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World: Celtic Folk: Traditional Folk Moods: Type: Vocal Moods: Mood: Christmas Folk: Celtic Folk

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United States - United States United States - Indiana

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Traveler's Dream

Traveler’s Dream performs a unique blend of songs and tunes rooted in the Celtic lands, Quebec, and America. With two powerful voices and masterful performances on a variety of instruments, Michael Lewis and Denise Wilson captivate audiences with their folk songs from the British Isles and America, vibrant mix of jigs and reels, rousing sea chanteys, French-Canadian chansons, and timeless original compositions. The band’s broad appeal owes much to the duo’s impressive skills as multi-instrumentalists, the beauty of their close vocal harmonies, and their dynamic ability to engage audiences with their warmth, humor, and wit.
Michael Lewis - Vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, Quebecois-style foot-percussion
Denise Wilson - Vocals, Irish flute, tin whistle, concertina, guitar

Raised in the heart of the American Midwest, Lewis and Wilson feel a deep attachment to the landscape and history of the place they call home. They have a keen sense of their dual roles as inheritors and purveyors of traditional music – particularly the songs and tunes from France and the British Isles which comprised such a large part of the early music of the Midwest. Though they draw deeply from this rich wellspring of traditional material, the members of Traveler’s Dream are actively engaged in the contemporary folk process of creating vibrant arrangements of old songs and writing imaginative tunes and songs of their own.
The diverse backgrounds and talents of each member contribute to the duo’s distinctive sound, its ability to play music from many cultural traditions, and to the intimate and spontaneous character of its live performances.

Michael Lewis
Listeners are often captivated by Michael’s resonant, powerful voice and his innovative guitar, bouzouki, and mandolin playing. Though his technical skill is impressive, it is the art and emotion in his singing and playing that set him apart from others. Using a variety of chord voicings, delicate finger-picking, and percussive strumming techniques, Michael is a master at choosing just the right instrument and style to enhance the mood of each song. His skills as a musical composer, songwriter, and arranger give Traveler’s Dream a sound and style that are uniquely its own. With a poet’s ability to capture what is universal and enduring in human experience, Michael’s songwriting talents were recently recognized by the Indiana Arts Commission who awarded him a grant to research regional traditional music and write four original songs relating to midwestern culture and history. When not on the road performing, Lewis enjoys producing and recording the music of other regional musicians at his recording studio, Middle Earth.

Denise Wilson
Denise is a musical jack-of-all-trades whose music has been strongly influenced by her family’s Celtic roots, her love of history, and her life-long interest in French language and culture. She contributes to the textured sound of Traveler’s Dream with her exuberant voice, Irish flute and whistles, fife and the concertina. Denise’s first professional musical experience came during her college years when she sang with a French dance band while studying in Strasbourg, France. After returning to the U.S., Denise earned a solid reputation as a singer and first-rate entertainer with the band Bon Jolais. She toured with that group for the next fifteen years, solidly establishing herself as one of the region’s finest interpreters of traditional music. With a B.A. in French and a Ph.D. in American History, Denise has a broad knowledge of the culture and history surrounding the music she plays.