Folk Music Club celebrates music and tradition – Grand Valley Lanthorn


Folk Music Club is a student organization at Grand Valley State University that aims to bring students together to learn, play, and enjoy folk music.

This club focuses on learning and performing Appalachian, Irish and Scottish folk music. Additionally, members participate in performance opportunities such as nearby music festivals and weekly get-togethers, held on Wednesdays, where members work to learn new music together.

Liesl Mom founded the Folk Music Club last year with her brother and is now president of the organization. Mom said she wanted to create a space to enjoy folk music and bring people of all skill levels together to listen to it and learn more.

It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while because we knew GV had a folk music club, but it didn’t exist when I became a student here,” Mom said. “We are passionate about folk music because it has brought us so much joy and so many friends, and we want others to be able to experience it too.”

Mom said the Folk Music Club gave her the opportunity to make lots of memories and fun new experiences.

“Last year the Folk Music Club performed at the Plainsong Farm Harvest Party,” mum said. “It was fun to take the club out of campus and share our music with the community.”

Folk Music Club is different from other music clubs on campus because it is solely dedicated to enjoying and learning folk music from around the world.

In addition, the Folk Music Club plans to organize theme nights for its meetings throughout the year and bring new items at club meetings.

“I wish I had at least one guest speaker or performer to present on one type of folk music, play more than we did last year, and explore several other folk music genres,” Mom said.

Mom said one of the goals of the Folk Music Club is to create experiences that will allow students to broaden their horizons about what music is and what music looks like in the world. The club plans to hold an “Irish night” on September 14 and a “German night” on September 21. She said they plan to dedicate a week or two to Brazilian music.

“It’s not just a campus activity, but something that can continue to be explored after you leave college and throughout life,” Mom said. “This club provides a home base for people, providing a community here and providing a base of songs and experiences that can open doors in the future.”

Mum said she was delighted to share the club with others and watch it grow and if people want to get involved in the club they can come to the weekly meetings, festivals or events with the club.

For more information, students can visit the Folk Music Club’s Instagram @folkmusicclub_gv.

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