • Jerry Peterson • Bonnie Pobocik • Johnny Jones • Jim Balcerski • Steve LaCrosse • Bob Bovee & Gail Heil • Small Potatoes

2003

Tamarack • Jar • Tangerine Trousers • Mustard’s Retreat • Johnsmith • Nathan and Stephanie Chapman • Madcat and Kane • Allette Brooks • Akire Bubar • Susan Harrison • Kelly Watkins • Mark Dvorak • Andy Bogner • James Gordon & Sandy Horne • Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem • Mad Agnes • Annie Gallup • Amilia Spicer • The Dreamsicles • Dev Singh • Judy Cook • Dick Siegel

2002

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion • Chuck Mitchell • Tamarack • Dan Hall • Voices on the Verge • Katy Moffatt • Alice Peacock • Jennifer Erb • Jim Bizer • Phil Marcus Esser • Charlie Latimer • Patricia Pettinga • Rod MacDonald • Tom Kimmel • Patty Larkin • W W W-(Matt Watroba, Neil Woodward & Gary Weisenburg) • Jen Chapin and Stephan Crump • John McCutcheon • Bob Miller & Jerry Peterson • Lee Murdock • Kelly Watkins • Jere Stormer • Dan Hall • Bob Franke • Kitty Donohoe • Mustard’s Retreat • Kate Campbell • Easily Amused • Denise and Will • Claudia Schmidt • Kristen Lee • Josh White Jr. • Bob and Jerry • Chuck Mitchell • Joe Jencks • Relative Sight • Joel Mabus

2001

Mustard’s Retreat • Dan Hall • Guy Davis • Tim Harrison • Dave Mallett • Kitty Donohoe • Cooper Nelson and Early • Sirens • Kris Delmhorst • Matt Watroba & Robert Jones • Harbor Folk • Don Conoscenti • Matt Watroba & Robert Jones • Kitty Donohoe • Mustard’s Retreat • Patrcia Pettinga • Ray Wylie Hubbard • Akire Bubar • Holly Miranda • Jen Chapin • Joe Jencks • Peter Mayer • Neil Woodward • Kris Delmhorst • Robin Laing • Lee Murdock • Ron Coden • Charlie Latimer • Jack Williams • Steve LaCrosse • Simon Mayor & Hillary James • Judy Cook • Traveler’s Dream • Mark Dvorak • Lucy Webster • Jeff Karoub

2000

Jere Stormer • Dev Singh • Kitty Donohoe • Dan Hall • Will Danforth • Nelson and LaCrosse • Kris Delmhorst • Mustard’s Retreat • Garnet Rogers • Peter Mulvey • Richard Shindell • Sons of the Never Wrong • Erica Wheeler • Moondog Matinee • Tim Readman and Fear of Drinking • Jack Williams • John Gorka & Lucy Kaplansky • Matt Watroba and Robert Jones • Hailey Wojcik • Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw • Anne Hills and Michael Smith • Doug McArthur • Ashley Peacock • Ken Perlman • Moondog Matinee • Dan Hall • Dave Moore • Joel Mabus

1999

Song of the Lakes • Candy Fortress • Katy Moffatt • Patty Larkin • Tom Kimmel • Sucka MCs

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All of our concerts take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Flint, MI.

2474 South Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI 48507

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The Flint Folk Music Society – A History

by Jim McTiernan

The Flint Folk Music Society was born in 1999 but the roots of Flint folk music and those of the Flint Folk Music Society extend back in time to the 1960’s and early 70’s when folk music flourished in two amazing venues operated by Don and Jackie Bowles. This is the beginning of that story.

The Sippin’ Lizzard Coffee House

new_logo_lizzardThe “Sippin’ Lizzard Coffee House” was located at the corner of Lewis St. and Bennett St. in Flint Michigan. It grew out of the gatherings that Don and Jackie Bowles hosted in the basement of their home where their son, Paul, and his friends gathered to play guitar and sing. When attendance became too large for the basement, Jackie, with Don’s support, rented the old building on Lewis St. and established a coffeehouse in 1965.

The name for the coffeehouse came from an incident at Paul’s high school. Paul and his friends were constantly being harassed by school officials for their hair and dress. One day Jackie was called to school and found Paul in the counselor’s office. In the course of the discussion that followed the counselor referred to Paul and his friends as nothing but a bunch of “no good, long-haired, guitar-playing, coffee-sipping lizards.” And the “Sippin’ Lizzard” was born.

The building that housed the Sippin’ Lizzard was rented by Don and Jackie Bowles in 1965 because it was the only one they could afford at the time. It proved to be an adequate location despite some business women who practiced their profession in the apartments upstairs and an unsecured basement door which allowed the cellar to serve as a restroom for “street people”. The building was demolished a few years ago.

At this location, folk music fans heard Joni Mitchell as she began her career, as well as Cedric Smith, Phil Marcus Esser and others while sitting on the floor and drinking coffee. (see concert info below)

But this was the sixties and Flint was not ready for the Sippin’ Lizzard with its variety of anti-establishment entertainment. Police routinely raided the Sippin’ Lizzard looking for marijuana-using “hippies.” After a year and a half, Jackie closed the Sippin’ Lizzard due to the harassment and building code problems. Jackie was not abandoning folk music, however, as she already had visions of a new venue which might be less offensive to the city fathers. The new site would be called the “Concert Gallery.”

The Concert Gallery

The Concert Gallery opened in 1968 at the corner of Atherton and Fenton Roads in Flint. The building was formerly a pharmacy, but Jackie and her loyal following cleaned and painted, constructed a stage and installed a sound system and lighting. Flint folk music fans followed Jackie to the new location and folk music along with plays and comedy entertained the Flint audience until once again the Flint establishment objected. The political and social turmoil of the times was vented on a small and unthreatening alternative entertainment venue. Police raids continued under Flint Mayor and former police chief James Rutherford and Genesee County Prosecutor Robert Leonard. Finally, the police hired a young woman to make a purchase of marijuana at the Concert Gallery. She was unable to do so as Jackie had a strict “no drugs” policy that was rigidly enforced. The police plant was able to buy a joint outside the Concert Gallery. The city ordered the Concert Gallery closed and Jackie filed a lawsuit against the city.

The protracted lawsuit that followed was won by Jackie, however the fight had been expensive and exhausting. Jackie reopened the Concert Gallery for a few weekends to celebrate the winning of the lawsuit, then closed for good.

Folk Music in Exile

What folk music remained in Flint after the closing of the Sippin’ Lizzard and the Concert Gallery lived in the smoky confines of downtown Flint bars. Hat’s Pub, Doobies, Sports Bar and other bars and restuarants often presented folk music entertainers. However they too soon fell victim to the dual pressures of downtown deterioration and University of Michigan-Flint expansion.

For decades the folk music scene in Flint was dormant and folk music only sporadically featured at libraries and other public locations. Folk music fans were forced to journey to the Ark in Ann Arbor or the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing to see and hear folk music artists.

The lack of local folk music venues, and a fortuitous job loss, resulted in the founding of the Flint Folk Music Society in 1999.

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  • Ukulele Kings

    Ukulele Kings

  • Suzanne _ Jim with Neil Woodward

    Suzanne _ Jim with Neil Woodward

  • Stella!

    Stella!
    Stella

  • Steel Wheels

    Steel Wheels

  • Robert Jones _ Matt Watroba

    Robert Jones _ Matt Watroba

  • Neptune's Car

    Neptune's Car

  • Kitty Donohoe

    Kitty Donohoe

  • Kitty Donohoe _ David Mosher

    Kitty Donohoe _ David Mosher

  • David Mosher

    David Mosher

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Ten Pound Fiddle

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Unitarian Universalist Church in Flint, MI.

2474 South Ballenger Hwy, Flint, MI 48507

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