American Songbag 2
Chico Schwall's American Roots
American Songbag
Wed Nov 10, 7:30-9:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
Paragon BioTeck
Season Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
Karen Warren
American Roots sponsor
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Chico Schwall opens the 7th season of American Roots with an inquiry into the American poetical voice and its roots in folk song. "This idea first came to me," Chico recalls, "when I picked up an edition of Carl Sandburg's 1927 classic folk song collection American Songbag. It's a 1950 edition (with an introduction by Bing Crosby!) and the cover has a picture of the poet with a bow tie and a guitar. Sandburg was both a literary poet and an amateur collector of folk songs. Swapped manuscripts with John Lomax. I'm thinking about an evening of songs with beautiful poetry ("The Water Is Wide", "Down the Dirt Road Blues", etc.) combined with short readings from Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Lawrence Ferlenghetti, Emily Dickinson, William Stafford, etc., showing the interaction between vernacular song and literary writing. Mark Twain wrote a piece once on how Americans tell a joke very differently from how Europeans do. We have our own literary voice, and as I once told Ginevra, John Hurt is as much an example as Herman Melville. It could be a really fun show,with lots of variety and a focus, like the last one, on cool texts…"
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, director
Chico Schwall, guitar, banjo & singing
Corwin Bolt, bass, tub bass & guitar
Samuel Mitchell, piano & guitar
 Where Did You Get That Hat
(1888) Joseph J. Sullivan (w/m)
 Times Getting' Hard, Boys
(1927) The American Songbag traditional U. S. (w/m)
 The Colorado Trail
(1927) The American Songbag traditional U. S. (w/m)
(1927) The American Songbag traditional U. S. (w/m)
 My Name Is John Johanna
(1927) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 The Housewife's Lament
(1871) Eliza Sproat Turner (w)
 This Guitar Is Not For Sale
(1977) Shel Silverstein, Fred Koller (w/m)
 Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
(1930) Herbert Buffum (w/m)
 The Wayfaring Stranger
(1858) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 Hallelujah, I'm A Bum!
(1928) Jack Waite (w/m)
 The Sow Took The Measles
(1931) Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands traditional U. S. (w/m)
 The Spring of '65
 The Water Is Wide
(1906) Folk Songs From Somerset traditional English (w/m) [based on Waly, Waly, Gin Love Be Bonny]
 The Golden Vanity (286)

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American Songbag Ticket Prices
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A19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
B15.00  13.50  12.75  12.00  7.50 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
Paragon BioTeck
Season Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor