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Folksongs of Illinois, #4

by Various Artists

On this Volume 4 in Bucky Halker's "Folksongs of Illinois" CD series, we visit Chicago since 1945. It's a lively documentation of music from the city's many communities--Chinese, Polish, Irish, African-American, Columbia, Mexican, Jewish, and Mexican.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chicago El Train
street recording
0:15 album only
2. Hoodoo Man Blues (Junior Wells & Buddy Guy)
Junior Wells & Buddy Guy
2:51 album only
3. Bathala (Bagwis Collective)
Bagwis Collective
3:52 album only
4. I Remember Polka (Eddie Blazonczyk & the Versatones)
Eddie Balzonczyk and the Versatones
2:26 album only
5. Jimbasengo (Morikeba Kouyate)
Morikeba Kouyate
4:12 album only
6. What Where When (Sundowners)
1:52 album only
7. Woodland Grass Dance (American Indian Center Drummers)
American Indian Center Dancers
4:00 album only
8. Jibaro en la Menor (Chicago Cuatro Orchestra)
Chicago Cuatro Orchestra
4:26 album only
9. January Man/Down the Doon (Bohola)
5:26 album only
10. Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg)
Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg
2:51 album only
11. Chusn Kalleh Mazl Tov (Maxwell Street Klezmer Band)
Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
3:12 album only
12. The Lumberjack's Prayer (Studs Terkel)
Studs Terkel
1:26 album only
13. Loop Sounds
Street Recording Collage
1:21 album only
14. At the Doctor's (Chet Lasik & the 47th St. Concertina Club)
Chet Lasik and His 47th Street Concertina Club
2:15 album only
15. La Gallina (Los Pichardos)
Los Pichardos
3:46 album only
16. God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (Geraldine Gay)
Geraldine Gay
2:48 album only
17. Balad El Mahbub (Duzan Ensemble)
Duzan Ensemble
3:50 album only
18. Mandili Kalamatiano (Jin Stoynoff)
Jim Stoynoff
2:45 album only
19. Henan Folk Tune (Betti Xiang)
Betti Xiang
5:30 album only
20. El Mejoral (Juvenato)
3:40 album only
21. Dzelem, Dzelem (T-Rroma)
3:31 album only
22. Old Chy-Car-Go (Cathy Richardson & Bucky Halker)
Cathy Richardson & Bucky Halker
4:18 album only
23. Chicago El Train
Street Recording Collage
0:14 album only


Album Notes
Scholar-producer Bucky Halker has now finished four CDs in the "Folksongs of Illinois" series, offering us an incredible and insightful musical journey through the Prairie State's many and varied folk music traditions. On #4, Halker goes to Chicago in the post-WWII era and listeners will be happy he did. The City of Big Shoulders is a city of migrants and immigrants and here are some great performances from Irish, Chinese, Polish, Columbia, Mexican, American Indian, Puerto Rican, folk revival, and Filipino acts. What a great listen and what a fun musical ride for anyone with broad tastes. And, as with previous volumes, there's an introductory essay and liner notes with tons of information on the music and the acts. A big highlight is "Old Chy-Car-Go, " a Woody Guthrie song about the Windy City which has never been recorded before. Check out this CD and you'll be smiling for sure.

Previous CDs drew rave reviews everywhere. In fact, the project has yet to receive even a mediocre review and has been praised as a model documentary project and one which other states would do well to follow. Volumes 1-3 received heavy airplay on folk and world music programs and stood on the charts for months.

"a wonderful collection" Journal of Western Folklore

NOTE: "Folksongs of Illinois" is a project of Bucky Halker and Company of Folk



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