Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Seth & May featured at Music in the Park

Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are Michigan-based contemporary folk musicians and are the featured performers for the Mackinac Arts Council Music in the Park summer concert series. Their show takes place from 8pm-9pm, Thursday, June 28, 2012 in Marquette Park overlooking the straits of Mackinac (rain location, Horn's Bar).

Both born and raised in Michigan to musical families with a firm independent streak, Bernard and Erlewine first met in 2003, when he was a performer at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival (using the name Seth Barnard) and she was attending. Both Bernard and Erlewine had a strong background in songwriting and performing and had tastes that ran from folk and blues to rock, and they soon became partners in music (and later a couple).

In 2003, Erlewine (as Daisy May, a nickname she'd had since childhood) cut her first album for Earthwork Music, the independent label affiliated with his family's collective farm that had already released two discs by Bernard. In early 2006, they released their first collaborative LP through Earthwork, simply called Seth Bernard and Daisy May, which followed several years of live performances as a duo. Along with other artists affiliated with the Earthwork Collective, Bernard and Erlewine were perennial attractions at the farm's annual Harvest Gathering, a music festival devoted to local independent artists and responsible, earth-friendly activism.

Bernard and Erlewine have also been part of the musical and environmental activist community in the Midwest, and have taken their message across the country and beyond the U.S. border, participating in educational workshops with native musicians in Mexico in 2008. In 2009, Erlewine opted to stop calling herself Daisy May in favor of May Erlewine, and Bernard embraced his birth name, Samuel Seth Bernard, and they used their new/old names for their second collaborative album, Welcome Back.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mackinac Arts Council June Events

Mackinac Arts Council Events: June 2012 

 June 21 8pm, Music in the Park feat. The Mickeys in beautiful Marquette Park 

Amy Sherman and Julie Peebles are a compelling musical duo. Identical twins, this striking twosome blends Americana, Country and Folk music well and are outstanding. We are pleased to kick off our summer concert series by welcoming The Mickey's back to Mackinac Island. 

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June 28 8pm, Music in the Park feat. Seth & May, Marquette Park 

This Northern Michigan duo harmonizes beautifully and believes music should bring people together. Like the best folk musicians, they have the ability to convey stories through music captivating the audience at every turn. Playing venues from the folk institution, The Ark in Ann Arbor to Garrison Keillor's "A Prarie Home Companion," we invite you to witness what we know will be a stellar showcase. 

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