On Saturday June 1, 2024, Bucky Halker will be performing at the Bishop Hill Folk Music Festival. His free concert will start at 1 p.m. by the village park gazebo in historic Bishop Hill, IL.

Bucky Halker is a songwriter, performer, and historian with over 15 albums to his credit, including Wisconsin 2-13-63, a two-CD project of original songs, Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill (2015) honoring martyred labor songster Joe Hill, and The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (2012), an original music tribute to the legendary folksinger. Halker, a Ph.D. in U.S. history, has lectured and published extensively on music in America and has regularly toured Europe since 1990. He is the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 (University of Illinois Press) and the scholar-producer for the five-volume Folksongs of Illinois CD series. Bucky also received the Archie Green Fellowship from the Library of Congress – American Folklife Center in 2012. Bucky’s most recent project has joined the talents of kids (ages 4-18) and adult musicians and resulted in an illustrated book and musical CD entitled Chicago Kids Play and Sing Hoagy (2020). The CD features children’s songs by the legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael, the author of some of America’s most notable jazz and pop standards.

This event is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the Galesburg Community Foundation and the Geneseo Foundation. For more details, you can call 309 927-3899 or email bhha@mymctc.net.