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by dasspunk on Apr 10th, 2014

This year’s String Gathering was another fabulous time. Folks from all over the Midwest converged in Baraboo, WI, for a couple days of music and fun.

For those folks who missed it, or if you’re just curious, here’s what it’s like to walk the halls…

by ramerama on Apr 4th, 2014

The line-up for this year’s fest is taking shape.  Have any of your favorite bands announced that they are coming?

by ramerama on Feb 8th, 2014

The Bob Stanton Fund is dedicated to supporting music education and inspiration in remembrance of our friend, musician and teacher Bob Stanton.  Bob offered his skills teaching bass and the circle of fifths to many young musicians.    His valued opinion, support and presence at many multi-genre musical events will be missed.

In his spirit we start this fund through the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (501.c.3 non-profit) to support music education.  Donations will be used to fund the teachings at the Sugar Maple Festival and other learning opportunities.

Thank you for your support of this tax-deductable cause.

To donate to this fund make checks payable to FLTMC with a memo for the Bob Stanton Fund or on the Sugar Maple Festival website click the Donate button and add a note “Bob Stanton Fund”.

Checks to:
PO box 3299
Madison, WI 53704



Circle of 5ths

by dasspunk on Jan 28th, 2014

SSG-poster14The Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective is proud to sponsor and take part in, The 2nd Annual Spring String Gathering!

Hosted at the Clarion Convention Center in Baraboo, WI, The fest will feature impromptu jamming, showcases and workshops, and will coincide with an evening concert at the historic Al Ringling Theater.

The String Gathering is an indoor, Bluegrass and Old-time music jam-festival, in Baraboo, WI. The fest provides an opportunity for Bluegrass and Old-Time musicians all across Wisconsin, it’s bordering states and beyond, to come together and celebrate their common love of music, and shake off the long Midwestern winter.

For 2014, the host bands are Art Stevenson & High Water (bluegrass) and White Mule (old-time). Both bands will be leading workshops at the hotel, as well as jamming throughout the night. They will also be performing a special concert Saturday night at the Al Ringling Theater, in downtown Baraboo.

New in 2014, the Gathering doubles down! They’ve added a day to the fest… twice the jams; twice the fun. And there will be an old-time contra dance Friday night, featuring host band, White Mule (and very likely Chirps Smith), with caller Dot Kent. All are welcome at the dance; you don’t need a partner or experience. Just show up ready to have fun.

For more information, see their website at www.stringgathering.org

by ramerama on Dec 1st, 2013

Dear Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival Friends and Family,

As 2013 comes to an end, we here at the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (FLTMC) want to thank all of you for your support this past decade.  Because without you, we wouldn’t exist.  It is through your support – financial and volunteer based – that we are able to produce the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival.  It is your enthusiasm and artistic spirits that drive our organization every year.

In order to offer audience members like you quality programming and continue to make the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival a place where the convergence of people, cultures, and ideas contribute to the future, we need your continued help and support. As we approach the year 2014, we ask you to please consider making a year-end gift to the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective. Your contribution – of any amount – will help us continue into our 11th year of operations.

We are a 100% volunteer driven non-profit, and we could use your help to continue our mission.  If you could consider making a year end festival donation (tax deductible) it would greatly help us ensure we can bring more diverse, lesser known traditional music acts to Madison in 2014.  Many of you work for companies that have donation matching, and that would benefit us even more! Please consider taking advantage of these incentives to help FLTMC continue and grow.

Please visit http://sugarmaplefest.org/ and click on the Donate button in the left column to help us continue our mission of bringing diverse arts to the greater Madison community!


by ramerama on Aug 5th, 2013

Howdy Sugar Maple Festival Friends,

Wow… Year 10 has come and gone and every year just keeps getting better!  We are thrilled to bring such a variety of stellar performers to the Sugar Maple stage each year and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.  Tell your friends, tell your neighbors and mark your calendars for the 11th annual Sugar Maple fest, AUG 1-2, 2014!

From the months of planning to the final clean-up, a whole lot of volunteer hours go into bringing this fine festival to Madison each year.  Our sincerest THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your support!

The Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective (FLTMC) is the non-profit group who puts on the Sugar Maple fest.  We’ll take August off and then jump right in to start planning for 2014.  Interested in getting involved?  Have comments or suggestions?   Drop us a line at fourlakesmusic@gmail.com.  We’d love to hear your ideas!

by dasspunk on Aug 3rd, 2013

2013 Sugar Maple Fest Schedule

Here is the current lineup for the 2013 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, August 2nd & 3rd. Dates and times for artists are subject to change so please check back from time to time. Buy your tickets in advance and save enough for your first beer!

Main Stage

Friday – August 2nd

5:00 pm Chas Coberly
5:45 pm Al Scorch & The Country Soul Ensemble
7:15 pm The Steel Wheels
8:45 pm Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (Old Time Dance)

Emcee: Jim Carrier

Saturday – August 3rd

Noon Al Scorch & The Country Soul Ensemble
1:30 pm Kevin Prater Band
3:00 pm Don Stiernberg Trio
5:00 pm Freakwater
7:00 pm Martha Redbone Roots Project
9:00 pm The Revelers (Cajun Dance)

Emcee: Jim Carrier

Roots & Reasons Stage

Roots & Reasons


6:00 pm Dave Landau (music for kids)
7:15 pm Kiki’s House of Righteous Music presents Dietrich Gosser


10:30 am Bloody mary jam with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
12:30 pm Chris Wagoner Honky Tonkin’ fiddle workshop
2:00 pm Martha Redbone Roots Project workshop
3:45 pm Dave Landau (music for kids)
4:30 pm Don Stiernberg Trio swing workshop
6:00 pm Kevin Prater Bluegrass Band Workshop
7:00 pm Cajun Dance Class with Karen Holden
8:15 pm Madison Singer/Songwriters Stage with Rich Baumann, John Dugglebyand Tracy Jane Comer

Jam Tent


1:00 pm Old Time Jam
3:00 pm Bluegrass Jam with the Kevin Prater Band
5:00 pm Cajun Jam with the Revelers

See our Media Page for more information on this year’s artists. Schedule is subject to change; please check back on this page for the latest updates. Take a look back at our 2012 lineup…

by ramerama on Jul 29th, 2013


6:00 PM Dave Landau (music for kids)
7:15 PM Kiki’s House of Righteous Music  presents Dietrich Gosser


10:30 AM Bloody mary jam with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
12:30 PM Chris Wagoner Honky Tonkin’ fiddle workshop
2:00 PM Martha Redbone Roots Project workshop
3:45 PM Dave Landau (music for kids)
4:30 PM Don Stiernberg Trio swing workshop
6:00 PM Kevin Prater Bluegrass Band Workshop
7:00 PM Cajun Dance Class with Karen Holden
8:15 PM Madison Singer/Songwriters Stage with Rich Baumann, John Dugglebyand Tracy Jane Comer