The Medicine Bell is farm fresh Northern Michigan acoustic music at its finest. There's a quiet valley full of real folks settled in around the village of Rapid City -- where life is easy, but a livin' is hard. Rooted deep there in the Valley are songwriting partners Bree Saunders & Ashley Christopher, who sing together like two kids who've been playin' in the same sandbox since before they could remember. With Bree on guitar, Ash has chosen to travel this old dusty road with banjo in hand, and together they ride with The Bell's three well-versed instrumentalists. Bio-Synchronous Cloud Commander Matty Z conjures grassy jam jazz on mandolin, backed by the cleanly stated upright bass of North Country hermit-mystic Dr. Dale Owen, and the Workingman's Drums of MacKenzie Vance. It's a new blend of traditional and Americana influences that meanders from the hallowed sounds of olden times to the pointed verse of contemporary folk heroes, from the intimacy of the lone songwriter to the echoes of the Long Strange Trip. Sometimes like a warm breeze on a summer night, sometimes like a rumblin' ride down to the swimmin' hole in the back of the truck, sometimes like a big swallow from a moonshine jar, there's an organic balance of original songs, old favorites, & fresh cover choices to capture the imagination and proclaim what The Medicine Bell is about.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

August 9-12, 2018: Farmfest 2018!

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

October 20, 2018: Halloween Bash

Celebrate the change of seasons with food, music and costumes.

February 2019: Sledfest!

Lit trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Great food and pub. Music starts at 3:00 with many bands performing. Winner gets a main stage booking at Farmfest 2018. Snow Art winner gets two weekend passes. Winter camping if you dare. Bonfire to light a small city. Inner child fun!!

Late May, 2019: Planting Weekend

Each spring, the greenhouse fills up with amazing plants promising great organic food choices for us at Farmfest. Come help us plant the gardens, and earn a weekend pass to Farmfest. Bring a dish to pass, your camping gear and instruments for campfire jamming.

Late June 2019: Get ‘er Done Vounteer Work 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.

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