Peter Madcat Ruth has a brand new (2021) project:

Introducing the C.A.R.Ma. Quartet

  • C. for John Churchville - (tabla and drum set)
  • A. for Brennan Andes - (bass)
  • R. for Dan Ripke - (guitar and vocal)
  • Ma. for Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, ukulele, jaw harp, and vocals)

This quartet plays Eclectic Traditional and Improvisational Music.

All four members of this new band are veteran musicians of the Michigan music scene.

Grammy Award winning Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk, jazz, country, rock and roll, and world music. Performance Magazine refers to him as "A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status."

John Churchville is a Grammy Award winning tabla player now living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. John got his start in music at a very early age on the shores of Lake Superior in the town of Marquette Michigan where he forged a love of performing, recording, and teaching music. From there he moved out to California to attend the esteemed California Institute of the Arts where he earned a degree in World Music Performance and began a decades long journey with the Indian tabla drums. Moving to Ann Arbor in 2006, John forged a unique path in both the music scene and in music education. At the same time, John was also recording, performing and developing his unique style of tabla drumming with the award winning Indian fusion group, Sumkali.

Brennan Andes, a founding member of the Macpodz, has been playing bass in Michigan for many years. He has also tours internationally with Luke Winslow King.

Dan Ripke, the proprietor of Ripke Studio in Brighton, Michigan, has been playing and teaching music in Michigan for decades. In recent years he has played with: Perplex - Jazzy Folk; Back Forty - Rock/Bluegrass; and Sumkali - Eastern Indian influenced improvisational music



Upcoming Events:

June 25-26: Get er Done Weekend

Preparing the farm for Farmfest is always a very rewarding experience. This is the time we can get creative. What is it that you would like to see added to the land? Let us know and help manifest it.

Of course there are the usual annual items that need to be done: Cow barrels, butt cans, prepping the stages and clearing the trails. Weed whacking and mowing. Organizing the kitchen. Etc etc etc.

Bring camping gear, food to share, instruments and a festive heart. It’s a great time to Git ‘er Done and together it is easy to do just that! AND of course you receive your Farmfest weekend pass before you go home. Main stage music Saturday night with the Pondhoppers.


August 12-15, 2021: Farmfest 2021!

Come enjoy a weekend of fun, family and music. Bring a camper, or a tent, or sleep under the stars!

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