Acclaimed as a “stunning vocalist, master teacher, and folk festival in a box,” Barbara Silverman has performed for three decades solo and with The Laketown Buskers, The Teflons, The Schticklers and Silver Rose. Appearances include Prairie Home Companion, Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago Symphony Center, openers for Emmy Lou Harris, Odetta, and Arlo Guthrie, and seven CD recordings. Barb is on the music and dance faculty of Old Town School of Folk Music, and was chosen for their first international trip to England and Finland.
Colby Maddox toured with Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, won first prize at the 2006 Rocky Grass mandolin competition in Lyons, Colorado, and teaches fiddle and mandolin at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Recent side projects include playing on the soundtrack for the PBS documentary The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, narrated by Garrison Keillor, and singing on the soundtrack for the Newberry Library’s Homemakers of the Civil War: Sheet Music.
Barb and Colby will perform twice at the festival. Their Prairie Breezes appearance is in collaboration with the Urbana Free Library, a concert series that is especially for the whole family!
Idea Garden is an original acoustic duo, named after a small plot in the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign Arboretum. Dan Andree on Fiddle/Vocals and Aaron Dorfman on Guitar/Vocals perform a set primarily of original songs sprinkled with contemporary covers and traditional classics. Aaron’s hard and clean flat-picking cuts right through his buttery voice as Dan’s soaring fiddle lines put air in his bellowing lungs. The audience is taken for a sonorous adventure of sight, sound, and sentiment as the music softly suggests to sit a spell and stop to smell the flowers.