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University of Chicago Folk Festival 2014
- Tickets ARE still available for all concerts!! On-line sales end 24 hours prior to each concert. Call the box office to purchase tickets!!! 773-702-7300
- Concerts are held at Mandel Hall in Reynolds Club, 1131 E. 57th St. Chicago
- Saturday and Sunday workshops are held at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
- Seating is reserved. Best available seats assigned upon receipt of order
- Tickets will be held at will call office in Mandel Hall. Will call opens 1 hour prior to each concert.
- If you are attending with a group and want to sit together, it is best to place one order for the entire group. You may also email us with the names of all the persons in your group.
- Please bring a copy of your receipt with you when you pick up your tickets
- Visit uofcfolk.org for more information including parking suggestions.
- Free music and dance workshops all day Saturday and Sunday. Visit uofcfolk.org for details.
- All ages show
- No refunds or exchanges
- On-line ticket sales end 24 hours prior to each concert. If you need additional tickets, please call or stop by the box office.
- Please note the on-line ticketing service is not affliated with the University of Chicago. The University will not accept liability for any issues incurred in the use of this service. Any disputes must be handled through EventBrite and the credit card company.
- Questions? Call the box office 773-702-7300. Hours 10am-4pm weekdays starting February 5th, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 54th Annual U of C Folk Festival will be held on February14-16, 2014
Bobby Hicks and Friends
In the annals of bluegrass fiddling, Bobby Hicks ranks right up at the top. Having spent almost fifty years on the road at this point, Hicks began his career playing with Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys on the bass, but moved to the fiddle, the instrument for which he would become famous, in later years. Since those days, he has been a part of ten Grammy winning records, and worked with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys. The Folklore Society is especially excited to be hosting this absolute master of the bluegrass fiddle this year. Hicks will be accompanied by his band, consisting of Rob Sine on guitar, Andrew Blythe on banjo, Rudi Ekstein on mandolin, and Sav Sankaran on bass.
It's an established fact in the Irish music business nobody sings traditional Irish music like Chicago's own (but originally from County Cork) Paddy Homan. Irish Music Magazine put it best when they wrote: "Nobody sings like this, and nobody sounds like this. The voice never, ever grates. The range is stunning. The interpretation is perfect. This is the whole complete deal wrapped up in one voice, one talent." Homan's lovely tenor has also won him a number of contests and prizes, such as the prestigious Feis Matie Tenor Solo in 2001.
Two other artists who happen to be from Chicago, but whose reputation is known far beyond will accompany Homan. Dennis Cahill is a master Irish guitar player, best known for his stunning work with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. His sought-after accompaniment work encompasses other famous fiddlers such as Liz Carroll, Kevin Burke, and Eileen Ivers.
Teresa Shine is another testament to the strength of the Irish music scene in Chicago, and a veteran of the All Ireland Music Contest. Her fiddling is well known on the Chicago session scene, and she also teaches music, and tours with the Trinity dance troupe.
A blues and ragtime guitarist and singer from Pennsylvania, Eisinger is known in the scene as a master of the Piedmont guitar style of blues from the 1920-30's and an authority on the music and style of past Folk Festival musician, Rev. Gary Davis, as well as the music of his predecessors such as Blind Blake and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Acoustic, Folk and Country Blues magazine said of Eisinger, "If ever there was a player who deserves to be venerated as a true living blues guitar maestro, here is the guy. He pulls off razzle-dazzle stuff that virtually nobody else can muster." In you were to listen to Eisinger's playing with your eyes closed, you would think you were hearing the ragtime blues guitar picking of Rev. Gary Davis and the like, right out of the 1930's.
A recently formed old time supergroup, Bigfoot consists of Rhys Jones and Cleek Schrey on fiddle, John Herrmann on banjo, Susie Goehring on guitar, and Meredith McIntosh on bass, all members with extensive history and pedigree in old time music.
Rhys Jones has been playing fiddle for more than 30 years, from old time to Irish, and absorbing tunes and styles from his hometown of Chicago, to West Virginia, where his family moved after a number of years. A contest winner on the fiddle at the Appalachian String Band Festival, Jones is a powerhouse on the fiddle.
Cleek Schrey has been long known as an Irish fiddler, having first learned from Brendan Mulvihill, and playing regularly with Sean McComiskey and Damien Connolly. However, as an illustration of link between the two traditions, and his sheer musicianship, Schrey seamlessly transitions to playing old-time tunes with Bigfoot.
John Herrmann has been playing old time music for forty years, and his talents span the full range of the traditional old time instruments. In 2010 he won first place at the Appalachian String Band Festival's band category with Bigfoot on the banjo. Along with a Grammy, Herrmann has been nominated for, and won, countless awards over the years for his contributions to old time music.
Meredith McIntosh plays bass for Bigfoot, but has a wide range of musical talents, and has a degree in music education. She's performed in the past with the likes of The New Southern Ramblers and The Rockinghams.
Susie Goehring has been playing old time music and singing Appalachian ballads since the 70's in her first debut with family band the Red Mules. Her talents as a guitar player and singer are on showcase with Bigfoot, as well as her recent work with fiddler Rayna Gellert.
A relatively new band of young Irish musicians from the East coast, The Yanks, consisting of Dylan Foley on fiddle, Dan Gurney on accordion, Isaac Alderson on the pipes and flute, and Sean Earnest on guitar and bouzouki, are set to take the Irish music world by storm. Called by renowned Irish flute player Kevin Crawford, "the next Irish American dream team when it comes to Irish Traditional Music", their success should come as a surprise to none given their background and success in the Irish music contest scene, as well as the revered names of their teachers, and the people they've played with over the years. Debuting to widespread acclaim at this past Catskills Irish Arts Week, and with a new album in the works, The Yanks are sure to see their success and fame only grow in the coming years.
Both veteran old time artists in their own right, LaPrelle and Gevalt teamed up in 2010 and started playing together. LaPrelle is an avid Appalachian and old-time singer, learning from the likes of Sheila Kay Adams and Ginny Hawker, and has been featured on Prairie Home Companion. Sheila Kay Adams said of her singing, "She is, in my opinion, one of maybe a handful of young singers able to capture the rhythm, the intensity, the breaks and sighs, that make this style of singing authentic." Along with her acclaimed singing, she's also an accomplished banjo player.
Gevalt is also a passionate fan, and talented player, of Appalachian as well as old time music. She's studied fiddle with the likes of Bruce Green and John Harrod, and is also a gifted banjo player and clogger. Sing Out Magazine called the duo's music, "a very special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, afficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great."
Sheryl Cormier & Family
Accordionist and vocalist, Sheryl Cormier is one of the first women to break through the gender bias of Louisiana's Cajun music. She was the former leader of an all-woman Cajun band and later the leader of Cajun Sounds. The oldest of four children, Cormier grew up surrounded by Cajun music. Her father was the leader of the Sunset Playboys, a band that included her mother on drums. Learning to play the Cajun accordion at age seven, Cormier performed with her parents' group throughout her teens. Later she assembled a group that featured her husband, Russell, on vocals and son, Russell, Jr., on drums, and recorded an album, Queen of Cajun Music (La Reine de Musique Cadjine), and will be playing with them at this year’s festival.
Born in 1952, Rev. Calvin Bridges began playing keyboard and singing from a very young age. He has been a fixture of the gospel music scene in Chicago since the 1970's, known for both his singing and keyboard ability, as well as later on, his arrangements and composing of original songs within the traditional fold of gospel music. In the late 1980's he founded the successful Chicago Praise Ensemble. He's performed to great acclaim everywhere from internationally to the 26th Grammy Awards. Along with being nominated for a Grammy for his original song Spread The Word, Bridges has also won two Stellar awards, one of the most prestigious prizes given for Gospel music.