Bucky Halker, Chicago songwriter and folk song performer, will be performing at the Midsommar Music Festival on Sunday June 25.  Bucky will be playing a variety of his favorite songs, including music from Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, and much more.  The concert starts at 1 p.m. in the village park gazebo in 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.

Bucky’s concert is free and open to the public.  For more information about this concert or the 2023 Bishop Hill Midsommar Music Festival, please contact the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at 309 927-3899 or bhha@mymctc.net