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Jeff Daniels

The Ark is very proud to present Jeff Daniels as the MC for both nights of the 2021 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. Much of the world knows Jeff as a comic actor, but we at The Ark were among the first to catch on to a whole new side of his talents. "In Hollywood," Jeff says, "the joke is if you ask any actor what he really wants to do, he'll say, 'Direct.' Not me. I wanted to write. So I did. With a guitar in my hands." Since 2000, Jeff has been appearing at many of the country's leading folk venues, including The Birchmere, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, City Winery in New York and Nashville, and Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music—not to mention appearing twice at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. He has shared stages with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, Cheryl Wheeler, Guy Clark, Christine Lavin, Keb' Mo', and Bruce Hornsby. Jeff served as honorary chair of The Ark's 50th anniversary celebration. And best of all, he comes to the Folk Festival with a new album, the coronavirus-era reflection "Alive and Well Enough." When it comes to Jeff Daniels, it didn't take Ark audiences long to fall in love, and with the 2021 Folk Festival, that relationship will take a new and satisfying turn.