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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Susan Fawcett

Jack Pine - November 10th, 2008
Susan Fawcett, 25, sits in her sparse-but-hip home in Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons. The October sun is pours in and she is surrounded by a wide variety of stringed instruments. It would take some time to count them all. There is a mandolin, fiddle, a couple of guitars, a banjo, an auto harp, a Chinese string instrument called an ehru, four-string Venezuelan quatro and a bunch of others still in their cases. Her phone rings every few minutes, but she never jumps or flinches.
She is co-owner of a music and film production company, a singer-songwriter-musician, plays several instruments and is a talented illustrator and painter. What might be more amazing, is how relaxed she is about it all.
Fox on a Hill, the music and film production company Fawcett created with Petoskey resident Patrick Schaller, is now two years old. She got the idea for the company when she was in Venezuela working as a botanical illustrator.
“When I was down there, I had a lot of time to think,” Fawcett says. “I was playing music and studying and thinking about Michigan and my involvement with the Earthwork Music Collective. I really wanted to come back and pour a lot of energy and whatever skills I have and try to apply them to this community.”

FOLK COLLECTIVE
Earthwork Music is a loosely grouped roster of young, talented Michigan folk musicians, including Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Steppin’ In It, Breathe Owl Breathe and about a dozen others. Fox on a Hill’s mission is to handle production, promotion, distribution and allow the musicians to concentrate on their creations.
“We saw there was a need,” Fawcett says. “We share a lot of the same goals. Fox on a Hill is an effort to centralize knowledge and to also create a network for sharing bookings and gigs.”
To date, Fox on a Hill has been involved with the production of 23 recordings. It’s packaging and artwork is always top-notch and eco-friendly and often features Fawcett’s designs and/or her detailed drawings.
Fox on a Hill’s biggest seller so far is Greg Brown’s “Yellow Dog,” a live recording of a benefit concert for the Yellow Dog Watershed, which is a group attempting to stop sulfide mining on the Yellow Dog River in the Upper Peninsula. Fawcett’s first experience playing music on stage was when she was 16 and busing tables at Petoskey’s City Park Grill. While the other workers would take smoke breaks, Fawcett would practice harmonica in the parking lot. Blues musician Larry Garner, who was playing at the club, heard her and was impressed and asked her to sit in. Fawcett held her own and began playing with a host of other bands while working at CPG. It was an education in how to improvise musically. “I was always playing songs I didn’t know with people I hadn’t met,” Fawcett says.

BUSY LADY
Fawcett now plays with somebody, somewhere every weekend, whether it be on the fiddle, harmonica, quatro or bowed-saw. She is a member of the Earthwork/Fox on a Hill experimental rock band Airborn or Aquatic? and will be touring Michigan with singer-songwriter Michael Beauchamp in November and December, including a stop at Short’s Brewery in Bellaire on November 21.
All of this begs the question, how does she manage to keep up with it all?
“It’s hard to say. I don’t have a lot of idle time,” Fawcett says. “I play as much music as I can, maintain relationships with people all over who are working on different things and try to stay in touch with what’s going on.”

On November 8, Fox on a Hill and Earthwork Music present “Roots on the River” at Manistee’s Historic Ramsdell Theatre. It will include Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, Bates and Foote and many more. For a complete list for this concert and all else, check out their ultra cool web site at www.foxonahill.com.

 
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