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Friends of the Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools was formed by a group of community members who wish to promote the arts in schools. They support and promote existing arts programs and are always looking for ways to help students develop relationships with the arts and artists in their community. One way they had done this previously was by putting on concerts in the fantastic auditorium at Suttons Bay High School in the early 2000s. After a few years’ hiatus, the concert series is coming back in 2018!
In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft. Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music. Audiences and critics agree: seven “Jammie” awards from influential radio station WYCE in ’11, ’12 and ’17; winner of Best Folk/Country song from international competition ArtPrize for “Easier” in ’12; and selection as one of ten “Entries We Loved” from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest for “High Horse” in ’17.
All proceeds benefit the Fine Arts Programs at Suttons Bay Public Schools.