URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival will present the Foghorn Stringband at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Iron Post with special guests The Yellow Jacket Stringband.
The cover charge is $10. The Iron Post is at 120 S. Race St., U.
The Foghorn Stringband, based in Portland, Ore., plays string band music that was commonly heard on Southern radio stations in the 1930s. Performing live, multi-instrumentalists in the band gather around a single microphone, balancing their sound on the fly to create the rarest of music: Songs that are virtuosic and intimately handcrafted.
From their origin in Portland's underground roots music scene, the core of "Foghorn is a favorite in Champaign-Urbana, mesmerizing audiences with their songs and wowing them with their powerful renditions of traditional fiddle tunes," said Ed Hawkes of the Folk & Roots Festival. "This will be their third visit to C-U, and they've consistently drawn a packed house."
Although the Yellow Jacket Stringband is new in town, the members are familiar here. For this event, the band will consist of Tom Turino, Kate Fritz and a guest, playing an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish and Cape Breton tunes.
Turino has been involved in the local music scene for years and currently performs with his son, Matt, in the contra dance band Euphor and the Cornstalkers Cajun Band. Fritz studied Scottish fiddle with Alasdair Fraser. Originally from the Bay area, she moved to Urbana to work with Dr. Patch Adams. She has performed with local musicians and opened for April Verch last year at the Independent Media Center. She is becoming an accomplished banjo player as well.