The Father of Florida Folk, Will McLean, penned hundreds of songs about Florida. McLean, who was the first folk artist inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame loved to watch sandhill cranes. In Florida there are migratory sandhill cranes and cranes that stay in the state all year long. Below is a video produced by Donna Green-Townsend of migratory cranes incorporating one of Will McLean’s most popular songs, “Courtship Dance of the Florida Sandhill Crane.”  Accompanying Will McLean are Kayt Kennedy on bowed psaltry and David Beede on hammered dulcimer.  The music was recorded at McLean’s concert in November, 1985 at the Thomas Center in Gainesville, FL, just five years before his death.

Archival video from the January 24th, 1990 Memorial Service for Will McLean

The Will McLean Music Festival Presents  "A Tribute to Margaret Longhill"


Will with Cousin Thelma Boltin and Gamble Rogers while they were in
Cross Creek in the spring of 1988 at the 50th anniversary of "The Yearling" Festival.



Will McLean singing Hold Back The Waters
late 70s or early 80s

Will McLean and Lais performing Lament

Will singing Florida Sand with dance interpretation by Lais

Don Grooms, Tim DeMass and
Will McLean performing Vitachuko