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Folk Music Fest at Gurler House on Saturday

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The sounds of bluegrass, jazz, and Celtic music will fill the air around the historical Gurler House from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This summer marks the 12th annual Gurler Heritage Association Folk Music Fest on the shady lawn of the historic Gurler House, 205 Pine St., in DeKalb. The event will feature three free performances: Dave Balika & Friends playing hammered dulcimer, recorder and string bass (noon to 12:45 p.m.); Last Night’s Fun, an eclectic Celtic group (1 to 2:45 p.m.); and Truman’s Ridge, Chicago-style bluegrass (3 to 4:45 p.m.).

Kicking off the festival at noon, Dave Balika & Friends features Dave on hammered dulcimer, Lynn Cook on recorder and flute, Denny Vaupel on bass, and whoever else might show up. Last Night’s Fun performs traditional Celtic music and song. The band features local musicians performing a variety of early traditional music including dance tunes such as reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes and vocal selections and ballads with interesting harmonies. Performances are upbeat, varied and enjoyable for all ages. Instrumentalists include fiddle, concertina, flute, fife, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bodhran.

Headliners Truman’s Ridge play “lightning fast” bluegrass and gospel music with a Chicago style. The audience will be delighted bythe band’s take on traditional bluegrass. This Sycamore-based group has been nominated in the 12th annual Independent Music Awards for their Celtic-inspired song, “Heather’s Gate.”

In addition to the great group of performers, there will be a food tent featuring Chicago-style hot dogs, chips, home baked treats and cold drinks. This family-friendly open-air event is supported in part by a grant from the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund and sponsored by WNIJ public radio, with additional support by Big John.

The event is free and open to the public, although donations to support the historic house are appreciated. Commemorative buttons and T-shirts will be sold. Bring a blanket or chair and spend a musical afternoon on the shady lawn. In the event of rain, the event will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St., DeKalb.

For more information, call 815-758-4897 or visit www.gurlerhouse.org.

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