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Burl Ives, Midwestern Minstrel

November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Burl Ives was and is an iconic figure in the annals of American Folk Music and he got his start in the farms & fields of Southern Illinois near the small towns of Hunt City and Newton.

Ives went on to become one of the world’s most well-known folk singers and actors, but never lost his home-town “folksie” touch. He recorded nearly 100 albums in his career and was called America’s Great Ballad Singer by none other than Carl Sandburg. In the 1930’s he was an “official hobo”, traveling the country in boxcars, but went on to become an internationally recognized star. A fixture of the nascent “folk scene” of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s in New York City, Ives continued on to become an Oscar winning actor in 1958’s Big Country and many other films.

In this original program, Ives’ incredible life will play out as our audience learns the “back story” of this fascinating personage and hear many of Burl Ives’ most well-known, well loved folk songs. Ives was and is a true Illinois “home grown icon”.

Barry Cloyd is a touring singer, songwriting, multi-instrumentalist, and historian.

This free event is family friendly and requires no registration.

For additional information, please contact Samantha at or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


November 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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