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Featuring Lee Murdock
Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. Taking snapshots from history, his songs summon the listener to take a front-row seat, to look through the eyes and into the hearts of individuals who have shaped our heritage on and around the Great Lakes. His concerts invoke a sense of place, but it is a universal place, and a timeless repertoire that celebrates the North American people, their triumphs and tragedies, work songs and pastimes.
Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on six and twelve string guitars, Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with this flair for storytelling in songs. His musical influences span fifteen generations, and combine original compositions with traditional music.
There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in.
“I’m interested in trying to find the life in these songs; in making music that’s exciting to people today. I am looking for the songs and the interesting stories, not only for the people who already enjoy folk music, but for those who think they don’t like folk music.” ~ Lee Murdock
Lee and Joann Murdock were the recipients of the 2011 Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.
Joann Murdock founded the booking agency, Artists of Note, in 1984, and for more than three decades she has been a dedicated and full-time supporter of the folk arts. In addition to the agency, Joann is a founding member and former Treasurer/Board Member of the Folk Alliance International, and she volunteers her time for many other organizations dedicated to folk music. Not a music maker, Joann plays the computer keyboards and in her spare time she works at fiber arts.
What people are saying about Lee.
“ … bringing a fresh musical sound to the Great Lakes. Not only is he a recording artist, he’s a historian … he has given the Great Lakes the limelight using authentic Great Lakes source material, of the past and the present, as the basis for his music.”— Richard Palmer, in Inland Seas, the Quarterly Journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society (Toledo OH)
“The premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes … Murdock’s regionalist approach does the area proud.”— Paul-Emile Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine
“Your program was our highest attended program or event to date. Our patrons have been raving about your concert! Songs of the great Lakes was entertaining, educational and pure joy!”— St Charles IL Public Library
We hope you enjoy the show! If you miss it — the video will remain in our gallery for viewing after the show.