Harmonica Workshop With Doug and Dave

Dave Witzany and Doug Schroer

It’s easy to begin to learn to play harmonica! Doug Schroer and Dave Witzany will lead the group using key of C diatonic 10 hole harmonicas to help you learn about the instrument and to begin playing melodies and blues.

If you have a C diatonic, you can bring your own harmonica to the lesson. For those who don’t have one, there will be a limited number of free harmonicas available, as well as additional inexpensive harmonicas for purchase, thanks to assistance from Corson Music.

We encourage you to come out to the class and try out this soulful instrument that you can carry in your pocket!

For ages 10 and over.

Saturday, November 2nd, 1:15pm-2:15pm
Common Ground Food Co-op

Swing Dance, with the Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble

Central High School Jazz EnsembleThe Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Currey since 1997, has been the cornerstone of the Central High School music program, garnering awards and distinctions at almost every festival or competition attended. There are three separate big bands in the Central program:  Jazz Lab band, Jazz Stage Band and the Jazz Ensemble, as well as several smaller combos made up of students from these bands. Central Jazz Bands and Combos perform throughout the year, in venues large and small, from the Iron Post to prestigious festivals in New York City and California. Many jazz band students from Central have gone on to play in jazz ensembles at Indiana University, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, among others. Let’s welcome this next generation of musicians to the festival!

Paul Kwiat

Be sure to stop in for the lesson with local swing master (and UIUC physics professor) Paul Kwiat beforehand – 6:00pm-6:45pm. Hope to see a lot of teens at both!


Friday, November 1st,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom
Wristband or cover

Klezmer (Yiddish) Dance, with the Red Sea Pedestrians

Red Sea PedestriansYiddish dance is Jewish folk dancing that comes to us from Eastern Europe. With the revival of klezmer music – music that gets your feet moving –  there is a corresponding interest in the dances that go with it – freylekhs, bulgars, shers, zhoks, sirbas, hongas, and others. We are pleased to have the Red Sea Pedestrians play for the festival’s first-ever Yiddish dance event.

Mitch HarrisOur dance leader for the night is Mitch Harris, whose dancing chops come from many years of attendance at KlezKamp, this country’s premier Yiddish arts folk program.

Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom
Wristband or cover

Prairie Dogs Performance and Beatles Play-Along

Prairie Dogs

Calling musicians of all levels!! The Prairie Dogs invite you to BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play and sing along to all your Beatles favorites, including, but not limited to, the Rubber Soul album. Then, sit back and listen to a few Prairie Dogs favorites.

The Prairie Dogs have been a fixture of the Champaign-Urbana music scene for 15 years. They know a thousand songs and a hundred jokes. Guaranteed to make you laugh or cry! Join them for a good old-fashioned singalong!

Friday, November 1st, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Iron Post

Beginning Tin Whistle Workshop, with Dean Karres

Dean Karres

Come for a low stress introduction to the tin whistle (penny whistle). This workshop is for the complete novice.  You will be shown correct hand and finger position; a simple scale; and, we will work through one or more very simple melodies.

A whistle will be given to the first twelve participants.  If you bring your own whistle please make sure it is a “D” whistle.  This is often etched into the whistle body or printed on a label.


Dean plays and teaches bodhrán.  He also plays whistle, uilleann pipes, might sing on occasion and is currently in love with ceili drumming.  In 2005 he won first place in the “Midwest Fleadh Cheoil” adult bodhrán competition and then competed in that year’s “All Ireland” event.  He plays in area sessions and bands and recently started playing drums for the ‘Nashville Ceili Band”.

Dean has led bodhrán clinics at the Kansas City Irish Festival and other Midwestern music festivals since the late 1990’s.  He has led beginning whistle clinics at events in the last few years.

Friday, November 1st, 6:00pm-6:45pm
Heartland Gallery

Sea Shanty Singalong, with Chris Maden

Chris MadenChris Maden has been singing and playing a variety of instruments since early childhood. A native New Englander, he was lured to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco seeking dot-com plunder, but was instead shanghaied into the seedy world of sea music by a bunch of pirates from Providence, and became a regular at the chantey sings at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. He moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 2008 and began pursuing maritime and traditional music more seriously.  The winds have blown hard, and he now finds himself far from shore and living in Urbana, but there’s no doubt that he’ll bring some salty spray with him to the the Folk and Roots Festival!

Friday, November 1st, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Iron Post Patio

Ukulele Jugband

Del ReyJoin Del Rey for a jugless, all ukulele, hokum-blues shindig, with playing and singing parts for all levels of player. Music from a 1920s Memphis street corner, orchestrated for all-ukuleles all the time!


Saturday, November 2nd, 3:15pm-4:15pm
Independent Media Center