EARLY WARNING-Voice of Labor Protest

Bucky will be appearing at the Des Plaines Historical Center playing labor protest songs from Joe Hill to Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen and maybe a few original tunes.   Still in the planning stages, so please check back for more detail.

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Bucky Halker brings Joe Hill to Bishop Hill, IL

Bucky Halker is excited to announce he will be playing for the opening of the Joe Hill Exhibit at Bishop Hill on June 3rd.  In 2015, Bucky recorded a CD of Joe Hill tunes, many never before recorded, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the assassination of Joe Hill by the Utah authorities.  CDs will be available for purchase at the gig, or you may order them through this website or www.cdbaby.com  Time for this FREE event is TBA, so be sure to check back to this site for details.

Anywhere But Utah – The Songs of Joe Hill 

  

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Bucky Halker – Appearing at book launch party for Maud Macrory Powell’s “City of Grit and Gold”

Bucky is pleased to support and be appearing at the book launch event for the children’s novel City of Grit and Gold, a fictional account of a young immigrant girl’s perspective on the Haymarket event of 1886 in Chicago.  The event is free and open to the public at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, IL, 1-4:00 pm.  There will be readings from the book with author Maud Macrory Powell and Bucky will be playing a few labor tunes from the era.  There will also be a tour of the Haymarket Monument at nearby Forest Home Cemetery.

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Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs, 1865 to 1965 comes to Macomb

Long before Bruce Springsteen took on the working class struggle, Illinois workers championed their movement in song.  The eight-hour day, higher wages, safer working conditions and union contracts all became subjects for worker bards.  Join Bucky Halker May 5 2017, at the Western Illinois Museum, Macomb, Illinois, bringing his brand of Illinois labor song and commentary to West Central Illinois.  This event is underwritten by Company of Folk through a grant from the Marion the Librarian Speakers Bureau.  The concert is free to the public with a suggested donation to the Museum of $5.  CDs will be available for purchase.

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It’s an early May Day with Bucky Halker In Marion!

Hello Southern Illinois.  Let’s celebrate May Day in style.  Chicago labor troubadour Bucky Halker will perform a free concert at 6:00 Saturday evening, April 29, at the Laborer’s Local 773 Hall, 5102 Ed Smith Way, in Marion (across from the airport). Halker has released several albums of labor songs, including “Don’t Want Your Millions” and “Welcome to Labor Land” as well as tribute albums to Woody Guthrie, labor songwriter Joe Hill, and an album of Illinois songs related to death and disaster. He has also collected and produced the multi-volume CD set “Folksongs of Illinois,” featuring a wide range of artists in various ethnic musical genres. For more information, contact David Cochran at 618-942-4866 or Judy Simpson at 618-998-1773.

Sing-alongs provided and CDs will be available.  This event is free to the public.  Bring friends.

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Bucky Halker Appearing at Santori Library of Aurora

Bucky brings his show “Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs 1865-1965” to the Santori Library, located at 101 South River Street, Aurora, IL. Music and historical commentary and probably a few sing-a-longs. This event is free and open to the public. Come on out. CDs will be available for purchase at the gig.

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Bucky Halker brings “Rebel Voices” to the Town and Country Public Library, Elburn, IL

Bucky brings his show “Rebel Voices:  Protest Songs of Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen” to the Town and Country Public Library, located at 320 East North Street, Elburn,  IL.  Music and historical commentary and probably a few sing-a-longs.  This event is free and open to the public.  Come on out.  CDs will be available for purchase at the gig.

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Bucky Halker appearing at 420 fundraising event!

Bucky Halker is pleased to support the Four20 fundraising event for medical marijuana and will be playing some tunes at the event on April 20, 2017 at the Strawdog Theatre.  Cover is only $2 so please come out and support this worthy cause and listen to some great live and local musicians!

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POSTPONED—-Bucky Halker – “Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs 1854-1965” at Crete Public Library

POSTPONED To Later Undetermined Date-

Bucky brings his show “Ain/t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs 1865-1965” to the Santori Library, located at 1177 Main Street, Crete, IL. Music and historical commentary and probably a few sing-a-longs. This event is free and open to the public. Come on out. CDs will be available for purchase at the gig.

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REVIEW: Bucky Halker & Andy Dee – The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (The Shepherd/July 10, 2012)

Political activist, musician and music scholar Bucky Halker is a Wisconsin native back now in Racine. Working with another Badger musician, Andy Dee (formerly of the country band Molly & the Heymakers), Halker recorded a two-disc set in a marathon session—a collection of original songs inspired by Woody Guthrie with a few of Guthrie’s sprinkled in.

To his credit, Halker isn’t trying to mimic the father of American political balladeering but writes and sings in his own voice, influenced as much by the currents taken by rock music as any ancient concept of folk music. Many of Halker’s lyrics express dismay over the bad ideologies rampant in contemporary society and of ideals betrayed; others draw from the imagery of gospel music to arouse a response against injustice.

Dave Luhrssen
The Shepherd (Milwaukee) July 10, 2012

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