On the Wednesday edition of Live and Local, we'll feature two of the 80-plus performers, artists and storytellers participating in the 4th Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk & Roots Festival. Accordion player Ian Griffiths will represent the Canadian "gypsy-ska-roots-grass" group Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. And I'll talk with New Orleans-based singer-songwriter and Cajun fiddler Gina Forsyth.
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The Pacifica Quartet were for nearly ten years the string quartet in residence at the University of Illinois. Now at Indiana University, they will return on Thursday for a concert at the Krannert Center. I'll talk with Pacifica violist Masumi Rostad on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local. And we'll hear local songwriter and mountain dulcimer player Margaret O'Brien, who will play at this weekend's Folk and Roots Festival in Urbana.
The 4th Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival happens November 2 and 3, with more than eighty performers, artists, and storytellers celebrating American roots music, dance, and stories. On the Monday edition of the show, we'll feature the first of several guests performing at the festival, with live music from a program called "Carl Sandburg: Music of the People, Voice of the People."
On the Friday edition of the show, we have a rare opportunity to explore a type of Sufi devotional music called Qawwali, which dates from more than 700 years ago, particularly in Pakistan and India. The Pakistani ensemble Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are in residence this week at Eastern Illinois University and will give a public concert Friday night in Charleston. The brothers will join us live on Live and Local.
A couple of years ago, Live and Local hosted a band called the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, who say they sound like "Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out to breakfast with John Coltrane and gets home in time for golf with Jeff Beck." We'll catch them between gigs in Indy and St. Louis to play for us live on the Thursday edition of Live and Local. Plus, a conversation with pianist Alejandro Ziegler, who brings his tango quartet to the University of Illinois.
Jim Post is an American folk singer, playwright and actor now celebrating his 65th year as a performer. Active in Chicago during the 70s and 80s, when I first heard of him, he has for some years been doing a Mark Twain show, which he's bringing to Champaign on Sunday. I'll talk with Jim Post on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local. And we'll have a live preview of Champaign Central High School's production of the musical Ragtime.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will perform at Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium Tuesday night. Opening for him, and sharing the stage with him, will be singer, songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins, formerly of the Grammy-winning Nickel Creek. I'll talk with Ms. Watkins on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local. And we'll have a live preview of Red Mask Players' production of George Bernard Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man.
Saturday night in Champaign, Sinai Temple and the Creative Dramatics Workshop of Sidney will present Barbara Lebow's play A Shayna Maidel. It's the story of two sisters separated since childhood and reunited in the aftermath of the Holocaust. We'll have a live preview on the Friday edition of Live and Local. And I'll talk with Chester Alwes, music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, who open their season Sunday evening.
Harpeth Rising are a band out of Nashville in the Americana genre. With four classically trained musicians, they play music which sounds, as they say, "a little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, a little bit classical and a whole lot of original." Mixing violin, banjo, hand drums and cello with four-part vocals, Harpeth Rising will perform Friday at noon in Urbana, and they';ll play for us live on the Thursday edition of Live and Local.
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Scottish singer Alyth McCormack and Irish Harpist Triona Marshall have numerous musical projects, including their respective solo careers and regular collaboration with The Chieftains. Together Alyth and Triona perform a timeless program of traditional and contemporary Irish and Scottish music and song. They'll play in Urbana Thursday night, and they'll play for us live on the Wednesday edition of Live and Local.