In 2006, 2009 and 2012, I was performer, then a co-producer (with Bucky Halker) of the Midwest Folklife Festival in Bishop Hill, Illinois. This was a wonderful event that combined the resources of the Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin Arts Councils to present the wide range of the folk and ethnic music that was the backbone of midwest culture in the 20th century. In 2013, I produced the double CD The Midwest Folklife Festival (click here to see the CD ) from the recordings made of those events. Over the years the festival presented an eclectic combination of folk and ethnic music performed in the beautiful town park of the Bishop Hill Historic Site in North Central Illinois. Unfortunately, the economics of the times caused that festival to end, but this year, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Osha Foundation created a new event to carry that tradition on, the Bishop Hill Folk Festival.
Along with performing at the event, I was tapped to produce it. The festival presented some of the best folk and ethnic acts in the midwest both in concert and in informal workshops in the historic town of Bishop Hill.
The weather was perfect, the acts all did a great job and the we had an excellent turnout. All in all, it was a fine time. Here are some shots from the event if you didn’t make it.