Concerts/Special Events

Appalachian Singing in Sacred Spaces

Saturday, July 8 , 2017

 Michael and Carrie Kline spent decades in the mountains of West Virginia,  documenting the music and stories of the area’s residents. They have recorded thousands of interviews and spoken testimonials that give voice to people normally excluded from public conversations. As a performing duet, the Klines mingle stirring harmonies with interweaving guitar runs and cross-chording to produce an authentic sound that captures and conveys the spirit of the people and mountains they love to sing about. They address mountain music as social history expressing a level of truth seldom available on the printed page.

In their singing workshop they will share the ancient ballads that make deep connections with the culture, landscapes and history of the Allegheny Highlands  and the coalfields of Appalachia. Learn to sing some of the finest traditional songs, whether you are a new or experienced music maker, or simply interested in gaining insight into the complexity that is Appalachia. Please bring a dish for the potluck lunch at noon.

Singing Workshop in Plum Grove Chapel                                
10:00-2:30, with a 12:00 potluck lunch                                          
$60 adults / $30 ages 10-17 includes admission to the evening concert and dance  Registration required.                                                                                          Tickets: call (608)924-4000 to reserve your spot OR at Brown Paper Tickets                                       
Concert and Barn Dance in Farwell Hall                                    
7:00-8:00 PM Concert        Michael & Carrie Kline                                                   8:15 PM Barn Dance          with The Hicksville Debonaires, Catherine Baer, caller  $10 adults, $7 seniors and teens, $5 kids                                                          Tickets: call (608)924-4000 or available at the door.
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 “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 his granddaughter, Gretchen Dykstra, whose biography of her grandfather is a welcome addition to the new text, along with folksinger Brian Miller, who in 2012 released a CD entitled “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs: Irish and Scottish Music from the North Woods.”

After a break for dinner, the event will resume with a one-hour concert of music by Richard March, Brian Miller, 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—5:00pm  Free and Open to the public

Doors re-open 6:30pm

Concert 7:00 pm, followed by a Polka Dance at 8:30 pm

General Admission: $10.00