307 South Locust Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Lou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, way back in the sixties. By the late seventies, they had established themselves as a prominent feature of the songwriting subculture of Wisconsin’s capital, playing their original material every week for almost ten years in the run-down but trendy music room of Madison’s Club de Wash. Gradually expanding their circuit, they began crisscrossing the continent and gaining national attention with appearances on such programs as Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Weekend Edition. Regular appearances at festivals and folk music clubs all across the country now serve as venues for the songs contained in their sixteen recordings and three songbooks, which have been performed by everyone from Garrison Keillor to Peggy Seeger. The popularity of Lou and Peter Berryman — whose friendship survived a brief marriage in the seventies — is a testiment to their intelligent and wickedly funny material which is never bawdy or risque but is rich with wordplay and witty images. This duo is not to be missed.
Singer-songwriter Margaret M. O’Brien grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Beverly neighborhood, and has lived in New Mexico, Oregon and California as well. She picked up the mountain dulcimer after attending the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival about 7 years ago, meeting the Blue Lion folks and falling in love with the instrument. It was the perfect accompaniment for her original songs and lustrous voice.
Margaret has loved the music of Mother Maybelle Carter and her plaintiff mountain sound, the joy and spirit of Joni Mitchell, the guts and skill of Bonnie Raitt and Jude Johnstone, the humour and stories of Jim Post, John Prine and Bob Dylan, the down-to-earth Robert Johnson, not to mention Simon & Garfunkel and The Beatles. So many incredible musicians out there, so much inspiration to draw and learn from and hopefully, emulate.
Additional information can be found on her Facebook page.