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Music for Women’s History Month
We here at MTAP have put together a playlist for Women’s History Month of awesome Michigan-based women making music. Women musicians’ contributions to the development of musical styles, genres, techniques and their vast bodies of work are innumerable and to this day often overlooked. Most of the artists included here are affiliated in some way with the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, but some were too influential to leave out. This is in no way an exhaustive list, so please post your favorites and recommendations in the comments section!
Blues woman, 2010 Michigan Heritage Award recipient
The Meditation Singers
Sarah Ogan Gunning
Appalachian ballad singer and songwriter, labor activist
Bluegrass musician, 1996 Michigan Heritage Award recipient
Ellen J. Stekert
Folklorist and folksinger
Stekert wrote an article, "Autobiography of a Woman Folklorist", in which she discusses her experience as a woman in academia. It appears in The Journal of American Folklore Vol. 100, No. 398, Folklore and Feminism (Oct.-Dec. 1987).
Fiddler, 2014 Great Lakes Folk Festival Performer
Miiskwaasining Nagamojig (Swamp Singers)
Native American women's hand drum group
Also listen to their "Strong Women's Song". Read about their work protecting language, culture, and community here.
Jazz musician and composer
Queen of Soul