Concert celebrates women songwriters

MANISTEE — The Spirit of the Woods Music Association will host a concert celebrating women songwriters in honor of International Women’s Day this weekend.

The event begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Browntown Hall, located at 8233 Coates Highway in Manistee. There is an admission fee at the door.

This concert features Michigan performers, Mary Sue Wilkinson with Roger Brown; Annie Capps with Rod Capps; Sally Potter; Darcy

Annie Capps is among the many acts who will play on Saturday at the Browntown Hall as part of the Spirit of the Woods Music Association's concert celebrating International Women’s Day. (Courtesy photo)

Annie Capps is among the many acts who will play on Saturday at the Browntown Hall as part of the Spirit of the Woods Music Association’s concert celebrating International Women’s Day. (Courtesy photo)

Wilkin; and Marlene Wood with the Nephews. They will be singing songs of women songwriters who have influenced them and their music. Some of them will also share some of their own songs.

Wilkinson has graced the stage over the years with her bands Iowa Rose, Sister Wilene and with her duo Drive South with Roger Brown. She is the author of “Songs You Know By Heart: A Simple Guide for Using Music in Dementia Care” which includes her recording of 18 well known sing along songs.

Capps sings about broken things and poignant little ponderings delivered with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang and a soulful groove. While she continues to draw from a wide range of genres and influences, what comes out is a hybrid sound all her own.

Wood is a singer and bass player who has performed for many years in the Manistee and Benzie county area. Most recently, she plays bass with The Nephews. Bluegrass, country and folk music are channels through which she expresses this passion, and she looks forward to sharing songs of great women songwriters, including Buffy Saint Marie, Laurie Lewis and Malvina Reynolds.

Wilkin is a founding member of the popular Americana group, the Corn Fed Girls. They have been making music and appearing at festivals and concerts throughout the Midwest for more than 20 years.

When Potter isn’t producing an annual singing festival or helping other communities produce similiar events, singing with the Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing, or leading local monthly community sings, she is teaching Economics and Civics to students at Williamston High School. A mainstay in the Mid-Michigan folk music community since 1984, Sally, Betsy Clinton and Pat Madden were members of the very popular group, Second Opinion, from 1989- 2001.

The Spirit of the Woods audience will have an opportunity to join in the singing during this celebration of women songwriters honoring International Women’s Day. The Spirit of the Woods Music Association is a nonprofit organization.

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