JANUARY 7 "It's All About the Pinery Boys": Historic Sounds from Northwoods
JIM LEARY, DIRECTOR, UW MADISON FOLKLORE PROGRAM
Join Jim Leary to learn about our Scandinavian history. From 1937-1946 folklorists working for the Library of Congress recorded old time lumber camp performers throughout northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This presentation draws from a new book/multi-CD compilation--Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946--to feature digitally restored examples of lively step-dance tunes and songs concerning fierce cold, cheerful toil, sudden death, bad food, and sportin' houses.
Jim Leary, was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and, since the early 1970s, has focused his research on the folklore of the Upper Midwest's diverse peoples, with particular emphases on musical and narrative performances, on pluralism and creolization, and on public folklore. Currently Professor of Folklore and Scandinavian Studies and Director of the Folklore Program at the University of Wisconsin, Leary has done research and production for numerous festivals, museum exhibits, radio programs, documentary sound recordings, and films regarding the folk artistry of Upper Midwesterners. His publications include Minnesota Polka ,Yodeling in Dairyland: A History of Swiss Music in Wisconsin , Down Home Dairyland (with Richard March),So Ole Says to Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest, Polkabilly: How the Goose island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music, and Wisconsin Folklore .