Meet the artists who make up the different musical ensembles we offer.
Lawrence M. Probes, M.D. is a graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts where he attended both the Camp and Academy. As a bassoonist, he earned his way through medical school playing in symphonies. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano, concertina, and pennywhistle. He has performed throughout Michigan for more than 30 years and has played in Irish traditional music “sessions” across the country. He has studied concertina with world famous Irish concertina master, Noel Hill, and is a highly accomplished player. His musical friends call him “Doc.”
Donna Lea Wilson is the founder of the Grand River Folk Arts Society. She has performed on stages across the state of Michigan in eight ensembles. She plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, bouzouki, autoharp, and bodhran. Over the course of her musical career, she has taught music lessons, written and produced radio jingles, been an impresario, and done extensive studio singing. She holds a B.A. in music and an M.B.A. She served as Director of Special Events for Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Jim Hawley has won the hearts of audiences from coast to coast and spent many years in the big time arena of popular music opening for acts such as Jimmy Buffett and Steve Miller. Following a successful career as a recording artist and national touring musician, Jim moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Traverse City, Michigan. He performs regularly as a solo artist and with various ensembles. When not playing music, he owns and operates Independence Title Services, INC.
Kelly Shugart is the daughter of Doc and Donna. Her beautiful voice won her many lead roles in her high school musicals. She performs with the Cherry Blossom Ramblers family band while not busy in her career as a High School physics teacher.
Dave Swan plays “Big Bertha” the stand-up bass with style and class. In addition to being a regular Celtic session player he also loves folk music. He is equally at home on the electric bass, especially when playing with his classic rock band “Geezer.” When not playing music, he is a dentist with Traverse Dental Associates.