Listen to live blues, roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of Urbana’s oldest park. This sunset event, brought to you by the Urbana Park District, the C-U Folk and Roots Festival, and the Urbana Parks Foundation will have a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the walks of Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be along the park road, close to the North Woods Pavilion. Musicians will move to the Anita Purves Nature Center at 1505 N. Broadway in case of severe weather. Check the UPD Facebook page or call the Park District Sports & Event Hotline for postponement information: 217-367-9575.
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
Drops of Green are a band of four young Irish men hailing from Laois, Kilkenny and Waterford. Formed in early 2015, they are quickly building a fan base both home and abroad. Combining a vast of instrumentation with blissful four part harmonies, they cover all of your favourite Irish melodies within the shows set list. Bringing their own unique and modern style to all of these classic Irish ballads , along with a wealth of tradition , storytelling and passion , their show is a must see for Irish music fans young and old alike.
Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. In the US he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, in Ireland the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he sometimes puts it. His solo concerts are mesmerizing, you feel like a fortunate guest in the home of this gracious master of the Irish tradition.