Thursday, February 23, 2017 78rpm Folk Dance Recordings

A couple of years ago, I came across a collection of MP3s from public domain 78rpm recordings of folk dance music on, along with the code to embed a player in the sidebar of the blog.

But (at least on an ancient Windows XP desktop), it seems to be taking longer and longer to load the page, so hoping to speed things up, I've removed that gadget from the blog.  If you want to access the music directly, here's the link:

Save the Date: Sat Apr 22, 2017 Stone Soup

This year's Argonne Stone Soup Party will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1pm-6pm,
potluck meal around 3:00pm, at St. Paul's UCC Fellowship Hall, 5739 Dunham Rd., Downers Grove, IL
Requested Donation: $5 + Potluck dish to share

Extra workshops in March

In addition to the Balkanske Igre Spring Festival Mar 24-26, 2017 a couple of the teachers who will be in town for that festival will be doing additional workshops in the area:
Thursday, Mar 23, Fermilab will have teaching by Nina Kavardjikova:
Monday, Mar 27, Evanston will have teaching by Ahmet Luleci

Balkanske Igre Spring Fest Mar 24-26, 2017, U of Chgo

Balkanske Igre's 2017 Spring Festival
Fri-Sun, Mar 24-26, 2017
International House, 1414 E 59th St,
Chicago, IL

Friday, February 10, 2017

Navy Pier Neighborhoods of the World Feb 12 - Mar 26

Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier
Sundays 12-4 pm, Free
Feb 12 - Mar 26th, 2017
Crystal Gardens
Folk Music, Dance, Food Crafts

Sunday, February 12: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Sunday, February 19: Celebrate Poland
Sunday, February 26: Celebrate Brazil's Carnival
Sunday, March 5: Celebrate Italy
Sunday, March 12: Celebrate Lithuania
Sunday, March 19: Celebrate Mexico
Sunday, March 26: Celebrate Greece

Saturday, February 4, 2017

U of Chicago Folk Festival Feb 10-11, 2017

Here's the link for this year's University of Chicago Folk Festival:

As of this writing, the workshop schedule isn't posted yet, but we understand that Mary Allsop will be doing a Scandinavian fiddle workshop, and Roo will be doing a Scandinavian dance workshop.  Usually there are various other dance workshops as well as other folk workshops.  The schedule says "On Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12, we will have a series of free daytime workshops in Ida Noyes Hall. Our workshop schedule is still in progress, but workshops can generally be expected to run from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM."
The evening concerts are at Mandel Hall, 8pm Friday Feb 10 and 7:30pm Saturday Feb 11.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Familiar music at the folk ball

For those of you of a certain age (the age where you would have been watching children's TV in the '60s and '70s), who grew up around Chicago, if you were at the Saturday night Folk Ball party in Madison, and you thought the first song that the little girls in Russian costumes danced to sounded familiar, here's why:

UPDATE: more info about the song: