Billy Galt and Jeff Kerr

Billy Galt is well-known in Central Illinois for his guitarmanship with the Blues Deacons; he also has spent time playing backup for Homesick James, Sonny Boy WIlliamson, Jr., Maxwell Street Jimmy and Shirley King. Playing with Jeff Kerr, the duo features a mix of blues and rock songs from the 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading

New Orleans Jazz Machine

New Orleans Jazz MachineThe New Orleans Jazz Machine is a traditional jazz band formed over 15 years ago and features:

Carlyle Johnson (long-time Champaign music teacher), clarinet/soprano sax
Russ Pence, trumpet
Barry Wagner, trombone
Gary Peyton, piano
Josh Walden, bass
Dave Madden, drums

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Champaign-Urbana Accordion Club

Accordion ClubThe Champaign-Urbana Accordion Club is a group of people devoted to squeezing the old box. We welcome all levels of experience and inexperience, and meet weekly on Wednesday evening, for free and for fun. We play folk music of all styles, some classical music, and are aiming to learn Zydeco and Cajun. Join us!

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Mr. Stephens

Tim StephensThe festival welcomes back “Mr. Stephens,” who has been entertaining the twelve-and-under set around C-U for years with his blend of serious and silly, fun and folksy guitar and vocals.  Big on audience participation, he doesn’t so much play for kids as with them!  Catch his CD out on Choo Choo Train Records with Ms. Harmon’s kindergarten class.  His alter ego, Tim Stephens, is well known as the front man for Lonely Trailer, one of our great homegrown bands.

Saturday, November 3rd, 1:00pm-1:30pm
Urbana Free Library Busey-Mills Room

Boneyard Morris Dance Group

Boneyard Morris DancersMorris dance is a traditional dance from England that has been done for hundreds of years. There are several references to Morris dance in Shakespeare. Each village or region has its own set of dances. The Boneyard Morris dance group has been meeting and performing locally since 2009.

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Old Time Players

Old Time PlayersDuo Christine and Paul Breen make up the Old Time Players . Christine  plays the old time five-string banjo and has been playing clawhammer style for several years. She is quite accomplished in the old time mountain style of banjo back-up, playing reels, hornpipes, and – more important – the lost art of rags and waltzes which incorporate the old time 2-finger picking of the late 19th century. Continue reading

New Old Cavalry

New Old CavalryThe New Old Cavalry is a young, energetic, and dynamic bluegrass group that has torn out of Bloomington, IN, reaching as far as the west coast in only a few short years. While maintaining the format of a traditional string band, NOC sends astral bodies of loose psychedelia and jazz inspired improvisation Continue reading