This weekend, the CU Folk and Roots Festival will present the The Foghorn Stringband with The Dust Busters.
The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, U. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Foghorn Stringband plays old time string band music deeply rooted in the American folk tradition. It's a pre-copyright, post-bluegrass style, but the Foghorns put their own stamp on it. Stephen "Sammy" Lind's fiddle and Caleb Klauder's mandolin play tight unison lead lines supported by Peter Leone's three-finger banjo picking and anchored by the bedrock rhythms of Patrick Lind's rhythm guitar and the bass of Nadine Landry. It's a sound that could be coming to you from a big console radio from a 1930's livingroom or an Appalachian front porch; instead it's being delivered by a group of players from the thriving old time music scene of Portland, Oregon. Proof positive that folk music will remain vital as long as there are folks who want to play it.
The Dust Busters are an old-time string band based out of Brooklyn, New York. They met while playing in a larger band with folk music legends John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders. The Dust Busters strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheeling high energy that characterized early string bands such as The Skillet Lickers, Dykes Magic City Trio, The Mississippi Sheiks and J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, among many others. They are influenced and inspired by the direct fusion of Scots-Irish and African music that took place in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War. By carrying this music forward with authenticity and creativity The Dust Busters make it thoroughly contemporary, meaningful and fun!
Photo is from the Foghorn Stringband's website.