Mac Wiseman on WORT

This Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 am on WORT FM’s Back to the Country, music historian Bill Malone interviews Mac Wiseman, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of the cult figures of bluegrass and known as “The Voice with a Heart,” Mac was born Malcolm B. Wiseman on May 23, 1925 in Crimora, Virginia. He studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory, started his career as a disc jockey in Harrisonburg, Virginia and later became one of a handful of musicians who helped create the genre of bluegrass music.

Please Consider Supporting the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective

sm.logoDear Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival Friends and Family,

As the year draws to a close, the success of the 2014 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is on the minds of all of the board members. We are proud that every year we continue to host such a phenomenal line-up from the traditional music scene.

To present this festival takes time, planning and funding. As you are preparing for tax season, please consider making a tax deductible donation to support the mission of the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective. Your donation will help secure the future of the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival and insure that we can continue to provide outstanding musical opportunities in the Madison area.

Send donations to FLTMC PO BOX 3299 Madison, WI 53704 or click on the Donate button on the left-hand-side of this page.

Due to a variety of scheduling factors, the 2015 festival weekend has moved… The festival will be August 14-15, 2015 so mark your calendars and tell your friends!

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday from everyone at FLTMC!
The FLTMC Board

Loves It

Founded in Austin, TX, in 2010, Loves It has already played hundreds of shows in the US, Europe, and Asia. Made up of harmony-driven songwriters Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott, the duo often switches between guitars, fiddle, and banjo, and plays with a respect for tradition and a determination to bring a modern voice to their favorite folk, country, gospel, and punk sounds.
Loves It will be playing Saturday afternoon on the main stage of the Sugar Maple Festival.

The Drunken Catfish Ramblers

The Drunken Catfish Ramblers, who will be closing this year’s festival, are, at their core, a street band. Although young in years, they have a lifetime of collective experience playing the streets of the world, the stages of the Montreal and New Orleans Jazz Fests, Merlefest, and more. They started years ago as a freight-hopping bunch of travelers swapping songs, bottles, and stories as they made their way east from California, but New Orleans was destined to play host to their signature sound. Their sets comprise a cross section of the best of American vernacular music, from delta blues to Appalachian stomps to early jazz and popular songs. They treat every song like a mint condition 78, so it’s no surprise that they sound like one, too.


Nine Random Facts


  1. The festival got its name from the sugar maple tree, the state tree of WI.
  2. Kids 17 and under get in free.
  3. There is free shuttle service Saturday afternoon for seniors from the Madison Senior Center, Attic Angel Place, and Oakwood Village University Woods.  Contact the centers for more information.
  4. The Sugar Maple Fest is participatory!  Bring your instruments and play along in the jam tent.  The jams are open to all ages and abilities.
  5. The Festival is sponsored by the Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing traditional music and dance to the greater Madison area.  Your tax-deductible donation supports the music!  See for more info.
  6. Performers this year hail from Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Cincinnati, Memphis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Austin and Nashville.
  7. Dave Landau is the only artist to play every single year of the festival. And the seven-year-olds dancing to his music year one are now in college and have to pay their own way into the festival!
  8. One FLTMC board member met her future husband at the late night campground bonfire jam.  (He proposed around the campfire the following year.)
  9. The idea for a traditional music festival in Madison originated in 2003 at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI