Come on out and enjoy some FREE workshops at University of Chicago’s 57th annual Folk Festival on Feb 10-11. On Saturday, get in on free daytime workshops such as Scandinavian dance, an in-depth presentation on bagpipes, Shanties, primers on recorders and harmonicas, Shapenote singing, a Barndance or two, Cajun Dance and many more. This is such a wonderful music event, where some of the expected performers include fiddler Liz Carroll, the first American-born composer honored with Ireland’s highest traditional music prize, the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Cumadoir award; Laurence Nugent, senior All-Ireland Champion Flute Player;
Other artists expected to perform include rocking Cajun trio T’Monde; The Bucking Mules; local bluesman Oscar Wilson; and pianist Ethan Leinwand, playing St. Louis prewar blues, Chicago boogie-woogie, New Orleans R&B and Texas barrelhouse blues, among others. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the University of Chicago, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., Chicago. Admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students on Friday and $30 adults, $25 seniors, $10 students on Saturday. CLICK HERE for a schedule of workshops and concerts.