CHARLESTON — Genevieve Harrison Koester and Mareva Lindo will host a fiddle tune concert and square dance in celebration of the completion of their Illinois Arts Council Master / Apprentice Program (MAP) grant on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7-10 p.m. at the McGrady Inn, 803 Sixth Street in Charleston, Illinois. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
For the finale, they wanted to bring the music back to where it all began: Charleston, the town where Genevieve and her father grew up, and where her mother Gaye Harrison continues to live and play music today. The night will begin with a concert featuring fiddle tunes and songs, along with some of the stories behind the music. The night will culminate in a square dance featuring White Mule, Prairie State Ramblers, and friends. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. and the Square Dance featuring White Mule, Prairie State Ramblers, and friends at 9 p.m.
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As the ”Master” in the MAP program, Genevieve has been teaching Mareva tunes collected and written by Genevieve's father, the late Garry Harrison of Charleston. In addition to sharing tunes, sessions included fiddle techniques and oral history of the collecting process that began in the 1970s with the Harrison family and friends visiting old time musicians throughout central and southern Illinois. A large portion of the field tapes were converted to print music and a three CD set, titled "Dear Old Illinois," available online at CDbaby.com.
Mareva Lindo tours nationally with vocal duo Spitzer & Mareva, and regularly plays contra and square dances with old-time string band Prairie State Ramblers. She is a co-director of the Midwest Sing & Stomp, and regularly produces concerts and dances around Chicago.
Each year, the Illinois Arts Council recognizes twelve master artists throughout the state, with monetary awards to instruct their chosen apprentices through intensive one-on-one sessions. The Master Apprentice program (MAP) acknowledges the need for structured opportunities to pass on traditional, folk, and classical ethnic arts as part of the preservation of Illinois’ cultural heritage. MAP is made possible with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.