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Keep an eye out for John Hatton’s booth in the Landmark Hotel Lobby. He will offer a comprehensive selection of folk music CDs and other material.
Specializing in jazz music from early in the 20th century, the Church Street Ramblers perform songs by Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams, Mamie Smith, Louis Jordan, Fats Waller, and a host of other legendary musical artists.
Catch Kathleen Everingham and José Agusti of Big Bluestem warming up the festival in the Busey Bank lobby on Friday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm!
Big Bluestem performs an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes, old-time string band music, bluegrass and historic tunes, with an occasional sprinkling of swing and the blues.
Calling all festival volunteers! Join us Sunday, November 2nd, 7:00pm at Techline, 307 South Locust Street in Champaign for an organization meeting for festival volunteers. If you haven’t already done so, register at our volunteer sign-up site. Or, you can sign up at the meeting. We’ll have a computer and onsite help available.
Thanks so much for your support of the CU Folk and Roots Festival!
The Piato Cafe in Lincoln Square is hosting a $5.00 all-you-can-eat lunch buffet as a fundraiser for the CU Folk and Roots Festival. Enjoy your lunch to the sounds of festival-hosted open jamming!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
11:00am – 1:00pm
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. He 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.
Circle singing is a community art form that tends to generate an altered space and leave participants elated. Through a combination of conducted loops and spontaneous improvisations, circle song leaders create parts on-the-spot so that we make inspired (whether goofy or glorious), mistake-free music. Singers and non-singers welcome to sing or not sing in this workshop/performance!
From New England to Berkeley and back, elizaBeth Simpson has a history of singing on the street. Her sets feature jazz-spiked, indie-folk originals and are sprinkled with a cappella treats ranging from irish street ballads to contemporary protest songs (she has made police cry at blockades). elizaBeth makes music to celebrate what it’s like to be alive, and invites you to join her.
The Traditional Jazz Orchestra plays hot music from the early 20th century when jazz was young — the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and other popular composers from the period. The band features Tom Birkner (cornet), Randy Salman (clarinet), Morgan Powell (trombone), Mike Miller (banjo/guitar), Dan Anderson (tuba/bass)…with occasional help from Jeff Helgesen (cornet), Armand Beaudoin (bass) and others.
For this intermediate workshop, Dave will teach some simple effects and give an introduction to the blues. If you attended the beginning workshop, you are welcome to stay for this session too. Dave will also have a petting zoo of his own harmonicas and books on the subject, so bring your questions!
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 workshops and try out this soulful instrument that you can carry in your pocket!
Dave has been a fan of local music since he came to the U of I in the early 80′s and has a long involvement with WEFT community radio. Mainly an audience member, he’s occasionally played harmonica with local bands like the Prairie Jam Band and the Prairie Dogs.