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Catch up with last year's artists

We asked the 2017 Spotlight Showcase artists and ensembles what they’ve been up to (Part 1 of 2)

After working closely with the agents and artists who performed at our 2017 Spotlight Showcases, we wanted to check back in with them to see what they’re working on now. We asked the 2017 artists to share with you highlights of the past few months or plans for their year ahead. This is the first of two parts where we’ll hear from our artists, so stay tuned for the second installment.

Don’t forget: Applications are now open for the 2018 Spotlight Showcases – apply before March 1 for your chance to showcase in Indianapolis this September.

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Doolin’. Photo by Terry Gilliam.


“This April, Doolin’ is heading to North Carolina for Merlefest, plus a US tour this coming August. The tour will include Dublin Irish Festival (right outside Columbus!), Minnesota Irish Fair, and Milwaukee Irish Festival.”

A Moving Sound. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

A Moving Sound

“Happy Chinese New Year from A Moving Sound in Taiwan! It’s the year of the dog, let’s hope it means things will get a bit friendlier! Our showcase was a great experience and already brought us opportunities for touring in the US for the next two years – we will be in the U.S. in October 2018 and October 2019. Please contact Sue Bernstein (www.bernsarts.com) if you’d like to know more. Additionally, it was very enjoyable and stimulating for me to participate as a speaker on the International Programming panel. The dialogue leading up to the panel with the panelists and then the presentation during the conference was very mind-expanding and fun.”

The Quebe Sisters. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

The Quebe Sisters

“After our busiest touring year to date, The Quebe Sisters are excited to hit the road again in 2018! This year they will be touring all across the United States including our first Alaska tour in March. They are working hard toward our next project and can’t wait to share new music with their fans!”

James Judd. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

James Judd

“After performing “The Now I Know Show” in Columbus last fall, comedian and storyteller James Judd was featured at the Miami Book Fair, presenting about his book Now I Know. A tour is being planned, including a stop at Red Wing’s Sheldon Theatre in Arts Midwest’s home state of Minnesota!”

Royal Wood. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Royal Wood

“Since our performance in Columbus, we are excited to share a number of highlights for Royal Wood, including signing on with a new booking agency to represent us in the US, an upcoming theatre tour of Ohio in March, as well as a cross-Canada tour in May, including a special performance at the venerable Massey Hall in Toronto. Lastly, we have a new record, Ever After The Farewell, coming out internationally on April 6, 2018.”

Mads Tolling. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Mads Tolling

“Since showcasing with his ensemble Mads Tolling & the Mads Men, Mads Tolling has been on tour throughout the United States, Scandinavia, and Japan both as a solo artist, and with his ensembles: the Mads Tolling Quartet, and Mads Tolling & the Mads Men. He has performed alongside esteemed musicians Kenny Washington, Paula West, Larry Vuckovich, Ian Scarfe, and many more. The coming months will bring even more exquisite performances and new material as Mads prepares for another Scandinavian tour and the April 2018 premiere of a new Violin Concerto he is composing for the Pacific Chamber Orchestra.”

GroundWorks DanceTheater. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

GroundWorks DanceTheater

“In 2018, GroundWorks DanceTheater will celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary. In addition to the company’s standard year-round programs of a summer, fall, and spring performance series and education outreach programs, GroundWorks will also participate in a number of unique collaborations in and around Cleveland, Akron, and New York City. Activities include a partnership with ChamberFest Cleveland, creation of a performance piece with visual artist Indre Serpytyte, collaboration with the Akron Art Museum, and a production with Gibney Dance in New York.”

Lucas Bohn. Photo by Terry Gilliam.

Lucas Bohn

“After participating in the Arts Midwest Conference, Lucas Bohn’s ‘Lesson Plans to late Night’ was filmed as part of a clean comedy series through VidAngel and DryBar Comedy Productions. Parts of the special went viral with over 5 million views. ‘Lesson Plans to Late Night’ has also been booked by a number of PACs and theaters for the 2018 and 2019 season.”