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Friday, May 26, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Willie Watson

with special guest Nokosee Fields

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

For over two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He's a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. From his early days as a founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show to his current work as a solo artist, he is a celebrated musician with a rich vocal range, a top interpreter of the folk canon and a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist.


Nokosee Fields

Nokosee Fields will be joined by Reed Stutz and Ryan Nickerson playing old time tunes and songs.

Over the last few years, musician, artist and collaborator Nokosee Fields has proven himself to be one of the most provocative, significant and capable voices in the North American traditional music scene. As a leading fiddler and interpreter in the traditional music scene, Nokosee reconciles tradition with creativity, challenging colonialist, capitalist structures and systems with the richness of his experience and upbringing as a member of the Osage, Creek and Cherokee Nations.

The great nephew of celebrated Cherokee fiddler Sam O'Fields, Nokosee carries a long-standing Cherokee fiddling tradition into the present. He lovingly and playfully reimagines tradition with skills and sensitivity. He has won prestigious contests in the United States and has performed and taught at flagship festivals and workshops. His recent DIY sourcerror project, released anonymously online, delivers fresh interpretations of older North American fiddle repertoire, and explores the relationships between the archive and embodied performance. Nokosee also recently obtained grant funding to record an album of rare Indigenous, Black, and white fiddle repertoire from North America with his band BOOJUM.

Beyond his fiddling, he works as a touring musician, playing bass in the country band Western Centuries and in top-tier Old-time bands Hard Drive and the Onlies. An in-demand recording artist and performer, he has recorded and worked alongside some of the most well-known artists in the field, including Tim O'Brien and Dirk Powell. [The World's Music at Oxford]