Michigan has, for some time now, been a deep resource for songwriters and roots musicians. Two favorites, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, well-known to audiences as single acts, have been performing and recording together for over 10 years. Before they teamed up, they each paid their dues traveling across the land playing their music and sharing stories with everyone they met. Now, they are a fixture of the Michigan music scene and in constant demand playing festivals, theaters and venerable folk institutions all over the country.
These prolific musicians have recorded over 17 albums together, seasoning their songs along the way. Seth and May draw from a deep well of American folk, rock, country, blues and soul music. May Erlewine plays guitar and violin and is a songbird reminiscent of Patsy Cline and Patty Griffin. Her songs have been recorded by artists across the country and sung in schools, places of worship and on every kind of stage. Samuel Seth Bernard has drawn comparisons to Woody Guthrie and Neil Young as a shape shifting folk rocker, community organizer and communicator of ideas. They harmonize their voices and instruments beautifully, believing music can bring people together and proving so at every performance. Like all the best folk musicians, they have the ability to get everyone's attention and still a room. With their band, they can captivate and electrify an audience and ignite a dance floor.
Seth and May's common belief in music to strengthen communities and to be a part of positive change has lead to collaborations with numerous schools, farms and non-profit organizations. They partnered with best selling author and famed environmentalist Bill McKibben and contributed songs to the 350 movement for Climate Change Action. They have also fostered the creation of the Water Festival, a series of events in the Great Lakes region dedicated to music and education about preserving water quality and universal access.
Seth and May are members of the Earthwork Music collective, a group of independent artists who share resources and talents to raise both community and self-awareness, along with facilitating and encouraging original music in the state of Michigan. Earthwork was founded by Samuel Seth Bernard, as a means to form a viable alternative path to the conventional music industry. Through collaboration, the collective strives to incorporate efforts of environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building into the core functioning of a musical profession.