A MAMA's tradition continues
with our Annual Holiday Show featuring Joel Mabus! Joel is the son of a 1930's old time fiddle champ and a banjo-pickin' farm girl. He has performed in concert with
such folk music stars as John Prine, Joan Baez and Tom Paxton. A mainstay on the folk circuit these past 30 years, Joel
has been featured at the top folk clubs and festivals, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Festival.
Joel has recorded 20 solo albums of original and traditional music since his recording career started in 1978, including
2 holiday albums. The first, How Like the Holly from 1999, is an eclectic collection, highlighting some lesser-known
carols, ancient melodies and a few of his own original songs. A Parlor Guitar Christmas from 2012 features some of Joel's
Yule-tide favorites -- the result of a lifetime of Christmas Eves spent playing guitar -- that evoke the tranquility he personally
seeks in the season and wishes to pass on to his audiences.
"It's just Mabus and his
guitar with no overdubs or trickery. And the sound is clean and crisp. I've been playing this over breakfast or when I've
had a busy day. It puts you in the holiday spirit..." Steve Ramm, Anything Phonographic
Karisa Wilson will open the show. An accomplished vocalist and guitarist, Karisa (Ka-REE-sa) started her musical journey as a classical
violinist. In high school she found her voice and, after college, she picked up a guitar. She now writes and
performs a blend of indie pop, jazz and blues. Her debut album "Little Girl" won the WYCE's Album of the Year Jammie,
one of Michigan's most prestigious indie music awards.