Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the
Great Lakes. The music is grounded in the work song tradition from
the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Great
Lakes songs are made of hard work, hard living, ships that go down
and ships that come in. There is a timelessness in this music.
With a deeper understanding of the folk process, Murdock's
repertoire combines historical research and contemporary insights.
Making folk music for the modern era, Murdock comes alongside with
ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk
style. His work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people
who live, work, learn and play along the shores of the Great Lakes
The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is hosted by singer-songwriter
Chris Vallillo. Concerts are scheduled for the third Saturday of
each month at Dickson Mounds Museum and begin at 7:30 p.m. The
museum lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. Coffee, drinks and a variety of
desserts are available during intermission.
There is an admission charge of $5 per adult and $3 for children
under 12. Sitting is limited to the first 150 people.
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The Dickson Mounds branch of the Illinois State Museum is located
between Lewistown and Havana, off Routes 78 and 97. The museum is
open free to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Tours
and special programs are available for groups with reservations. For
more information call 309-547-3721 or TTY 217-782-9175 or visit the
museum's website at
[Text from file received from
Dickson Mounds Museum]