Bucky Halker Germany Tour 2020

Bucky Halker – – Germany 2020

Bucky Halker will be teaching and serving as artist-in-residence at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany in the spring of 2020.    

 

He’ll be doing concerts on American folk and protest music and teaching a course on the history of protest music in America.  Bucky will be spending time between Oldenburg and Osnabrück,  as the course will be divided between campuses in both cities.  

More details later!  

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CHICAGO KIDS PLAY & SING HOAGY

Chicago Kids Play & Sing Hoagy: CD/Book Release March 1, 2020!

 

At last, the long awaited book/CD project is out!  It features Chicago kids ages 4-70 playing and singing Hoagy Carmichael kid songs, plus a host of great Chicago adult musicians as well.  

 

We’ll celebrate on March 1, 3-5 pm at the Hideout in Chicago.  Be there!  Join the party!

 

Buy a copy of the book/CD at CDBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/buckyhalker5

 

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Bucky Halker & Tom Jackson: WLUW Radio 88.7 Live

Bucky Halker appears on Tom Jackson’s show on WLUW Radio on February 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Bucky joins host Tom Jackson to talk about Bucky’s new book/CD project, Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy.

Tune in WLUW at 88.7 FM or stream live at https://wluw.org Don’t forget, the book/CD release event takes place on March 1 at 3 pm at Chicago’s legendary Hideout. Listen to Bucky on WLUW and join the party on March 1!

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Live from the Heartland: Bucky Halker on WLUW Radio

Bucky Halker appears on “Live from the Heartland” on WLUW Radio on February 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Bucky joins hosts Michael James, Katie Hogan, and Thom Clark to talk about his new book/CD project, Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy.  Tune in WLUW at 88.7 FM or stream live at https://wluw.org

 

Don’t forget, the book/CD release event takes place on March 1 at 3 pm at Chicago’s legendary Hideout.  Listen to Bucky on WLUW and join the party at the Hideout.   

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Goin’ Down The Road: Folksongs of Illinois

Bucky returns to the LaSalle Public Library in LaSalle, Illinois to perform a special concert “Folksongs of Illinois.”     

 

The concert is funded through Illinois Humanities as part of its Road Scholar program.   

 

Admission is free!  

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Bucky Halker With Rick Kogan: WGN Radio

Chicago radio host and writer Rick Kogan talks to Bucky about his Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy on WGN Radio, Sunday February 23 from 10:30-11:00.

Join Bucky and Rick for a lively conversation and learn more about Bucky’s latest illustrated book and CD project featuring the kid songs of Hoagy Carmichael.

Tune in to WGN Radio at 790 AM on your dial! In fact, tune in early and catch all of Rick Kogan’s show. He’s always interesting and informative, and he’s true-blue Chicago!

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Bucky Halker & The Hoagy Project: WNUR Radio

Bucky joins host Kathy Kelly on WNUR Radio (Northwestern University) to talk about his new book/CD project:  Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy.   

 

February 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Listen live at https://wnur.org

 

 

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Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy: New Book/CD from Bucky Halker

Legendary songwriter Hoagy Carmichael penned a series of children’s songs back in the 1950s, though most were never recorded.   The best are here — in a book of lyrics, original illustrations and a CD — with Chicago kids singing all the vocals and doing many instrumental parts, with support from a host of legendary musicians from the city’s jazz, folk, rock, country, and world music scenes.    

The CD won’t be officially released until March 202, but you can purchase advance copies and hear samples at CDBaby:  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/buckyhalker5

 

Here’s the Complete Story on the Book/CD

In the 1950s, legendary songwriter Hoagy Carmichael penned a series of children’s songs that were published as an illustrated songbook. Carmichael later recorded some of these songs on an album, but for the most part the material was largely forgotten. Nevertheless, many are quite interesting and don’t fit the usual template for children’s music. One day I got the notion to record a selection of them and quickly determined that I wanted to use both children and adults for the project. Having spent many years roaming the Chicago music scene, I felt the project would be a perfect way to highlight the musical talents of children, to involve them in a collaborative effort with professional adult musicians in a recording studio, and to include a range of Chicago’s stylistic and musical traditions. In keeping with the original songbook, I decided to put the lyrics into an accompanying book with new original illustrations by Mark Anderson. Here are Hoagy’s children, ages 0 to 75, performing fifteen of his songs.

The project features a host of Chicago’s most celebrated musicians, including Andy Brown (jazz guitarist), Don Stiernberg (mandolin), Eric Schneider (sax), Dan DeLorenzo (upright bass), Gerald Dowd (drums), Carlos Mejia (Guatemalan marimba), Steve Gibons (violin), Art Davis (trumpet), Brian Wilke (pedal steel guitar), and Russ Phillips (trombone), just to name a few. The album highlights a variety of musical styles from Chicago, including Japanese Taiko drumming by Tsukasa Taiko, Guatemalan marimba, Jazz, Country, Rock and Folk. The children of Chicago supplied all the vocals on the project as well as some instrumentation. We had great fun with the project and we hope you will too!

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Bucky Halker at Union Hall of Honor

Attend the Illinois Labor History Society’s annual Union Hall of Honor and celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary.   The event will be held at Teamsters 705 union hall in Chicago on the city’s famed “union row.”  

Music and cocktails start at 5 pm and the banquet and ceremonies for inducting new Union Hall of Honor honorees begins at 6 pm.  

Join Bucky and the ILHS in an event that pay honors to Chicago important labor history and the efforts of workers to make America a more just and equitable country, not just a country dominated by billionare welfare recipients like Donald Trump or Bill Gates.  

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Folk and Labor Songs of Illinois: The Grafton Pub Chicago

Bucky Halker performs November 12, 2019 at the Grafton Pub in Chicago as part of  Paul Tyler’s regular music series.   Tyler, a folklorist and an instructor at the Old Town School, invited Bucky to perform folk and labor songs from Illinois.   Start time is around 9:30.  

Stop by the Grafton Pub and have a drink or some food.  They have a great selection of tap beers and the food is first rate too.   

The Grafton Pub is conveniently located in Lincoln Square, a few doors down from the Old Town School.   The address is 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue.  

Hope to see you there!   

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