University of Minnesota School of Music Presents Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Theory Colloquium: Folksongs of Another America

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

Musicology/Ethnomusicology/Theory Colloquium: Folksongs of Another America: Historic Sound Recordings from the Upper Midwest

From 1937-1946 a trio of folklorists from the Library of Congress recorded roughly 2000 tunes and songs in 25 languages from folk performers in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Folklorist Jim Leary's new book/5 CD/DVD production, Folksongs of Another America (2015), distills the best of these nearly forgotten recordings, while stitching the significant contributions of culturally diverse Upper Midwesterners into the nation's folksong fabric. Illustrated with restored sounds and rare images, Leary's presentation will focus on the working lives and stunning traditional artistry of Finnish, Scots-Gaelic, Serbian, Swedish, and lumberjack performers in Minnesota and the surrounding region. (This March 31 presentation will be complemented by an April 1 concert at The Celtic Junction in Saint Paul, featuring new performances by Minnesota musicians of historic recordings from Folksongs of Another America)

Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps.


James P. Leary

Venue Information

Ferguson Hall, Room 280
2106 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Ticketing Information

Price Range: 
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not necessary.
Lisa Marshall

Presenting Organization

University of Minnesota - School of Music