Karen Warren
American Roots Title Sponsor
Chico Schwall's American Roots
Chico Schwall: The Story Is The Song
400 Years of Narrative Ballads
Wed, Feb 19, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
Songs have told stories since there have been songs, epic stories (the Child Ballads), celebrations of legendary characters like John Henry, and news stories (the English "Broadside" ballads, gallows confessionals and true stories of real events, like "Tom Dooley," "Stagolee" and various natural-disaster songs). Sometimes they were humorous songs or work-group pastimes. The tradition has continued and we continue to hear it in more recent songs by Tom T. Hall, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. Chico Schwall's American roots explores the narrative ballad throughout this long and fascinating history.
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, director
Program
PROGRAM (select)
 Sir Patrick Spens #58
(18th c.) The English and Scottish Popular Ballads I
Words & music by traditional Scottish
 Bad Lee Brown
(1922)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Kassie Jones
(1928)
Words & music by traditional U. S. - First recorded by Furry Lewis
 Stack-A-Lee
(1897)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
(1963)
Words & music by Bob Dylan
 Tying Knots In The Devil's Tail
(1900s)
Words & music by traditional U. S.
 Tom Dooley
(1868)
Words by Thomas C. Land - Music by traditional U. S. - First recorded by Frank Noah Proffitt
 The Spring of '65
(1991)
- First recorded by Eddie Rollins
 Watercress-O
(1965)
Words & music by Roger Watson
 Galveston Flood
(1934)
Words & music by traditional U. S. - First recorded by Sin-Killer Griffin
 John Henry
(1939)
- First recorded by Harold B. Hazelhurst
 The Year That Clayton Delaney Died
(1971)
Words & music by Tom T. Hall
 State of Arkansas
(1941)
 Frankie And Johnny
(1912)
Words by Ren Shields - Music by Bert Leighton, Frank Leighton
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
traditional U. S., -
traditional Scottish, -
The Almanac Singers, -
Bob Dylan, -
Sin-Killer Griffin, -
Tom T. Hall, -
Harold B. Hazelhurst, -
Thomas C. Land, -
Bert Leighton, 1877-1964
Frank Leighton, -
Furry Lewis, 1893-1981
Frank Noah Proffitt, 1913-1965
Eddie Rollins, -
Ren Shields, 1868-1913
Roger Watson, -
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Chico Schwall: The Story Is The Song Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
B15.00  13.50  12.75  12.00  7.50 
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