Artist / Program Description:
Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes region. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard work, hard-living, ships that go down and ships that come in. The music is grounded in the work-song tradition, from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Murdock comes alongside with ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk style. Making folk music for the modern era, Murdock’s work is a documentary and an anthem to the people who live, work, learn, and play along the freshwater highways of North America.
Repertoire includes traditional and original folk songs that put Illinois and Great Lakes history into the human perspective, not only maritime. Lee is available for solo performances or with a three-piece band. Folk Songs of the Great Lakes Region, a forty-five to fifty-five minute educational performance for K-12, includes songs from the heritage of Illinois and the Great Lakes – its settlers, farmers, industry, shipping, travel, and leisure-time activities. Special topics for libraries and humanities/historical groups include Great Lakes Ghosts, Lighthouse Legends, Sea Shanty Workshops, and The Christmas Tree Ship Concert.