Sweet Water Warblers

Sweet Water Warblers

45th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Saturday, January 29

Benefactor, Platinum, Gold Circle Pre-Sale: Nov 29
Member Pre-Sale: Dec 6–Dec 8
Public Sale: Dec 10


The Sweet Water Warblers are nothing less than a Michigan supergroup! A dynamic encompassing fierce, tender, and strikingly familiar is what you can expect from the ensemble of these three frontwomen and songbirds of the Earthwork Music Collective. Powerful singers and songwriters in their own bands, Rachael Davis (Shout Sister Shout, The Rachael Davis Band), Lindsay Lou (Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys) and May Erlewine (Seth & May, May Erlewine and The Moonlighters) came together at a promoter’s request for the first time as The Sweet Water Warblers in 2014 at the Hoxeyville Music Festival in northern Lower Michigan. Since then they’ve developed organic vocal harmonies, seamlessly interwoven instrumental work, and a body of compelling original songs, merging Rachael’s gospel- and soul-laced melodies, May’s Appalachian and country-leaning ballands, and the versatile country soul and bluegrass roots of Lindsay Lou. They come to the Folk Festival with their first full-length album, “The Dream That Holds This Child,” recorded during the pandemic in 2020.