Volo Bogtrotters

Volo BogtrottersThe 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.

The Volo Bogtrotters’ appearance is generously sponsored in part by the Spurlock Museum.

Tillers

The Tillers

The Tillers

Musically, The Tillers never fails to surprise. Their music has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. Their punk influence gives their sound a distinctive bite, setting them apart from most other folk acts – a hard-driving percussive strum and stomp that brings new pulse and vinegar to some very old songs.

Big Bluestem

Big BluestemBig 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.

BBSB features Kathleen Everingham on fiddle, José Agusti on guitar, Rebecca Grosser on guitar, Drew Phillips on mandolin, and Todd Kinney on bass. Catch Kathleen and José playing a festival warm-up in the Busey Bank lobby on Friday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm!

 

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing.  As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which Dom co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. He figures he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years.

Dom Flemons appearance at the festival is made possible in part by Allen Hall/Unit One and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield

Frank Fairfield is a native of Fresno, California who now resides in Los Angeles. TMR calls Frank’s performance, “A dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive by the modern master of the form…a genius on the fiddle, guitar, and banjo who possesses a broken and soulful voice which perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter…”.