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Music for the season with Ingemar and Lisa Johansson of Song of the Lakes

Ingemar Johansson plays a guitar and sings, Lisa Johansson holds a flute and sings
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Ingemar and Lisa Johansson of Song of the Lakes perform in IPR's Studio A

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.

Lisa Johansson plays the flute and Ingmar Johansson plays the guitar and sings
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Lisa and Ingemar Johansson of Song of the Lakes perform in IPR's Studio A

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.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.