Today’s session is a special one. As you’ll hear in the video, Gaye Harrison was one of a group of individuals whom, in the late 70s and early 80s, worked to compile a collection of Illinois folk music. The collection is titled Dear Old Illinois: traditional music of downstate Illinois (by Garry Harrison) and was published as large book of the collected fiddle tunes and was accompanied by three CDs. The original collecting activity was funded by a grant to the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University, and was administered by Garry Harrison. This collection is now housed in the Library of Congress.
I’m inspired by Gaye’s work and enchanted by her lovely violin. She plays “Humpback Mule”.