The Volo Bogtrotters are have been a Midwestern favorite since their first gig at the actual Volo Bog in Lake County, Illinois in 1985. Their music is inspired by the classic string band sounds that appeared on 1920s phonograph records, as well as by the square dance tunes played by the master country fiddlers they sought out in small Midwestern towns during the last decades of the 20th century. The band is fronted by fiddlers Lynn “Chirps” Smith, Fred Campeau and Paul Tyler (the latter two drag along a few other instruments) and also includes Steve Rosen on banjo, Jim Nelson on guitar, and Tony Scarimbolo on bass.
Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, poet and downright funny guy. He appeared quite frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten countries.
The Volo Bogtrotters’ appearance is generously sponsored in part by the Spurlock Museum.