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KFP and the Department of Folk Studies Announce the Fall 2013 Pioneer Cabin Concert 

November 14, 2013

In keeping with our most recent Pioneer Cabin Concert Series theme focusing on folklorists, ethnomusicologists and folk musicians with scholarship at the heart of their work, we are pleased to welcome 2013 Grammy nominee, writer, and folk musician, Stephen Wade.

Wade concert poster

Stephen Wade will present a concert performance of The Beautiful Music All Around Us; a combination of live music, projected images, and spoken narrative that traces Wade's journey into musical traditions across the American South. Wade's remarkable research that culminated recently in his award winning book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, rediscovers the largely unknown players and singers whose performances of traditional songs were captured on early Library of Congress field recordings. His stories of folk tunes, their creators, and the communities from which they spring, speak to the interconnectedness of American lives.

Wade has devoted his long career to the study of American folklife, uniting scholarship and the creative arts. A guitarist and banjoist since childhood, his presentations combine virtuoso musicianship with scholarly substance and storytelling. His book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press), has been described in the Wall Street Journal as "a masterpiece of humane scholarship — but one that reads like a detective story."

He is currently 2013-2014 Artist/Scholar in residence at George Washington University, Department of Music, and George A. Miller Visiting Scholar, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois. Last week, Wade received the ASCAP Deems Taylor award for The Beautiful Music All Around Us.

For more information about Stephen's award winning book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, and CD, Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition at the University of Illinois Press website. You can also read more about Stephen in this recent article from the Christian Science Monitor.

General tickets for the concert are $15 and WKU student tickets are available for $10. Please remember that seating in the cabin is limited to 25 people, so reserve your ticket in advance!

Secure your seat today by calling the Folk Studies office at (270)745-5295. 

For concert details and reservation information please visit:

The Pioneer Cabin Concert Series is an ongoing series which provides a venue for the university and Bowling Green community to enjoy traditional and roots music in the intimate atmosphere of the Pioneer Log Cabin on campus.

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