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

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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McHenry County Historical Society Protest Songs With Bucky Halker

Public protests about perceived loss of freedoms and equal rights is nothing new.

In the century that came after the Civil War, Illinois businesses made great gains, and the state emerged as a central player in the nation’s economy.

However, those gains were not spread equally across the population. Many workers believed that their wages, hours and working conditions were unfair and repeatedly protested to improve their situation.

Political action, unionization, public education, strikes and rallies were their tools, but nowhere was their voice more clear and artistic than in song and poetry. Illinois became the center of American working-class protest music, as coal miners, laborers, printers, iron workers, clothing workers and their allies penned songs and poems for various causes.

Join musician, author and cultural historian Bucky Halker at 3 p.m. March 6 at the McHenry County Historical Society for “Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs, 1865-1965.”

Bucky Halker, well-known for his music-history programs on Woody Guthrie and the Great Depression, will use a blend of performance, audience participation, commentary and discussion as he reviews a century of songs from Illinois workers.

Halker has a doctorate in U.S. labor history from the University of Minnesota, is a published author and has released several CDs.

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Bucky Halker and Don Stiernberg: Two Way Street Coffeehouse, Downers Grove, IL

Bucky Halker and Don Stiernberg at Two Way Street

Bucky and Don roll into Downers Grove, Illinois on December 16, 2016 for a couple of sets of music. Showtime is 8:15.

In years past, Don and Bucky toured and performed frequently, but more recently they’ve been busy with projects and other tours, so this is their 2016 reunion gig. They’ll be playing original songs that Bucky and Don have recorded over the last 25 years, as well as a selection of Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, and other labor protest songs they’ve also featured on Bucky’s labor CD projects.

For information on Two Way Street visit: http://www.twowaystreet.org
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-969-9720

See you there!

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Folk Festival “Faves of 2015”

Folk Festival “Faves of 2015”
Lilli Kuzma WDCB Radio

Bucky Halker’s latest release Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill was included on the year end “Faves of 2015” on Lilli Kuzma’s ever-popular Folk Festival show on WDCB radio.

Bucky was included as one of the Fave Albums of 2015. What’s more two songs from the CD—Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay and Casey Jones—were also included on the list Fave Traditional or Public Domain material.

Copies of the CD are available at CDBaby.com

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In These Times: An Interview with Bucky Halker on Joe Hill

November 19, 2015
Remembering the Life and Music of Labor Agitator Joe Hill, Who Was Executed 100 Years Ago Today

Dave Cochran interviews musician Bucky Halker on the music of labor songwriter and martyr Joe Hill and his new CD Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill

To read this interview visit In These Times

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Bucky Halker Interview with Dave Cochran for Salt Lake City Weekly

September 2, 1015
Bucky Halker resurrects Joe Hill’s songs and ideas, a century after Hill’s execution
By David Cochran

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Salt Lake City Weekly

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