Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Laura CorteseWelding the propulsive grace of fiddle styles to disarmingly open-hearted original pop songs, Laura Cortese has emerged among the most intriguing and versatile, musicians in the bountiful New England post-folk scene. At home in any number of traditional styles, her highly-visible work as a supporting musician (on fiddle, vocals, and bass) includes appearances with Jocie Adams (Low Anthem), Uncle Earl, Tao Seeger, Band of Horses, and – as part of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden – Patterson Hood and Michael Franti. The past two years have found Cortese in creative overdrive, balancing sideman duties, solo tours, and recording sessions with an increased devotion to her own music: a kaleidoscopic hybrid that is enriched by roots music undertones and yet remains defiantly contemporary. In 2010 Cortese released an EP trilogy including her all female Acoustic Project. Tireless and always looking to the future, Laura Cortese is gearing up to put the finishing touches on a second Acoustic Project record, what she feels is her most vivid statement yet.

Friday, November 1st, 10:15pm-11:30pm
Heartland Gallery
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Contra Dance with Yellow Jacket Stringband and Jonathan Sivier

Yellow Jacket Stringband

The Yellow Jacket String Band is Claire Johnson, Kate Fritz and Tom Turino and their infectious string band music can be found at lively contra dances throughout the Midwest.

 

 

 

Jonathan SivierJonathan Sivier has been leading traditional dances since 1992. He is active with the Urbana Country Dancers and is one of the leaders of the Central Illinois English Country Dancers. He regularly calls contra, English and square dances in Champaign-Urbana and elsewhere around the country. In 2010, Jonathan was honored with an ACE (Arts, Culture and Entertainment) award from 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council. One of his current projects is teaching contra and English country dance as part of a study being run by the Exercise Psychology Lab in the Kinesiology Department of the University of Illinois looking at the effects of different forms of exercise on the cognition in older adults. Another ongoing project is the reconstruction of music and dances from New Harmony, Indiana circa 1826.

The contra dance is co-sponsored by the Urbana Country Dancers.

Friday, November 1st, 8:15pm-11:00pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom
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Banjo Styles Workshop, with Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade2013 Grammy nominee Stephen Wade plays in a variety of banjo styles largely learned from personal contact with older generation Southern musicians. Last fall he released Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition (Smithsonian Folkways), an innovative celebration of those encounters. He is also the creator of the long-running stage show Banjo Dancing, producer and annotator of Hobart Smith, In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes (Smithsonian Folkways), contributor to Wade Mainer, Banjo on the Mountain (University Press of Mississippi), narrator and writer of the pubic television documentary Catching the Music, and author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press). He is currently 2013-2014 resident artist/scholar at George Washington University, Department of Music. In this workshop, Stephen will describe and demonstrate a number of these varied approaches to the banjo, learned over the years.

Stephen Wade’s appearances are co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Press.

Saturday, November 2nd, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Heartland Gallery
Free

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
Free

Square dance with Richie Stearns and Deborah Hyland

We are delighted to have Richie Stearns and Friends playing this year’s square dance, with calling from one of our favorites, Deborah Hyland.

Richie StearnsLegendary banjo player Richie Stearns is one of the most influential old-time players of the last 25 years, stretching the genre in many innovative ways. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music. His band “The Horseflies” re-defined old-time music in the 1980′s and 90′s and introduced the unique Ithaca, NY  sound to a whole generation of traditional musicians and fans. A founding member of “Donna the Buffalo” and “The Renegades”, Richie has collaborated, opened for, or played in bands with Natalie Merchant, Beausoleil, Farm Report (with Tony Trischka), 10,000 Maniacs, Kevin Burke, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale and many others.

deborahhylandDeborah Hyland has called and taught dance to a wide range of audiences in the St. Louis area and beyond since 1991. Missouri’s classic old-time music provides the perfect drive behind the cadence of her squares, contras, and mixers. Besides appearing regularly at dances in St. Louis, Deborah has headlined at dance weekends and folk festivals in Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana. Deborah has also called at local dances throughout the Midwest, including Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

With an emphasis on clear teaching, she has coaxed hundreds of beginners toward a successful dance experience at the Missouri Historical Society’s programs for children, various St. Louis festivals, a homeless shelter, community radio fundraisers, weddings, and a variety of other events for both children and adults.

Deborah has also taught Civil War dancing at a number of reenactments, balls, and battles in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Mississippi, and more.

Deborah’s calling appears on an album by fiddler Lida Bringe, “What Will I Do” (1996), her choreography has been published in “Midwest Folklore and Other Dances” (1995), and she appeared as a square dance caller on the reality show “Farmer Wants a Wife” (2007).

Saturday, November 2nd, 7:45pm-9:15pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom
Wristband or cover

 

Stephen Wade and Friends

Stephen WadeMusician, recording artist, and writer Stephen Wade is best known for his long-running stage performances of Banjo Dancing and On the Way Home. He also produced and annotated the Rounder CD collection that gave rise to the book, A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings. Since 1996 his  commentaries on folksongs and traditional tunes have appeared on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Wade’ s most recent endeavor, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, published in 2012, weaves together loving and expert profiles of performers with the histories of their songs and tunes, and brings to life largely unheralded individuals-farm laborers, state prisoners, school children, cowboys, housewives and mothers, loggers and miners-whose music has become part of the wider American musical soundscape.

Stephen Wade’s appearances are co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Press.

Friday, November 1st, 9:45pm-11:00pm
Iron Post
Wristband or cover

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton

Rosie Newton and Rich StearnsRichie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs.

Legendary banjo player Richie Stearns is one of the most influential old-time players of the last 25 years, stretching the genre in many innovative ways. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music. His band “The Horseflies” re-defined old-time music in the 1980′s and 90′s and introduced the unique Ithaca, NY  sound to a whole generation of traditional musicians and fans. A founding member of “Donna the Buffalo” and “The Renegades”, Richie has collaborated, opened for, or played in bands with Natalie Merchant, Beausoleil, Farm Report (with Tony Trischka), 10,000 Maniacs, Kevin Burke, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale and many others.

Rosie Newton has played fiddle for as long as she can remember. She grew up immersed in the folk music scene in Woodstock, New York attending concerts and parties with her mother, Celtic cellist Abby Newton. Rosie recently graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community.

Newton currently performs in a duo with Richie Stearns, in the Evil City String Band, the Pearly Snaps, and in an internationally touring Celtic band called Ferintosh. She is represented on countless recordings, including her own projects – The Pearly Snaps, and her most recent CD, Tractor Beam with Stearns.

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.

Saturday, November 2nd, 10:45pm-12:00am
Independent Media Center
Wristband or cover