What's New?  Here's what's new...
A community drum circle in the United States is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order play rhythms together. The participants sit is a circle of chairs so everyone is equal. The drum circle play percussion instruments in an informal, collaborative setting. The participants don't need musical experience and can begin at a level that works for them.
The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. A drumming circle provides an opportunity to connect with a group of other like-minded people.
Mid Michigan Drum Circle invites adults and mature youngsters to join them in their weekly jams- likely held in Midland or Bay City. We have spare drums/percussion for you to borrow- if desired. There is no charge to be a member of the Mid Mich Drum Circle.
Look us up at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/332811060693115/ , or email Steveweckle1@gmail.com
2020 call for workshop leaders (both past AND FUTURE!) - please see the letter under the Midland Folk Music Festival tab for details!
WASSUP6 is coming!  See the Ukuleles page for all the details...

We have a Hall-of-Famer amongst us! Congratulations, Betty Scherzer... https://expo.mlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/09/ac40acc6118370/twotime-national-softball-mvp-betty-scherzer-makes-pitch-for-hall-of-fame.html

The Folk Music Society of Midland is saddened to hear of the passing on September 5th, 2019, of Bruce Macartney, who was an important part of the local traditional music community. FMSM sends its condolences to his wife, Carol, their children, the family members, and his bandmates and friends.

Wow! Thanks to all who made the 2019 MFMF happen, and to all of you who came and made it so much fun! We'll see y'all next August... If you have photos that you're willing to share, please send them to beldar57@yahoo.com. Thanks!



Every day, it's a gettin' closer, goin' faster than a rollercoaster...  






























WASSUP5 done come 'n' went - here's a few photos (courtesy of Shari Ballard-Krishnan) that tell a little bit about what happened.  Thank you to all who came and all who helped get everything ready (and put away!)  Plans are already being made for WASSUP6 - Fri/Sat, March 13 and 14, 2020!  Mark your Google calendars now...  😀

















UPDATE - FUNERAL INFORMATION:  Jane E. "Nonz" Kuhlman 100 years of Midland died peacefully Saturday January 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her children. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday January 26, 2019 from Trinity Lutheran Church. Jane's family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service. 

Sadly, Jane Kuhlman has passed away.  She and Bill were instrumental in the formation of Jolly Hammers and Strings and in creating the Midland Folk Music Festival.  FMSM sends its sympathies to Keith, Kris, Kathy, and the whole Kuhlman family.






Check the calendar on the right side of the page to find out what fun musical events are happening in 2019 with FMSM...


A sad note to share with the FMSM family...

Here is a note from Marlene and an excerpt from Jerry's obituary and a lovely clip of Jerry and Marlene dancing ...

My beloved Jerry died Friday morning. His daughter Ann and I were there with him, and I was able to hold him as he gently let go of his life. After 5 days in the Neuro ICU, we were fortunate to find a bed for him at Toni & Trish House where the hospice care is so attentive and loving. Last Friday he fell causing a severe brain bleed – and thus a hemorrhagic stroke. He declined slowly over the week, but until Thursday was still responsive and able to smile and squeeze our hands. I will miss him terribly – but I also feel some relief that his struggle is over.

I am hoping that folk & dance musicians can bring their acoustic instruments and jam after the service and lunch Saturday in the Gathering room at Trinity Lutheran.

Gerald (Jerry) Hickman, 88, of Midland, died gently and peacefully on November 2, 2018, knowing he was loved. Jerry loved folk music and traditional dancing. He organized the Midland Traditional Dancers and taught contra dancing and clogging at the Midland Community Center. He also taught dance to Midland students and Girl Scouts, and he was the Dancing Master at the Historical Society’s Victorian Ball.

Jerry’s bright spirit and enthusiasm for life touched the lives of all who knew him. Jerry is survived by his loving wife and favorite dance partner for 34 years, Marlene Hickman.. . . .

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 11 AM at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Jerry’s family will receive friends on Friday November 9, from 6-8 PM at Ware-Smith Woolever and at 10 AM Saturday at the Church. His family is grateful for all the compassionate care and attention he received in the last months of his life. Donations in memory of Gerald Hickman would be appreciated to the Toni & Trish House or Senior Services.