Patt & Possum (Patt Plunkett and Charlie Walden) will be performing Saturday September 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. between the Steeple Building and the Carpenter Building. Their concert will consist of traditional mid-western fiddle music. Charlie is also the Illinois Fiddle Champion. The concert is free and open to the public.
Charlie and Patt both grew up listening to and playing traditional mid-western fiddle music. Charlie learned as a teenager at the feet of some of Missouri’s finest old time fiddlers, including Pete McMahan, Taylor McBaine and Cyril Stinnett and was encouraged by countless others. Other important influences through recordings were Graham Townsend, Don Messer and Ned Landry.
Patt started out by playing piano for her grandfather, Carl Voorhees, who was a seasoned Illinois square dance fiddler. She went on to play Irish-style piano accompaniment and formed a ceili band in Chicago, which won the local Fleah Ceol twice. She is also a professional music educator and trained singer.