Music for the season with Ingemar and Lisa Johansson of Song of the Lakes
Ingemar and Lisa Johansson of Song of the Lakes visited IPR's Studio A to perform music for Christmas and the solstice.
The musicians of Song of the Lakes have been performing together for 40 years.
Things are a little different now than they were when the group first got together.
Once a quartet, the band is now a trio, following the death of member Rick Jones in 2020.
"Rick was a character that can't be replaced," Ingemar Johansson said. "So we have decided to just stay as a trio and once in a while have some guest musicians with us instead."
They're keeping a number of traditions going, like playing Wednesdays in July and August aboard Tall Ship Manitou.
The band is also planning a 2023 tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Song of the Lakes will be featured at this year's Winter Solstice Celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse.
Lisa and Ingemar Johansson visited IPR's Studio A to preview some of the music that will be performed during the celebration.
Lisa Johansson said that attendees can expect a solstice ceremony, a traditional Bromley horn dance, candlelight and, yes, magic.
"I'm just going to put it out there," she said. "With candlelight and and people in a circle and that kind of feeling that comes with this time of year, I think it'll be really special."
The Solstice celebration starts Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
Music performed in Studio A (all music composed and arranged by Song of the Lakes)
Thousand Lights/Across the Universe
John Tate (medley)
Soul Cake/God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Stefan Wiebe engineered this edition of Studio A.
Kacie Brown is IPR's digital content manager.