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Bucky Halker, Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois 1818-1960, Road Scholar event in Wyanet
May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDTFree
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 then discover how they made their way to the Midwest. This FREE program is presented through grant funding from Illinois Humanities.