Sweetgrass Moon

We had a wonderful time singing, laughing, eating, and dancing at the Sweetgrass Moon Pow Wow in southwest Michigan. The annual gathering, sponsored by the Gun Lake, or Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish, Band of Pottawatomi Indians, is held each July on the grounds of the Jijak Foundation. Although it was our first time attending this pow wow, it quickly became one of our favorites due to its true community feel, generous hospitality, and beautiful pow wow arena. We hope to return again next year! Until then we have plenty of gigs to prepare for, including Hollerfest, Rendez-Vous Ste. Anne de Detroit, and an upcoming tour with Annie Humphrey. Let’s keep singing!

Sweetgrass Moon Pow Wow

Joe and Allison

Braid Yer Hair

We were honored to have been invited to perform at the Winter Solstice celebration sponsored by Detroit’s American Indian Health Center. We enjoyed the delicious traditional feast, the fellowship with our urban Indian community, and the beautiful prayers, songs, and teachings that were shared.

As we look ahead to the new year, we are grateful for the many ways in which we have been blessed in 2016. We know that we will continue to sing for the water, for the people, and for our Mother Earth. We give thanks to all of our ancestors and to all those who have gone before us. We thank you for listening and supporting us on our path.

Check out our new video shot by our friend Tim Seneca and edited by Allison. We hope you enjoy!

Joe and Allison, Spirits Rising

Boozhoo! Welcome

Welcome to our shiny new website. This is where we will post exciting things that are happening with Spirits Rising, including upcoming events, reflections, videos and pictures of our musical adventures (Miigwech/thank you to photographers Marcella Hadden and Linda Wan for contributing beautiful photos for us to use). We hope that you will join us on this journey of healing and discovery in music.

We made our debut performance as Spirits Rising in July of 2014 at Native Fest, a celebration of Indigenous culture sponsored by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Since that time we have been working steadily on developing our collaborative songwriting process and have performed together at festivals, gatherings, and venues throughout the state of Michigan and beyond.

We began recording our songs in May 2015 with engineer Brian Woodring at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor. With the help of Brian and some amazing musicians (Gayelynn McKinney, Marion Hayden, and Mark and Lesley-Anne Stone), our songs have taken on new life and we are so excited to offer them to you today. They are not yet available for purchase but you can stream them all you want for free using the music player in the upper right sidebar. The songs will eventually become part of a full length album and we will let you know when you can buy your own!

In the mean time, please enjoy and share the music with your friends. As we continue to evolve and grow as songwriters and performers, we hope to also build community. We welcome people from all nations, tribes, and races into our circle. Music is a universal language, like love, and we are so grateful to share ours with you.

Joe and Allison, Spirits Rising