Music Festival! Festival Dates: August 11th - 13th, 2017

The Shawano Folk Music Festival is a family weekend with an eclectic mix of music, dance and activities. Fine artists and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children. Friday and Saturday evening concerts are held inside airconditioned Mielke Arts Center, with 4 performers each night.

Saturday and Sunday daytime programs include music, dance, children’s programs, craft demos, sing-alongs, and instruction on 4 outdoor stages in Shawano’s Mielke Park. Local vendors offer an array of good food, and the Open Stage invites musicians a chance to perform for an appreciative audience.

It’s a family weekend, and it goes on rain or shine. Join us for an evening, a day, or the entire weekend. The festival is sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, and is produced entirely by volunteers.

2017 Lineup


MC: Tom Pease is well known to most children in Wisconsin. His performances are energetic, a little wacky, and full of laughter and movement. They remind us how good it is to sing together. Tom is the Festival’s 2017 Honorary Co-Director.
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Stanton West (formerly Eddie Danger) is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world traveling troubadour spreading a message about family, community, nature, and positivity. His songs are about hope, having fun, being who you are, and relishing the moment. Stanton is Tom Pease’s “Director’s Choice.”
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Anne Hills returns to Shawano after a long absence. She is a songwriter whose songs stay in your memory, and a singer with one of the best voices in folk music. Tom Paxton says, “... she is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
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Michael Smith is a masterful and magical songwriter and performer. Sing Out! Magazine says, “Michael Smith stands out as one of the few undisputed geniuses among singersongwriters.” As his website says, “Wherever you go. Whatever you do. He stays in your head.”
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Green Bay Pickers Joins us for the first time. They’re a reunion of members of popular Green Bay area bands, like The Brown County Bluegrass Boys, Thunder Mountain and the Back Porch Bluegrass Band. Eddie Biebel, Ken Stillman and Karen Stillman join forces with Arizona-born Vickie Basar. They combine Eddie Biebel’s dynamic guitar playing and warm baritone, Vickie Basar’s soaring vocals and rock solid rhythm guitar, Karen Stillman’s unbridled singing and bass playing,  and Ken Stillman’s red hot fiddling to create something fresh and exciting – a seamless blend of bluegrass, western swing, folk, Cajun, old time country and originals. Hot picking and cool singing. Guaranteed!
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MC: Dan Robinson is a musician and storyteller, the host and producer of WPR’s “Simply Folk” and the MC for the Saturday night concert. Folk music has played a central role for Robinson in bringing people together, promoting participation, and just having a great time playing and listening. He said, "That's the power of folk music, whether it's friends sitting around a fire singing songs that have been around for hundreds of years, or a concert by a new folk band, the music creates a bond.
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Tom Pease is well known to most children in Wisconsin. His performances are energetic, a little wacky, and full of laughter and movement. They remind us how good it is to sing together. Tom is the Festival’s 2017 Honorary Co-Director.
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Indigie Femme weaves the cultural backgrounds of Tash Terry and Elena together in powerful performance. Using guitar, mandolin, djembe, medicine drum and other instruments, they blend original songs with Dine, Maori and Samoan traditions. More at

Jack Williams is an uncommonly good guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition. He’s influenced by folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
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Frogwater describes their style as “eclectic people’s music.” They range from Celtic to Delta Blues and Classical to Pop. John and Susan Nicholson use fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and voice to interpret original music and traditional tunes.
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Daytime Performers (in alphabetical order)

3 Amigos

50% Folk

Roger Diggle

Wade Fernandez

Keith McGillvrey

Oneida Gospel Singers

Pinolio (John Guarrine)


John Stano

Dorothy Zerbe

PROGRAM BOOK (click here)


Master Class: Finding Your Voice with the Native American Flute
Learn how to get in touch with your own musical voice and improvise beautiful music through this ancient instrument! Wade Fernandez has taught this course internationally to a wide range of ages from 5th grade up to the elderly. For beginners and experienced flute players.

Wade Fernandez / Wiciwen Apis-Mahwaew is an
award winning recording artist, international performer and educator who lives on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin.

Class Info
Friday, August 11
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Instruction
Noon - 1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 - 3:00 Instruction Location: TBA

Saturday, August 12
2:30 pm You’re invited to join Wade for a song at the Shawano Folk Music Festival.
Location: Mielke Park, Shawano

To Register:
To request registration materials, email Wade
Fernandez at
Fee: $160
• all instruction
• one Cedar flute tuned to the key of A minor
• one daytime pass to the Shawano Folk Music
Festival (good for Saturday OR Sunday)