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An Introduction to Dear Old Illinois: Interview with Gaye Harrison and Genevieve Koester

Led by fiddler Garry Harrison, members of the Indian Creek Delta Boys spent their early years traveling around central and southern Illinois, meeting older fiddlers and collecting recordings. Much of that music became available to the public for the first time in 2007, when Garry and Jo Burgess published the book and CD set Dear Old Illinois: Traditional Music of Downstate Illinois, a collection of more than 750 traditional fiddle tunes and songs from the region.

Together, Garry’s daughter Genevieve Koester and her mother Gaye Harrison carry on that music and legacy. In this 30-minute prequel to the hands-on instrumental workshops to follow, mother and daughter will talk about that history, share some memories, and conclude by playing a tune together. Genevieve will be interviewed by her apprentice and Old Town School documentarian Mareva Lindo, and Gaye will be interviewed by Chicago mandolin player and event organizer Jay Desrosiers.

Mareva Lindo is a Chicago-based writer, musician and producer of The Archives Podcast at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Jay Desrosiers is a Chicago-based mandolin player, dance musician and event organizer. Both are heavily involved in the Chicago folk music community though such outlets as the Midwest Sing and Stomp, Praire State Ramblers, and Old Lazarus’ Harp.

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