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Cool Venues

The Ark
Michigan's premier folk venue, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
4th Fridays
multi-media entertainment venue in Dearborn, Mich., that showcases gifted Christian artists in music, art, poetry, and comedy in a coffeehouse setting on a monthly basis
Live! from the Living Room
weekly acoustic showcase in Orion Township, Mich., hosted by Maggie Ferguson
MAMAs Coffeehouse
The Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance presents quality monthly shows in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Trinity House Theatre
Intimate theater offering great acoustic music as well as dramatic works in Livonia, Mich.



Elderly Instruments
the best store for acoustic instruments, CDs, books, and accessories in Michigan, as far as we know
Homestead Pickin' Parlor

Acoustic instruments, lessons, jam sessions, recordings, and more in the Minneapolis, Minn., suburbs. 

McSpadden Dulcimers
maker of Eric and Polly's second mountain dulcimer, the Schnaufer model
Martin Guitar Company
maker of Eric's favorite guitars
Wildwood Music
a terrific little music shop jam-packed with great folk instruments, CDs, books, and accessories in Coshocton, Ohio. Eric and Polly's McSpadden "Schnaufer" mountain dulcimer came from here.
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop

great little store in Townsend, Tenn., where Eric and Polly tried out about twenty mountain dulcimers and finally bought their first one

Musical Friends

John Dobat
Here's the MySpace page for a fellow Detroit-area singer-songwriter we first met at Live! from the Living Room with his then-trio, Twenty-Row. Smooth country-flavored acoustic music.
Eric Easterbrook
This is the MySpace page for a mellow-voiced Detroit-area Christian acoustic musician whom we first encountered as part of a duo called Thick and Thin. Eric helped us record about half of our second CD.
John Finan
A performer since 1978, John Finan is a versatile songwriter, lead and harmony singer, and fine guitarist whom we first met when he was hosting open mics at Xhedos Cafe in Ferndale, Mich.. He has released four CDs.
Dan Hazlett
Singer-songwriter-guitarist and sometime songwriter-workshop host who helped us record our first CD.
Andy Mather
Andy is a fine guitarist, harmonica-player, singer, and songwriter whose songs range from the rib-tickling to the sublime. We were delighted to have him and his harmonica on our song "Ten Ways to Stay in Love," on More Than Enough.
Joel Palmer
Joel is both a solo performer and frontman for the band Dr. Swing. He writes some awesome songs in a variety of styles, and his guitar skills are quite enviable.
Alan Sturt
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Alan Sturt hails from England originally, but now makes his home in southeast Michigan, where he works magic on strings. This is his MySpace page.

Musical Organizations

Folk Alliance Region Midwest
regional chapter of the North American Alliance for Folk Music and Dance (Folk Alliance). The Paint Creek Folklore Society is a member.
Paint Creek Folklore Society
organization for folk-music and folklore fans in metro Detroit, of which Eric and Polly were members from 2001 to 2009 (meets in Rochester Hills, Mich.)

Radio Shows

Folks Like Us
Site for now-defunct weekly public-radio show devoted to all kinds of folk music, old and new, hosted by folk musician Matt Watroba.
Issues, Etc.
Talk show discussing theological and cultural issues from the Lutheran perspective, hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. Eric and Polly did a half-hour phone interview on this program on May 24, 2007, and since then the program has featured various clips of their music in between discussion segments.
Live Musician Fridays

Every week from 7 to 9 AM, FM station 95.5 KCHK (New Prague, MN) features local artists. You can find everything from polka bands to Christian country-folk performers--and it's all archived, so you can listen online even if you can't catch the broadcast live.

The Folk Sampler
syndicated radio program of folk, traditional, bluegrass and blues, broadcast from the foothills of the Ozarks

Other Cool Sites


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