CRYSTAL FALLS - On Sunday singer-songwriter Jack Williams will make his first appearance on the Second Sunday Folk Dance stage at Fortune Lake in?Crystal Falls.
In addition to his vivid songs and storytelling skills, Jack Williams has been called, "one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk" (SING OUT! magazine).
The concert begins at 4 p.m. with hosts Bette and Dean Premo (White Water) performing a short set along with Carrie, Emma, and Susan Dlutkowski. Jack Williams will follow immediately with his intimate style and exceptional artistry.
After the concert, snacks and beverages will be served and the dance part of the evening begins. As a special treat in celebration of the upcoming FinnFest 2013, the celebrated dance troupe known as the "Kivajat Dancers" will demonstrate and teach a few folk dances.
Bette Premo and The Front Parlor Dance Band will finish the evening playing tunes and providing dance instruction until 7 p.m. Admission is $7 for adult and children under 15 are free. For those who want to make music, fiddler Bob Arthur will lead an old-time music jam session starting at 1 p.m. at the dining hall (no charge for the jam session).
The music of Jack Williams is rooted in his native South Carolina and shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, classical and the popular music of the '30s, '40s and '50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's folk music circuit.
Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing." Williams has played large and small venues across North America and Europe and enjoys the intimacy of the house concert venue most of all.
The Kivajat Dancers is comprised of children, ages 8 through 13, from Upper Michigan's Copper Country. Kay Seppala leads and teaches the basics of traditional Finnish folk dancing. The group performs in colorful peasant costumes. The Kivajat (translated as the "Merry Makers") was formed in 2004 and has performed at three FinnFests and at the Festival of Nations in St. Paul, Minn.