Illinois has rich and diverse folk music traditions that remain under recognized by both specialists and the public. From the beginning of Illinois statehood through the folk revival that swept the nation and state in the 1950s, the many people who have made Illinois their home produced a huge body of folksongs and music. What better time than the Illinois Bicentennial to invite the citizens of our state to hear and appreciate the folk music legacy of the Land of Lincoln?
Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois 1818 to 1960 by singer and guitarist Bucky Halker brings a sample of these songs to life through both performance and commentary. This presentation runs approximately 60-70 minutes, with additional time for questions and answers. The concert will start at 1:30 p.m. in the Dairy Building on Saturday, May 5, 2018. It is free and open to the public due to the sponsorships of the BHHA and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar Speakers Bureau.