Group members Michael Sullivan, Lisa Johansson, Ingemar Johansson, and Rick Jones first joined together as Song of the Lakes in 1983 at the opening of the Northwest Michigan Maritime Museum in Frankfort, Michigan. Since then, the band has played a multitude of venues from festivals, civic events, clubs, and schools. Although our sound is often described as an original 'new folk' music with a maritime flair, we incorporate a range of genres including Celtic, Scandinavian, acoustic rock and Great Lakes World Music. All of the instruments are acoustic and include guitars, mandolins, flutes, piccolo, bouzouki, Swedish nyckelharpa (key fiddle), concertina,harmonica, bodhran, and a number of eclectic percussion instruments, some of which are constructed by Rick. They all sing as well. The band has over the years played shared venues with many prominent artist and has appeared on TV, radio, in movies, and theatre plays on numerous occasions.