Friday Night Stage
$20 Public, $18 Ten Pound Fiddle Members, $5 Students. Available online or at the box office at 6:30PM.
We Aren’t Dead Yet: Jamie Anderson, Deidre McCalla, Dianne Davidson
Dianne Davidson, Deidre McCalla, and Jamie Anderson perform in-the-round for an evening of humor and grace running the gamut from gut-wrenching blues to heartbreakingly tender ballads.
Dianne Davidson’s soulful vocals will take hold of your heart, turn it inside out, race it around the world on a rip-roaring joy ride, and hand it back to you in a throbbing mass. And you will thank her for the experience. Both solo artist and well-respected back-up singer, Dianne’s recorded works have been recently remastered and re-released including the ground-breaking ‘Breaking All the Rules’ (Olivia/Second Wave). Dianne has worked with an outstanding list of notables including Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Nelson, BB King, Leon Russell and Tammy Wynette. www.diannedavidson.com
Deidre McCalla has been affectionately dubbed the “dreadlocked troubadour” by The Miami Herald. A deeply nuanced songwriter, Deidre’s music celebrates the power and diversity of daily living with delightful storytelling, nimble guitar playing, and vocals that can be both graceful and gritty. Ms Magazine lists Deidre’s first Olivia recording ‘Don’t Doubt It’ as one of 25 Classic Women’s Music albums. With five critically acclaimed albums and a lifetime of touring under her belt, Deidre McCalla remains the tireless road warrior and has captivated audiences with her warmth and generosity of spirit from Maui to Maine, college coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall. www.deidremccalla.com
Jamie Anderson is a singer-songwriter-comic originally from North Carolina who has beat the emigration rush and currently resides in Ottawa, Canada. A multi-instrumentalist (especially if you count the hula hoop) known for her impromptu outbreaks of wit and whimsy, Jamie has recorded ten albums including the recently released ‘Dare.’ Oft described as one of the hardest working gals in the biz, Jamie is also a music reviewer for Sing Out Magazine and her hilarious memoir “Drive All Night” has been published by Bella Books. Jamie Anderson doesn’t know anyone famous but she once passed Pat Benatar on a staircase. www.jamieanderson.com
Co-Produced with the Ten Pound Fiddle – www.tenpoundfiddle.org.
Saturday Day Stage
The WITA Day Stage runs from 1-5pm on the Saturday of the Festival. Access to the day stage is included in the $5 festival pass – you can’t miss it!
1pm: Heather Mac
Born and raised in Plymouth/Canton, Heather has been singing all her life. Her influences include Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Serena Ryder. She has sung in regional band Joe Jaber and The Last Divide, and has just recently branched off solo. As a solo act in 2017, she has been featured on the Motor City Pride stage, as well as Windover Resort’s Music in the Valley. She is currently in the process of recording her first EP and is launching a merch line.
2pm: Ruth Barrett
Ruth Barrett is an award winning fretted dulcimer recording artist, singer, and songwriter with numerous releases to her credit. She is also an author of Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creations (Llewllyn, 2007) and co-founder of the Temple of Diana, a national Dianic Wiccan tax-exempt religious organization.
Ruth’s compositions are counted among the pioneering musical works in the Goddess Spirituality Movement. For almost three decades she has shared traditional folk music and her original and traditional Goddess songs with audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.
From 1981-2000, with musical collaborator Cyntia Smith, Ruth co-produced five critically acclaimed recordings: Aeolus, Music of the Rolling World, Deepening, A Dulcimer Harvest, and The Heart is the Only Nation. As a solo artist, Ruth’s 1990 release, Parthenogenesis won an INDIE award from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors in the category of Women’s Music. In 2002, Ruth’s original composition, “Romp of the Canyon Kitties,” was released as the opening track on Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Volume Two. In 2003, Ruth released a two-volume CD set The Year is a Dancing Woman: Goddess Chants, Songs and Invocations for the Wheel of the Year. Her song, “Every Woman Born,” is included in the popular CD compilation, The Best of Pagan Music (Serpentine Music, 2004).
Ruth Barrett has performed at numerous venues and festivals nationally and internationally including the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, the National Women’s Music Festival, Winter Festival of Acoustic Music, the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, The Glastonbury Goddess Festival, and Pagan Spirit Gathering. Ruth has directed the Candlelight Concert, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival’s closing spirituality concert since 1993.
3pm: Sistrum, Lansing Women’s Chorus
Sistrum is a WITA day stage standard! They are composed of your friends, your community and the cooks behind the festival Sistrum Cafe!
Sistrum creates music that inspires, empowers, and entertains.
4pm: Live Story Telling
Featuring cast members of As We Go On: Queer Story
As We Go On is a storytelling event that promises to draw you in and never leave you. Based on real-life experiences, members of our local LGBTQ+ community share their stories and hearts. The performances are funny, witty, sad, infuriating, uplifting, and touching. Join us as we laugh, cry, and shine a spotlight on hidden pain and delightful surprises.
Developed by Director Margaret Smith, As We Go On has teamed up with several Michigan organizations to host successful events raising funds for queer youth centers. WITA brings two stories from As We Go On to the day stage, as told by Kate and Leah C. Peterson, and Fiona Carey.
Fiona Carey is a proud graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Kalamazoo College; she’s also worked with the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival and with Parallel 45, a northern Michigan theatre company. Fiona has taught English to French-speakers and French to English-speakers, and hopes to keep learning and teaching languages as a path to joy and justice.
Kate Peterson is a musician, and a self-employed web/graphic designer. the more she sings, the better she feels. she loves her house, and the people and dog inside it. she loves troubleshooting. working outside when it’s 65. date night. her family. spontaneous community. sing-a-longs. weekends with no cell reception. gathering. long hugs where it doesn’t matter how long. sad songs. making cards. being heart-full.
Leah Peterson has a farm-girl spirit. She is rooted in theater and art. You may spot her scurrying around U of M Hospital helping people to heal and trying to infuse the health care system with kindness. She has a fierce love for bike rides, social justice and her dog Maisy.
Saturday Night Stage, 6PM
Tickets: $15, general admission
Most of us know Elvira from her epic, no punches pulled sets at the various Womyn’s Festivals in the Midwest. Come join us for an intimate evening with Elvira!
Elvira Kurt is one of Canada’s most accomplished comedians, individually as a stand-up and also as an improviser with The Second City, enjoying many years of comedic success in both Canada and the U.S. Elvira has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network.
Voted Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards, Elvira recently hosted two hit shows on the LOGO Network, ‘First Comes Love’, and ‘Cruising the Caribbean with Olivia’. She just added another Gemini-nomination to the list for her performance in the CBC’s ‘Halifax Comedy Special’ and her previous nomination for the one-hour comedy special ‘Elvira Kurt: Big Girl Now’ nabbed the Gold Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival. She wrote, hosted and produced a full 78 episodes of the nightly hit show, ‘PopCultured with Elvira Kurt’ for The Comedy Network and continues to be in high demand on television networks in Canada and the U.S.
One of North America’s hottest college acts, Elvira Kurt has been nominated as both U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year. Elvira is in the midst of co-producing an all female comedy tour called ‘Girls School’ which will be filmed and is already a huge success, being voted one the top comedy in shows in Toronto last year.