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Folksongs of Illinois, #1

by Various Artists

A richly diverse compilation documents the folk music traditions of Illinois from country blues to tamburitza to early country to gospel to Irish reels. Drawn from 78s, collections, LPS, field recordings, and studio tracks. Bucky Halker, producer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nine Pound Hammer (Special Consensus)
Special Consensus
2:09 album only
2. Down By The Embarras (Art Thieme)
Art Thieme
3:23 album only
3. Cairo Blues (Henry Spaulding)
Henry Spaulding
2:43 album only
4. Dziura Polka (Polish Mountaineers)
Polish Mountaineers
2:57 album only
5. Mississippi Flood (Jon Langford & Kelly Hogan)
Jon Langford & Kelly Hogan
3:26 album only
6. Morning Dew/Travelers/Sharks' Reels (Elanor Kane Neary)
Eleanor Kane Neary
2:44 album only
7. Hanging of Charlie Birger (Janet Bean)
Janet Bean
3:34 album only
8. Hop Big Eyed Rabbit (Orval Hale)
Orval Hale
1:01 album only
9. Down By The Pickle Works, Part 1 (Herr Louie & Weaselis)
Herr Louie & Weaselis
3:01 album only
10. Too Late (Skeet Evans & Arlin Dietz)
Skeet Evans, Ken Williams, & Arlin Dietz
2:34 album only
11. Prijedorska Carsija (Tamburitza Orchestra)
Tamburitza Orchestra Javor
2:52 album only
12. Jay Gould's Daughter (Carl Sandburg)
Carl Sandburg
1:37 album only
13. I Love The Lord (St. John Baptist Choir)
St. John Missionary Church Baptist Choir
2:57 album only
14. The Dying Miner (Bucky Halker)
Bucky Halker
5:14 album only
15. El Corrido de Texas (Silvano Ramos & Daniel Ramirez)
Silvano Ramos & Daniel Ramirez
3:22 album only
16. La Gui-Annee (Prairie Du Rocher Singers)
Prairie Du Rocher Singers
3:15 album only
17. Lonely Cowgirl (Girls of the Golden West)
Girls of the Golden West
2:12 album only
18. I'm Coming Home (Staple Singers)
Staple Singers
6:44 album only
19. Wizard Oil (Blue Grass Roy)
Blue Grass Roy
0:37 album only


Album Notes
Since 2007, Bucky Halker has produced four CD in the series, "Folksongs of Illinois." Halker, well known performer, songwriter, recording artist, and historian, has offered an important audio documentary on the rich and vibrant music traditions of Illlinois. He has also offered a powerful argument for a more broadly inclusive model for understanding what American folk music really is. He has certainly taken us beyond the popular and journalistic stereotypes that continue to hold sway among most audiences. On Volume 1, Halker served as both scholar and producer and provides an overview of the state's diverse musical traditions with tracks from the Girls of the Golden West, Art Thieme, Janet Bean, Jon Langford, Carl Sandburg, Tramburitza Orchestra Javor, the Polish Mountaineers, Eleanor Kane Neary, Special Consensus, the Staple Singers, Henry Spaulding, and more. The compilation features new studio tracks, as well as tracks from old 78s, LPs, home recordings, field recordings, CDs, and radio transcriptions. Styles ranges from country blues to traditional folk to early country to gospel to tamburitza to Irish reels. If you want to expand your musical horizons, or enjoy a good musical adventure, you won't be disappointed in this or any other CDs in the series, as critics have pointed out repeatedly.

"exceptional, scholarly, readable, enjoyable" (Justin Cober-Lake) POP MATTERS

"ambitious and informative" Chicago Free Press

"Halker can stake his claim as Illinois' most dedicated folklorist since Carl Sandburg" Lake Magazine

"Anyone who has ever yearned for a bigger earful of the Upper Midwestern soundcape will welcome "Folksongs of Illinois" with wonder and joy" Upper Midwest Cultures (Jim Leary)

This project was originally undertaken by Bucky Halker through the Illinois Humanities Council. "Folksongs of Illinois" is now a project of Bucky Halker and Company of Folk.



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