Traditional Musicians from Chicagoland and Beyond

My Chicago Years, Since 1986

A partial list of fieldwork projects

Years Project Artists Areas Styles
1987 Waukegan & Zion Folk & Ethnic Arts Survey for David Adler Cultural Center under Adler House

1990-91 Waukegan & Zion followup survey for David Adler Cultural Center under Adler House

1992 Fieldwork followup for Eastern Illinois University
(see also Bloomington Years)
see Eastern Illinois Central Illinois old-time fiddle
1993 Folk Arts residency at Morton East High School Bohemian American Concertina Club; Chicago Concertina Circle Cicero, Illinois Czech, Polish
1995 home visit interview Sark Antaramian Niles, Illinois Armenian music
1995 home visit Lloyd "Boot" Shoe Thompsonville, Illinois old-time fiddle
1996 jam session at Lake County Folk Club Bob Holt
Chirps Smith
Ava, Missouri
Grayslake, Illinois
old-time fiddle
1997 home visit
(see also Indiana Hoedown)
Edgar Hursey Ligonier, Indiana old-time fiddle
1998 home visit Joe Dawson Bloomington, Indiana old-time fiddle
1998 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
(see also Here & There US)
Les Raber, Garry Harrison,
Liz Carroll, Paul Dahlin
Port Townsend, Washington old-time fiddle
Irish, Swedish
2003- Midwest Fiddle Championship under Old Town School fiddle various
2003-05 Illinois Musical Heritage project for Illinois Humanities Council see Folksongs of Illinois #2 Fiddlers

2005 home visit interview Marty Kapugi Chicago tamburitza music
2005 Starr Gennett Oral History Project Robert Hilbert,
Hoyt "Slim" Bryant
Eaton, Ohio
2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Nuestra Musica en Chicago Victor Pichardo, Juan Dies,
Pedro Gomez, Henry Roa
Chicago interviews
200 home visit Lee Sloan
Ruby Lee
Traverse City, Michigan old-time fiddle
Indian fiddle
2008- Fiddle Club of the World (Chicago Chapter) under Old Town School fiddle various
2009 rehearsal visit Simbolo Nortena Chicago Nortena
05/31/2009 Fandango at El Colibri
(see Long Friendships below)
Juan River con Los Pichardo Chicago Son Planeco
09/11/2009 Hoagland Oktoberfest Bavarian Brass Hoagland, Indiana German polka
2010 Chicago Folk & Roots Festival [Ronnie Malley's band]
Sones de Mexico
Chicago Arabic
Mexican Son
2011 Midwest Folklife Festival
Dodgeville, Wisconsin Klezmer, Swiss
2012 set dancing at Irish American Heritage Center Sean Cleland, Jessica Zeigler &c. Chicago Irish
2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival
(see also Here & There US)

Long friendships

Years Artist Hometown Instrument Style / Ethnicity
Lynn "Chirps" Smith (Indian Creek Delta Boys to Volo Bogtrotters to New Bad Habits)
Charleston to Grayslake, Illinois to Lagrange, Wisconsin fiddle old-time
Bob Bovee & Gail Heil
Spring Grove, Minnesota fiddle, guitar, harmonica &c. old-time
2007-present Juan Rivera, Victor Pichardo y Los Pichardo Chicago fiddle Mexicn Son