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Poets Say

by Song of the Lakes

Although the sound is often described as an original "new folk" music with a maritime flair, the band incorporate a range of genres including Celtic, Scandinavian, acoustic rock and Great Lakes World Music.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. White Bird
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2. Butterfly/A Jug of Brown Ale
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3. Old Testament Sky
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4. Haggis
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5. Bossman Joe
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6. Poets Say
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7. Amberetta
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8. Montreux
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9. Castle Kelly/Coleraine
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10. Matty Groves
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Group members Michael Sullivan, Lisa Johansson, Ingemar Johansson, and Rick Jones first joined together as Song of the Lakes in 1983 at the opening of the Northwest Michigan Maritime Museum in Frankfort, Michigan. Since then, the band has played a multitude of venues from festivals, civic events, clubs, and schools.

Although our sound is often described as an original "new folk" music with a maritime flair, we incorporate a range of genres including Celtic, Scandinavian, acoustic rock and Great Lakes World Music.

All of the instruments are acoustic and include guitars, mandolins, flutes, piccolo, bouzouki, swedish nyckelharpa (key fiddle), concertina,harmonica, bodhran, and a number of eclectic percussion instruments, some of which are constructed by Rick. They all sing as well.

The band has over the years played shared venues with many prominent artist and has appeared on TV, radio, in movies, and theatre plays on numerous occasions.

The fifth release from Song of the Lakes, Poets Say, is a testimony of the versatility of the band. Traditional sounds of the Celtic Isles and Scandinavia keeps the band rooted in its own tradition. New sounds in new original songs takes the band into previously un-chartered territories resulting a mix of ballads, jigs, reels, chain gang song, almost country, and south American rhythms. With this project the band continues its quest to spread joy to its audience. This recording, with the band's creative song writing, musical arrangements, and strong delivery as cornerstones has brought the band to new heights. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Frontier Recordings in our home county it is a high quality product that does not compromise technical expectations of this day and age.



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Lindy Dickerson

I saw them live and was changed.
This band gave me back a grasp of what music can do for ones sole. I walked into a club in Bellaire Michigan and my spirit was so lifted that it triggered something deep about what great music can do and where it can take you. I bought POETS SAY and brought it back to LosAngeles where it lives permantly in my trucks CD player, I love it. I will be buy HORNDANCE when done with this writing.

Bruce Douglass

This album is incredible---original, varied---and totally enchanting
Hey, I've been listening to the new CD and am very impressed with the range of musical styles and the originality of so many of the songs. Favorites so far are Poets Say, featuring a lovely flute descant "trippling" and some cool lyrics, wrapped around a melody that one wants to sing along with, over and over. Amberetta is a joy. Montreux could only be described as silky and sensual, moist....and somewhere in Europe. Castle Kelly/Coleraine lilts along ever so Celtically until it erupts into the passionate urgency that brings to mind ancient rituals of sacrifice on smoky, dark ledges on dank nights somewhere in the Isles. Bossman Joe, of course, bites down hard and makes one cheer for the truth-telling that liberates.....while somehow hinting at revenge. Yeah, whips are good. Song of the Lakes has reached new heights with Poets Say. Bravo! See you at the Opera House.