Folksongs of Illinois-Booth Shot Lincoln, Lombard, IL

Bucky will be presenting his folksongs of Illinois program at Lombard Historical Society.  Come out and hear folksongs about Illinois and hear commentary on how they came to this great state.

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Bucky Halker is coming to Rudolstadt, Germany

Bucky is excited to be presenting and performing at Rudolstadt music festival for the first time.  He will be participating in a conference on American Protest Music and its effects around the world.  Bucky holds a PhD. in American History with an emphasis on labor protest.  He has written a book “For Democracy, Workers and God” as well as numerous articles on the subject.  Most recently, Bucky contributed to the new anthology “Wobblies of the World” released by Pluto Press in late 2017.

Don’t Want Your Millions

Don’t Want Your Millions

Details have yet to be confirmed, but he will likely be performing and speaking.  Also included will be scholars from all over the globe as well as a special appearance by Nora Guthrie.  You won’t want to miss this event.  

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Bucky Halker in Munich, Germany

Bucky Halker will be performing for a private event in Munich, Germany.

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Bucky Halker returns to Oldenburg, Germany

Bucky will be returning to Oldenburg, Germany, while on a short tour of Germany.  Location

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and time of event to be determined.  Check back for details.

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Bucky Halker, Möllner Festival, Germany

Bucky will be traveling across the pond to present a week of lectures and concerts in Mölln, Germany.  

Don’t Want Your Millions

Don’t Want Your Millions

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Bucky Halker celebrates Studs Terkel

This just in-Bucky will be performing at the Hideout, Chicago, IL, with a cast of characters to celebrate Studs Terkel and his contributions to Chicago art, labor and culture.  Bucky will be playing some Studs Terkel favorites, including Joe Hill songs.  Come join us May 16th, 6:30-ish.  Check with the Hideout for more detail.

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Bucky Halker, Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois 1818-1960, Road Scholar event in Wyanet

Illinois has rich and diverse folk music traditions that remain underrecognized by both specialists and the general public.  From the beginning of Illinois statehood through the folk revival that swept the nation and state in the 1950s, the many people who have made Illinois their home produced a huge body of folksongs and music.  What better time than the Illinois Bicentennial to invite the citizens of our state to hear and appreciate the folk music legacy of the Land of Lincoln? This music includes historical ballads that recount the stories of a broad range of events, many of them catastrophic, from floods and tornados to murders and coal mining disasters.  Such ballads allowed community members to remember important events of their history at a time when newspapers and literacy were less common around the state.  This body of song also encompasses protest songs from mills and mines, as well as labor anthems to bolster the spirits of workers at demonstrations or union gatherings.  We might also add to this hundreds of gospel songs and fiddle tunes, legions of bluegrass and early country songs, and dance tunes from every ethnic group to settle in the Prairie State. “Booth Shot Lincoln” brings a sample of these songs to life through both performance and commentary.  Bucky Halker draws on his extensive knowledge of Illinois folk music gained from years of research and his production of the five-volume CD series, Folksongs of Illinois.  Halker has also spent twenty years curating concerts and festivals featuring folk and ethnic music from throughout the state and its many communities.

About the presenter:

Bucky Halker is director of Company of Folk, which documents, conserves, and presents folk culture of the Midwest.  An accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has produced many recordings of his own music, as well as a five-volume series entitled Folksongs of Illinois, which surveys musical traditions found throughout the state.  He is also a labor historian and the author of For Democracy, Workers, & God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest (University of Illinois Press, 1991).  As a program officer with Illinois Humanities in the 1990s, he was involved in founding the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Bucky will be serving up folksongs from Illinois in this Road Scholars Program at the Raymond A Sapp Public Library in Wyanet.  Come out and listen to some great folksongs collected by Carl Sandburg and others thenFolk Songs of Illinois #5 discover how they made their way to the Midwest. This FREE program is presented through grant funding from Illinois Humanities.

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Bucky Halker: I Need to Make a Dollar, Protest Songs of Illinois Workers 1865-1970, Tuscola, IL

No sooner had the gun barrels cooled from the Civil War than the nation’s burgeoning industrial workforce began to seek redress for a growing list of economic and political grievances.  Illinois played a central role in that development as its coal mines, railroads, and iron mills paced the nation’s economy in the post-bellum years and throughout the Gilded Age. Workers from throughout the state marched to the forefront in the reborn labor movement for economic reform and justice in America.  As they did so, labor poetry and song poured from their ranks.  Thousands of songs emanated from coal miners, textile operatives, iron molders, carpenters, bricklayers, and printers, calling for better wages, labor reform, shorter hours, improved work conditions, and greater democracy in the workplace, while celebrating the contributions of workers and labor to the state and nation.  That labor’s anthem, “Solidarity Forever,” was composed in Illinois should hardly be a surprise.  Until the deindustrialization of the 1970s, the state’s workers continued to sing for social change.

Musician-historian Bucky Halker offers a musical presentation that features labor songs and poems from the end of the Civil War to 1970 and includes commentary on the history of industry and labor with each song.

Bucky Halker is director of Company of Folk, which documents, conserves, and presents folk culture of the Midwest.  An accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has produced many recordings of his own music, as well as a five-volume series entitled Folksongs of Illinois, which surveys musical traditions found throughout the state.  He is also a labor historian and the author of For Democracy, Workers, & God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest (University of Illinois Press, 1991).  As a program officer with Illinois Humanities in the 1990s, he was involved in founding the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Bucky will be appearing May 9, 2018, 7:00 PM at the Douglas County Museum, 700 S. Main Street, Tuscola, IL, and bringing his brand of Illinois Folksongs and commentary for your listening pleasure.  This program is part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.  So, grab your hat, black those boots and come on out for some great folk tunes.

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Bucky Halker presents Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois 1818-1960, Bishop Hill, IL

Illinois has rich and diverse folk music traditions that remain underrecognized by both specialists and the general public.  From the beginning of Illinois statehood through the folk revival that swept the nation and state in the 1950s, the many people who have made Illinois their home produced a huge body of folksongs and music.  What better time than the Illinois Bicentennial to invite the citizens of our state to hear and appreciate the folk music legacy of the Land of Lincoln?

This music includes historical ballads that recount the stories of a broad range of events, many of them catastrophic, from floods and tornados to murders and coal mining disasters.  Such ballads allowed community members to remember important events of their history at a time when newspapers and literacy were less common around the state.  This body of song also encompasses protest songs from mills and mines, as well as labor anthems to bolster the spirits of workers at demonstrations or union gatherings.  We might also add to this hundreds of gospel songs and fiddle tunes, legions of bluegrass and early country songs, and dance tunes from every ethnic group to settle in the Prairie State.

“Booth Shot Lincoln” brings a sample of these songs to life through both performance and commentary.  Bucky Halker draws on his extensive knowledge of Illinois folk music gained from years of research and his production of the five-volume CD series, Folksongs of Illinois.  Halker has also spent twenty years curating concerts and festivals featuring folk and ethnic music from throughout the state and its many communities.

About the presenter:

Bucky Halker is director of Company of Folk, which documents, conserves, and presents folk culture of the Midwest.  An accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has produced many recordings of his own music, as well as a five-volume series entitled Folksongs of Illinois, which surveys musical traditions found throughout the state.  He is also a labor historian and the author of For Democracy, Workers, & God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest (University of Illinois Press, 1991).  As a program officer with Illinois Humanities in the 1990s, he was involved in founding the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

Bucky will be serving up folksongs from Illinois in this Road Scholars Program at one of his favorite venues, The Dairy Building at Bishop Hill, IL, May 5, 2017, 1:30 P.M..  Come out and walk the historic square of this hidden gem and listen to some great folksongs and discover how they made their way to the Midwest. This FREE event is presented through grant funding from the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Program.

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May Day in Chicago

Come out May 1st and celebrate the International Worker’s holiday in Chicago, IL, at the place where it all began, Haymarket Square, Chicago.  Join Bucky and some friends at the monument located on Des Plaines and Randolph, about 2:30.  Check back often for updates.  This is a FREE event open to the public.

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