Folk music series presents Gina Forsyth

Gina Forsyth

CRYSTAL FALLS — On Sunday, March 11, the Second Sunday Folk Dance presents award winning Cajun fiddler and singer-songwriter Gina Forsyth. White Water will provide the opening act. The concert and folk dance is held at the Fortune Lake Camp in Crystal Falls, Mich. and starts at 4 p.m. CT.

After the concert, the Front Parlor Dance Band and dance caller Steve Kickert will provide dance music and instruction until 7 p.m. Dean and Bette Premo organize and host the Second Sunday concert/dance series. A full season schedule is available at www.secondsundayfolkdance.com.

New Orleans-based Gina Forsyth is an award-winning singer/songwriter, who is known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar. With an alto as unique as it is soulful, unpretentious songs that cut straight to the heart, and a wicked sense of humor, her live performances are legendary. Considered one of the best Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Gina is in demand from other great Louisiana musicians to play club gigs and festivals. Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Gina grew up on hymns, country songs, and old time fiddle tunes. In the mid-1980s, she moved to New Orleans to study classical and jazz violin at Loyola University and quickly developed an irrevocable passion for Cajun music.

Over the last 20 years, Gina has evolved into one of the most respected folk artists in America. In 2001, cult folk label Waterbug released her debut CD, “You Are Here,” which was quickly heralded as “…an eclectic, beautifully played testament to choosing the right personnel and crafting a great song” by the Daily Advertiser, Lafayette, La.

She toured the US and Canada with Texans, Lisa Markley and Beth Cahill, as The Malvinas. Together the trio released two acclaimed CDs. In 2006, two of Forsyth’s songs were published in the venerable folk song magazine, Sing Out! She has toured and recorded with some of Louisiana’s greatest Cajun bands. She also appears on the new 2-CD compilation, “Songs from the Lower Mississippi Delta” (2011).

All Second Sunday Folk Dance events begin promptly at 4 p.m. CT and end at 7 p.m. CT.

There is an admission fee for adults, but children 15 and under are admitted free.

The final guest musician for the 33rd season is Joel Mabus on April 8. If you would like to sponsor the SSFD with a tax-deductable donation, contact Bette Premo at (906) 822-7889.

The Fortune Lake Camp is located between Iron River and Crystal Falls in Iron County, Mich., two miles west of Crystal Falls on US-2. Turn south on Bible Camp Road and drive for less than a quarter mile. Turn right on Fortune Lake Camp Road and just drive a short distance.

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