Concerts/Special Events

 “Folk Songs of Another America,” Traditional Music of the Upper Midwest:  Oct. 14, 2017

Based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. James P. Leary and his Grammy-award nominated book, “Folk Songs of Another America,” this event will also celebrate newer publications and recordings, including the re-issue of Franz Rickaby’s classic “Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy,” newly expanded and renamed “The Pinery Boys.”

Afternoon workshops will include a lecture by Jim Leary, and the showing of the film “Alan Lomax Goes North,” based on the famous folklorist’s collecting trip in the Upper Midwest in 1938; a workshop on Polka featuring Richard March, author of “Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” and the members of the band Copper Box; and a workshop on Franz Rickaby, “The Frenzied Life and Work of Franz Rickaby: Lumberjack Song Collector,” presented by folksinger Brian Miller, who in 2012 released a CD entitled “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs: Irish and Scottish Music from the North Woods,” with Randy Gosa.

After a break for dinner, the event will resume with a one-hour concert of music by Richard March, Brian Miller & Randy Gosa, John C. Van Orman, and Sheila Shigley. 

The concert will be followed by a Polka Dance, with music provided by the band Copper Box.

Afternoon film/lectures/workshops  2:00—5:00 pm.  Free and Open to the public

Doors re-open 6:30 pmConcert 7:00 pm, followed by a Polka Dance at 8:30 pmGeneral Admission: $10.00 Tickets are available at, by calling 608-924-4000, or at the door.