A Road Scholar Program by Lee Murdock
Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music, a uniquely American maritime music tradition found more than a thousand miles from any salt water. Tracing the settlement of the Great Lakes region, the program includes both maritime history and songs about the people who settled on the Midwestern shores-farmers, lumberjacks, sailors, canallers, family life on the prairie, legends and heroes. Special emphasis will be placed on Chicago and songs of Lake Michigan.
Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on the six and twelve string guitars,
Lee Murdock‘s musical influences span fifteen generations, from 17th
century harp music to Scott Joplin guitar rags to original songs. A student
of traditional music and folklore for over two decades, Lee has released ten
albums heard on radio stations in North America, Europe and Australia.
For more information, please contact Frances Vandervoort, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 773.643.4062.