Songbag Concert Series
A monthly concert series presented by the Carl
Sandburg Historic Site Association in the
"Barn" at Carl Sandburg's Birthplace, in an
intimate smoke-free and alcohol-free environment,
showcasing acoustic music in the traditional and
folk style. 313 E 3rd Street, Galesburg IL,
(309) 342-2361. The concerts are free and open
to the public, however a $5.00 donation is
greatly appreciated. All shows start at 7:00pm.
February 27, 2016
The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site
will bring a little tropical warmth to the
Illinois winter with its first “Songbag” concert
of 2016: the Hawaiian sounds of “The Wacky
The Wacky Keys are a three-piece Hawaiian band
that plays traditional Hawaiian music but also
swing, pop, country and more.
The Feb. 27 concert takes place in the Sandburg
Site’s Barn at 313 E. Third Street, Galesburg.
The show starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 with a
break for refreshments around 8. A donation of
$5 per person is suggested.
The Wacky Keys are Diane Norman on guitar, Dave
"DK" Kolars on Hawaiian lap steel guitar and
Mike Warfel playing bass. Visit
www.davekolars.com for more
The concert is sponsored by the Carl Sandburg
Historic Site Association and the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency. Ann Mueller, a
member of the Association’s board, will serve as
host for the concert.
Before each concert, a “Sandburg reader”
presents a piece of the famed author’s work. It
could be poetry, prose or perhaps a selection
from his autobiography. Sarah Pawlicki, a Knox
College student and Site volunteer, will be the
reader at this concert.
Carl Sandburg was a collector and performer of
America’s folk songs. The series is named in
honor of Sandburg’s book “The American Songbag,”
published in 1927.
March 26, 2016
Dry Rock & Roll Band
The rock trio DRY will unplug on March 26
for an acoustic performance in the Carl Sandburg
State Historic Site’s “Songbag” concert series.
DRY plays its own songs as well as covers ranging
from the Beatles to AC/DC to Green Day.
The March 26
concert takes place in the Sandburg site’s barn
at 313 E. Third Street, Galesburg. The show
starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 with a break for
refreshments around 8. A donation of $5 per
person is suggested.
Reader for this concert will be Luz Nuncio
Schick. She will read Sandburg poems in
both Spanish and English.
The members of
DRY are Sean Kistler (vocals/guitar), Jim Morgan
(bass) and Brandon Merry (drums). DRY was
founded in 1995, and this line-up has been
together since 1998. Visit
www.dryband.com for more
DRY is known for live performances
filled with lots of rock & roll energy and
improvisation. This unplugged performance may
lower the volume but not the fun.
April 30, 2016
Roundstone Buskers are Tom Jones, Bruce Burton
and Shannan Sullivan. Originally formed in
2001, and named after Roundstone, Ireland, the
hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy
Kearns, the "Buskers" consisted of Shannan
Sullivan (fiddle), Tom Jones
bodhran/percussion/whistles) & Tom Grafton
(guitar/ hammer dulcimer). The original trio
played through 2003, released a successful
self-titled CD and eventually disbanded yet
remained good friends.
Later that year, Shannan and
guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bruce Burton
started a duo simply named SullivanBurton. They
played through 2007 and released the CD, “Monkey
Bars” which won praise from Dirty Linen
magazine. In 2007, Tom Jones joined Bruce and
Shannan and the three restarted the Roundstone
"The Buskers" have not looked back since
regaining their name becoming somewhat of an
acoustic power trio claiming traditional and
contemporary celtic as part of their sound. They
have been called "cheeky", "punxy" and "on
point" and they are fine with that.
They all sing, they all play, but most
importantly.....they all listen.
May 28, 2016
grateful to John Heasly
who has coordinated the Songbag Concert
Series for so many years for the Association.
John is taking a well-deserved break from coordinating the Songbag Concerts
and the CSHSA's Songbag Committee (Gary Wagle, chair)
will be coordinating the future Songbag Concerts.
Thanks again to John Heasly for his talent and
leadership in making the Songbag Concerts
at the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site a success!
A donation of $5.00 per
person is suggested as the door (or gate)
entry fee. These door receipts go to the
Songbag Concert performers to supplement a base
amount paid by the Carl Sandburg Historic Site
Association. If you enjoy the concert,
please be generous in support of our performers.
Songbag Concert Series performers and
refreshment costs are underwritten by the Carl
Sandburg Historic Site Association and its
members at a cost of approximately $2,500 per
year. If you would like to support the Songbag
Concert Series, become a member of the
Association, and/or feel free to make a donation
to the Carl
Sandburg Historic Site Association, PO Box 585,
Galesburg, IL 61402-0585.