MFS Members’ URLs and Emails:
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Cathy and Dave with the late Bob Dyer
PO Box 33
Professional folk musicians, these two also collect traditional songs, and Cathy is a practitioner of folk art. Click here to read Margot McMillen’s review in the Columbia Daily Tribune of Cathy and Dave’s latest CD.
Cathy Barton and Dave Para announce the release of their 14thalbum, “Sweet Journeys”. For more info, click here.
Paul “Pablo” Baum
Thurlow Lieurance with three Native American Indians, one of whom plays a courting flute, 1922
Acquired from Thurlow Lieurance, Lincoln, Nebraska, 29 May 1922.
From the Dayton Miller Flute Collection:http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/dcmhtml/phot.html
Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Heritage & Preservation Division
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
A past president of the Society and member of Old Mines Area Historical Society and DC Area Blues Society, Barry Bergey’s long and distinguished resume includes service as consultant to the Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange on a long-term project to conserve traditional arts and minority culture in Yunan Province, China. He also contributed a chapter on music and public policy in the United States and Canada to the recently published Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. He has chaired the nominating commmittee for the American Folklore Society, and was State Folk Arts Coordinator at the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center based at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1983-85, where he was responsible for initiating a statewide traditional arts apprenticeship program and a statewide touring and performance series. In that capacity, he also curated a touring exhibition on a 19th century housebarn in rural Franklin County near New Haven, Missouri, where he grew up. Previously, Bergey founded the Missouri Friends of the Folk Arts, an organization that sponsored the annual Frontier Folklife Festival at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and produced The Missouri Tradition , a public radio program. He also taught courses on the blues and on American folk music at Washington University in St. Louis.
Judy Domeny Bowen
PO Box 3791
Springfield, MO 65808
Elementary Art Teacher at Willard South Elementary in Willard, MO
click here to go to Judy’s website
A message from Judy:
Check this out–you can hear a bit of my song “Hazel’s Auction” and see me playing it on radio station KRCU’s web site. This Cape Girardeau, MO radio station taped 2 hours worth of my music…. Two shows will be broadcast sometime later this spring on the show Your Folk Connection . Check out my song at: http://www.yourfolkconnection.org . The song takes several minutes to download. This is a first for me to be in a bit of a video over the internet, so it seems pretty cool to me tonight!
buy these directly from Judy; shipping is $2.50, whether you buy 1 or 100!
Calling Me Back: Folk Music of the Ozarks
Yesterday’s News: Folk Music of the Ozarks
These two cassettes can be ordered for $10.00 each
Teacher Therapy: Funny Songs For Teachers
Available in cassette ($10.00) or CD ($15.00); also available at amazon.com.
Interests outside of folklore: wrestling, belly dancing, exploratory surgery, nuclear physics, dog food tester.
Asst. Professor of Anthropology
Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P.O. Box 40198
Lafayette, LA 70504-0198
Ray, Amy, Stephanie
134 Shadyside Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70506
Down here in New Orleans, we are enjoying our southern nest but missing many friends. Best
wishes to all!
Sharon E. Brock, MLS, CA
308-D Granada Boulevard
Columbia, Missouri 65203-4440
Received a BA in History in 1979 from the University of Louisville and a Master’s of Library Science, Archival concentration from the University of Kentucky in 1997. Processing Archivist for the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative at the Missouri State Archives, Office of the Missouri Secretary of State. Member of the Midwest Archives Conference, Society of American Archivists, Academy of Certified Archivists, and Missouri Folklore Society.
Outside interests include quilting and related textile arts; folk music, especially Celtic/Gaelic and Bluegrass; amateur genealogist; gardener; fanatic University of Kentucky basketball devotee and rabid Denver Bronco fan; human companion to cats, Mystic and Tiglet; voracious reader; and grandmother to Cynthia Marie, age 10; Alexandria Marie (aka Allie), age 7, and Michael, age 5.
Jefferson City, Missouri
Writer and photographer Robyn Burnett is a Reference Archivist with the Missouri State Archives. With her husband Ken Luebbering she is co-author of German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways and Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri (both published by the University of Missouri Press as part of the Missouri Heritage Readers Series). Robyn and Ken also co-authored an on-line interpretive exhibit, Gospels in Glass: Stained Glass Windows in Missouri Churches, and a book of the same title (Pebble Publishing, Rocheport, MO).
Robyn and Ken are available for programs on German immigrants, immigrant women, and stained glass windows in Missouri churches. Please call or email for details.
from St. Patrick’s Church, Rolla. Photo by Robyn Burnett, fromGospels in Glass.
Don and Mim Carlson
Longtime members of MFS, past co-presidents of the Kansas Folklore Society, musicians extraordinary.
P.O. Box 802
From the professional profile at StorytellerNet:
“Gladys Coggswell is nationally recognized as one of America’s most extraordinary and versatile award winning storytellers. Often referred to as a one woman industry, Coggswell also effectively functions as radio producer/director/host, educator, lecturer, vocalist, dramatic historian, folklorist, researcher, organizer, editor, consultant and mentor to storytelling hopefuls.
She is the founder of “By Word of Mouth” Storytelling Guild who combines the role of educator and entertainer at festivals, schools, professional development training seminars and writers’ conferences.
Her color-and-keep storybook for children “Why There Are No Dragons” contains a valuable lesson on respect for self and others. Her workshops have been applauded by professionals and non-professionals.”
- O. Box # 56
Frankford, MO 63441
Phone: (573) 784-2589
Fax: (573) 784-2364
707 E. Normal St.
Kirksville, MO 63501
Interests: contemporary communities which are formed due to the vastness of the nation and family dispersement; folk art and crafts; original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing; sourdough breadbaking and pie-making; crocheting; sewing and quilting;distance running; reading; and movies/pop culture.
Adam Brooke Davis
associate professor of English,
Truman State University
McClain Hall 314a,
Kirksville MO 63501
Specialties: folklore, linguistics, medieval studies, oral tradition, original fiction and poetry. Webmaster for the Missouri Folklore Society, member, Board of Trustees, Missouri Archaeological Society.
A specialist in literature of the Indian subcontinent, Betsy also teaches folklore, writing, Shakespeare and a variety of other courses at Truman State University
Although Bob is no longer with us, he’ll always be a member of MFS
Steamboatman, storyteller, teacher, scholar, writer, performer and collector of songs old and new, traditional and original. Check out Bob’s latest album, River Runs Outside My Door .
Or another favorite, River of the big Canoes
email Bob Dyer or call him at 660-882-3353.
724 S. Whitmer St.
Richmond, Mo 64085
interests include EDSON genealogy:
Clyde and Liz Faries
1554 Napoleon Dr.
Bonne Terre, MO 63628
interests include golf, folk music, murder mysteries and theater
John C. Fisher
201 Westgate Ave.
Kennett, MO 63857
Paul and Win Grace, Leela and Ellie Grace
“There’s a certain kind of music that gets in your feet and makes them tap up and down. It gets in your hands and you can’t keep them from clapping to the beat. Then it gets in your head and you find yourself humming spontaneously at the oddest times. You must be listening to Paul and Win Grace.
The Columbia couple has been singing and playing music together since 1974. They’ve been married since 1976. The multi-talented duo gather new fans wherever they perform in the United States and Canada. Win plays the piano accordion, autoharp, and piano. Paul is proficient on the fiddle, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. “We play the people’s music,” says Win. “It’s not complicated or difficult to play. It’s the kind people have always played when they sat around the campfire or in the parlor.”
Leela and Ellie onstage
Their recently released album, Love’s Lasting Light, clebrates the couple’s twenty-fifth anniversary and includes their daughters, Ellie and Leela , on a few songs. “Music,” says Paul, “is a common thread that we share a love and a passion for and it gives our family something fun to do when we’re sitting around at home or going to a party.”
Reproduced, by permission, from Missouri Life, with thanks to Carol Moczygemba
photo by Ron Gurule
UPDATED CALENDAR ON THE INTERNET!!
Our updated calendar is posted monthly (updated at the end of each month) in
1. Through Dirty Linen on the Web, updated monthly:
2. On our web page: http://www.folkfire.org/graces/
Feel free to e-mail us if you would like to request an updated calendar by
e-mail or if you would like to have your e-mail added to our monthly
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You can order Paul and Win CDs or tapes from their website , or by writing or calling:
Paul & Win Grace
11990 Barnes Chapel Rd.
Columbia, MO 65201-8857
Phone: (573) 443-2819
Fax: (573) 817-2781
e-mail: New as of 3/1/00!
Paul & Win: Win@GraceFamilyMusic.com
Leela Grace: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie Grace: email@example.com
Check out samples of our music at: http://www.digitalphono.com
Note: All of our indoor performances are in non-smoking venues.
All performances are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please call
schools regarding attending school programs.
Betty Craker Henderson
840 S. Eisenhower
Monett MO 65708
freelance writer, musician/ entertainer: storytelling and folklore
Ginger Scott Hendrickson
PO Box 1013
Stockton, MO 65785
Bob & Ginger Hendrickson lost their downtown Stockton, Missouri business/home in the tornado. The Hendricksons had opened a framing business at street level on the square and were remodeling the loft upstairs, where they lived. According to a mutual friend, Bob & Ginger were in the cellar during the storm and looked up to see daylight through the cellar ceiling.
Lisa Higgins found a story online that actually includes a picture of Bob & Ginger in front of their store: “I can’t believe that they are smiling, but it’s a welcome sight.” You can read it here:
Many of you have heard that longtime MFS member Jim Hickam passed away on September 5, 2008. His humor, his songs, his knowledge, his goofy smile will be missed sorely by so many of us. His passing will leave a hole in our MFS meetings.
A retired school teacher, James Hickam lived on the family farm in a rural area north of Jackson, Missouri. Located on the farm is the shell of a farmhouse built by slaves in 1827 . He co-hosted an hour-long folk music program every Saturday on the local public radio station, KRCU FM: “Our radio program has a web site that has pictures of myself and my two co-hosts (both of whom are members of the society: Barney Hartline and Terry Wright of Cape Girardeau).”
A member of the Shade Tree Folk Company, he and friends performed at some of the state parks, Fall festivals, charity events, and private parties in the general area. An amateur astronomer, he taught a short class in astronomy at Southeast Missouri State University as part of their Horizons Summer program for kids ages 10 through 16. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Kim’s new book White Man’s Heaven: The Lynching and Expulsion of Blacks in the Southern Ozarks, 1894–1909, was just published by the University of Arkansas Press.You can read more about it here:http://www.uapress.com/titles/fa10/harper.html
You can read more about it here: http://www.uapress.com/titles/fa10/harper.html
1831 College Avenue
Quincy, IL 62301
The author of Wildcat Whistle, Phil Hoebing is a Franciscan, a Quincy University philosophy professor, a storyteller, and a folklorist.
Dr. Antonio Holland
310 Founders’ Hall
Lincoln University of Missouri
820 Chestnut St.,
Professor Holland is chairman of the division of social and behavorial sciences at Lincoln University, and author of numerous articles, as well as the following books:
Missouri’s Black Heritage (co-authored with Lorenzo J. Greene and G. Kremer), St. Louis Forum Press, 1980;
Missouri’s Black Heritage, Revised Edition (co-authored with Lorenzo J. Greene and G. Kremer), University of Missouri-Columbia Press, 1993;
The Soldier’s Dream Continued: A Pictorial History of Lincoln University of Missouri,Jefferson City: Lincoln University Press, 1991
Dr. James F. Hoy
Professor of English, Emporia State University
404R Plumb Hall
Specialities include folklore, American Studies, medieval studies; in 1996, Dr. Hoy was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Rosemary Hyde (Thomas)
Longtime MFS board member, scholar of the Old Mines Region, its people and ways, recently retired from St. Louis County Community College and living in Berkeley, CA.
Rosemary Hyde Thomas, “Traditional Types of Nicknames in a Missouri French Creole Community
MFSJ, Volume 2, 1980
It’s Good to Tell You. French Folktales from Missouri . Illustrated by Ronald W. Thomas. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 1981. Synopsis: Storytelling was the main form of entertainment during the colonial period and through the 19th century in the French settlements of Missouri. These stories collected in the local dialect in the 1930’s have retained the themes, form, and flavor of French folktales going back to the medieval period.
Also of interest on this topic:
Tales from French Folklore of Missouri
by Joseph M. Carriere, Joseph Medard Carriere
Hardcover: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.00 x 5.75
Publisher: AMS Press; Reprint edition (June 1979)
Traditional Uses of Wild Plants of Missouri . by Rosemary Hyde Thomas. Available for $8.00 from Missouri Folklore Society, Box 1757, Columbia, MO 65205. Contains information about food plants, medicinal plants, plants used in natural dyeing and others.
Retired community college teacher, living in Kansas City; still teaching part time, and fishing.
Don and Judith King
Box 1010 Lake Sherwood, MO
(636) 398-4701 (home)
(314) 977-2785 (office/messages)
Jefferson City, Missouri
Ken was a member of the English faculty at Lincoln University in Jefferson City for more than twenty years. He has had three Fulbright lectureships in American Studies, one in Poland (1989-90) and two in Norway (2002-03 and 2003-04).
With Robyn Burnett, he is co-author is co-author of German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways and Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri (both published by the University of Missouri Press as part of the Missouri Heritage Readers Series). Robyn and Ken also co-authored an on-line interpretive exhibit, Gospels in Glass: Stained Glass Windows in Missouri Churches, and a book of the same title (Pebble Publishing,Rocheport, MO).
Robyn and Ken are available for programs on German immigrants, immigrant women, and stained glass windows in Missouri churches. Please call or email for details.
Howard Wight Marshall
Chair, Dept of Art History and Archaeology,
University of Missouri,
“Professor Howard Marshall has been around fiddle music since he was knee high to a row of Missouri corn. He began to study the technique himself in the late 1960s. What may appear to be an unusual avocation for a professor fits with Marshall’s interest in folklife studies, Missouri history and historic preservation.
The department chair of art history and archaeology, Marshall was the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Jefferson Club’s 28th annual dinner at MU in April. He did his part of the “lecturing” at the formal occasion with a violin tucked expertly under his chin. The verbal part of his lecture covered Thomas Jefferson’s fiddling and aspects of Missouri’s heritage in traditional violin music.
No exception to family tradition, Marshall does what comes naturally because there have been fiddlers in the Marshall family since the early 19th century.
He and his wife, Margot McMillen, live the country life on their farm near Fulton, MO, where they raise pure-bred cattle, horses and sheep. The couple co-hosts “Farm and Fiddle,” a local radio program heard Wednesday evenings on Columbia’s KOPN.
A dedicated conservationist of Missouri’s traditional music, Marshall was project leader for the documentary album “Now That’s a Good Tune: Masters of Traditional Missouri Fiddling,” which garnered two Grammy Award finalist nominations for MU in 1989. His new recording, “Fiddling Missouri,” holds two 1999 Grammy Award nominations: best traditional folk album and best album notes.”
-reproduced with permission from Mosaics (University of Missouri-Columbia), with special thanks to Dean Ted Tarkow
I present programs, workshops, and concerts of various kinds that explain and illustrate, with live music, the story of the violin and the development of traditional fiddle music in Missouri history and culture.
For examples of my own fiddling, see “Fiddling Missouri”, a 1999 CD and cassette on the Voyager label (order from Voyager Records,or contact me at address below). The album notes were nominated for a Grammy Award. Also, you can hear a bit of my fiddling on Cathy Barton and Dave Para’s “Johnny Whistletrigger” album, and on several other recordings.
Howard (Rusty) Marshall
Missouri Interpretive Materials
PO Box 1762
Columbia MO 65251
HOWARD MARSHALL has been busy working on books on Missouri architecture and doing fiddle-related activities. His latest research undertaking is a book on Missouri barns. If you know of barns worthy of notice, please inform Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org . MFS member Carrie Watson-Coalier is Howard’s research assistant on the project, in cooperation with Rural Missouri Magazine. In February, Howard and Kenny Applebee presented a fiddle history program at the University of Illinois-Springfield, and they are interested in doing more such programs. Howard recently produced a CD of Moberly fiddler Leroy Canaday for the Voyager company, and this CD is available from Voyager’s web site (www.voyagerrecords.com) or from Marshall. Howard’s next Missouri fiddle CD will feature Billy Lee of Wright City. On March 9, Marshall and other MFS members helped mount a Pete McMahan Memorial Fiddlers Reunion, Contest, and Barn Dance in Harrisburg to honor the late fiddler Pete McMahan. Highlights of the McMahan memorial event were Ellie Grace’s clog dancing workshop and the awarding of Pete’s old contest trophies (donated by Sarah McMahan) to each of the fiddlers in the contest. A similar event to honor fiddler Taylor McBaine will be held at the Columbia Fall Heritage Festival on September 21.
Click here to go to Rural Missouri, and read about Howard’s latest book, Barns of Missouri — a beautiful volume you’ll want for your very own.
Ellen Gray Massey
Writer, teacher and speaker , author of eleven novels and founding editor of the famousBittersweet project to document vanishing folkways of the Ozarks. Click here to read the article about this valued member of the Missouri Folklore Society from American Profiles.
Margot Ford McMillen
Past co-president of the Missouri Folklore Society. Read Margot McMillen’s
columns about rural life and culture at http://www.populist.com
Margot is the author of Paris, Tightwad and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names
and A to Z Missouri: The Dictionary of Missouri Place-Names
and along with Heather Roberson, co-author of Called to Courage: Four Women in Missouri History .
You can read her account of the coming of Daniel Boone’s family to Missouri at the Missouri Department of Conservation
Mary Ruth Moon
311 N. Jefferson St.
Farmington, MO 63640-1739
605 Hillsboro Road
Farmington, MO 63640
HCR 63 Box 59
with Dianne Moran
An award-winning storyteller, Dianne Moran relives her passion for history and nature as she performs her Living History programs throughout the midwest. People say “she not only talks the talk of our ancestors, but she walks the walk as well.” Dianne lives deep in the Missouri Ozarks, where she owns Earth Ways Farm, an environmental camp for lovers of wild things and the primitive life. All programs include documented stories, historic dress, memorabilia and relics. Live animals and mountain dulcimer music are optional. The Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council and Young Audiences of St. Louis have offered grants for her programs “Sacagawea,” “Civil War,” “Revolutionary War,” “Ozark Pioneer,” “Colonial Midwest,” “Great Literature of Tolstoy, Steinbeck,” etc. An audience member present at one of her programs later wrote, “…her voice was rich and captivating, so wonderful was her story, that it seemed she was talking only to me.” Music/story collaboratives are also available and feature the lilting flute of Wolfs Robe accompanying in full regalia and the poignant music of musician/songstress Pat Frank. Dianne Moran’s Living History — a total sensory experience — come, journey back with me.Tapes and CDs are available.
Dianne is now listed with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Speakers’ Bureau, New programs include: “Jessie Tarbox Beals and the1904 World’s Fair” and “Zerelda James, Frank and Jesse’s Mama”
President, West Plains Council on the Arts
Peter’s a retired archaeologist, Belia a former schoolteacher. Both enjoy reading, writing.Publications include:
Nichols, Peter, and Belia Nichols 1988 Archaeology: the Study of the Past. Hendrick-Long Publishing, Dallas.
Dr. Fred R. Pfister
Editor, The Ozarks Mountaineer
P. O. Box 20
Kirbyville, MO 65679
815 Lee St.
Branson, MO 65616
Brett Rogers resides in Boonville, where his family has lived for six generations. He received a B.S. in Social Studies Education and an M.A. in History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he is currently finishing his Ph.D. in African-American History. He teaches at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, and has authored various articles on African American culture in Missouri. At present, he is engaged in the fourth and final phase of a Missouri Department of Natural Resources historic architecture survey that documents the social and material history of all remaining rural and small-town African-American schools in the state. Together with his colleague Gary Kremer, he is also assembling and editing a collection of essays about African-American community life in Missouri and is collaborating with the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, St. Louis, to nominate the oldest commercial black cemetery in the state for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
When he’s not measuring old buildings, conducting oral interviews or transporting children to soccer practice, you’ll likely find him on a creek bank or in a deer stand.
You can read his essay “Excavations at Little Africa – A Missouri Freedmen’s Community” in
African-American Archaeology: Newsletter of the African-American Archaeology Network
Photo: Brett Rogers in front of a corn crib on the Lärm farmstead, Cape Co., MO.
He has also given such talks as “Still Back of the Big House: The Architecture of Slavery in Missouri’s Little Dixie” and “’We Didn’t Get Too Far, But We Made Good With What Little We Got’: African American Education in Rural Missouri”
Irvin and Carol Rice
3507 Mt. Ranier Dr
Louisville, KY 40241
Carol enjoys art — collecting, appreciating, occasionally producing, as well as cooking. Irvin plays chess and golf and collects pocket-kinives issued as advertisements for presidential candidates. He also composes folk-type original songs no one wants to hear a second time. A retired High School principal and public school administrator, Irvin writes philosophical analyses of contemporary social issues which he claims no one reads.
Semi-Luddites, the Rices refuse on principle to get an email address.
Irvin Rice: Rice, Corn and Autumn Gold
“The contents of this trash bin of quasi-musical doggerels are original compositions (or decompositions) by Irvin Rice. Rice came to the project of music late and inept. Incompetent as an instrumentalist, he can sing well enough to carry a tune. His real project is to offer entertainment, diversion, or at least passing amusement by attempting to utilize the medium of folk style music as an expression of some of his observations about life and our complete inability to make sense of it. As a student of philosophy for his whole life he has come to the conclusion that the meaning of life is laughter and regular bowel movements. As long as the number of remaining years of our lives dwindles we are forced to make one of life’s most significant choices: whether to laugh or to cry. These crude attempts at song help the listener to frame and appreciate that question.”
Copies and performance information: (502) 423-0266
3507 Mt. Rainier Drive
Director, Graduate Studies Center, Quincy University, 1994 – present
Director, Institute for Learning at Quincy University, 1990 – present
Feature writer, Quincy Merchant, 1992 – present
Director, Discovery!/QUEST, Quincy University, 1985 – present
John’s homepage at Quincy University
Professor of English at Quincy University, Director of Ameritech Center for Communications, Faculty Advisor of Internship Programs.
Sadly, John passed away February 24, 2014. He will be much missed.
John is one of the trustees of the estate of Harry Middleton Hyatt, the Quincy-born Anglican minister, folklorist and author of Hoodoo – Conjuration – Witchcraft – Rootwork
Dolf and Becky Schroeder
Dolf is retired from teaching German at MU. Becky continues to work with the University Missouri Press, as general editor of the Missouri Heritage Readers Series.
Please contribute to the Rebecca B. and Adolph E. Schroeder Endowment Fund — to honor the two people most responsible for the revival of the Missouri Folklore Society. Download a copy of the letter, copy it and send it to anyone you know who loves Missouri, loves folklore, or loves Dolph and Becky (and that’s pretty much everybody!)
The Society’s good friend Dolf Schroeder passed away March 29, 2013 at the age of 97.
(old-time fiddler and violinmaker)
Geoffrey J. Seitz, Violinmaker, supplies fine stringed instruments to players of all levels, from novices to virtuosi, from amateurs to professionals. We provide courteous, professional service of the highest quality and consideration.
We cater to symphony professionals, community orchestra members, teachers, students, classical players, jazz players, congregational musicians, country fiddlers, occasional hobbyists, and the merely curious.
Our specialties are violins, especially old violins, violas, cellos, basses, and bows. We perform expert repair, restorations and appraisals. We buy, sell and trade stringed instruments, including some fretted instruments.
Our 1930’s Art Deco one-story building is located in the historic Carondelet District of South St. Louis. Stop by and visit our gallery of fine vintage instruments. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and between noon and 4:00 pm on most Saturdays.
Geoffrey J. Seitz, Violinmaker
4171 Loughborough Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63116
Dwayne and Barbara Smith
Dwayne and Barbara Smith are musician/storytellers who specialize in music and tales from the Ozarks and the British Isles. They both grew up in the northwest Arkansas Ozarks, and lived there until they moved to southwest Missouri in 2002. Dwayne played guitar and sang with area gospel, rock and country groups while growing up, and has played folk music most of his life. Barbara learned classical music playing piano and cello as a child, and got a BA degree with a major in music from the University of Arkansas. While raising six children, she taught public school music for eight years and was a children’s librarian for six years. After Dwayne and Barbara got married in 1991, they started performing traditional folk music and storytelling together. They have performed professionally since 1996. Dwayne and Barbara played regularly at the Ozark Folk CenterState Park in Mountain View, Arkansas, for several years. Other venues have included historical societies, schools, libraries, senior citizens’ centers and retirement homes, and visitors’ centers. Festival performances include the Festival of American Music and Craftsmanship at Silver Dollar City and the Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival in West Plains.
The Smiths perform a wide variety of folk songs, including comic songs, gospel songs and ballads, as well as mostly humorous tales. Much of their material is from the Vance Randolph collections of Ozark songs and stories. Dwayne plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, juice harp, spoons, and washboard and does most of the solo singing. Barbara plays autoharp, recorders, accordion, dulcimer, spoons, and drum and does most of the storytelling.
Dwayne & Barbara have recorded two audiocassettes (Down in the Arkansaw and Run, Johnny Run) and five CDs (Good Old Turnip Greens, Twelve Songs of Christmas,‘Til the Greenwoods Rang, Can Rats Read?, and A Closer Walk.)
905 W. 1st St.
Joplin, MO 64801
Gerald “Jerry” Swan
Gerald Swan joined at the Missouri Folklore Meeting in Cape Girardeau. “Jerry” is a funeral director and embalmer Licensed with the State of Missouri. “I am a Missouri Folk Lore enthusiast and Folk music fan who happens to own a guitar. This picture is of my 2 oldest sons and myself.”
Alex mugs for the camera; Joey is on the right. Jerry and wife Dana just had 3rd son Peyton on November 10, 2004.
1500 Revlon Dr.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
1020 Verlene Drive
The House on Riddle Hill, published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is a historical account of the early life of Glenn Tompkins, who was born in 1927 on Crowley’s Ridge in southeast Missouri. Presented in the form of short stories, the book describes life on the ridge and along the dirt roads near Campbell and Malden in the Missouri bootheel. The stories tell of the lives of common people struggling to survive in hard times and in a harsh landscape. Mr. Tompkins provides insight into a society in the midst of change, and how that change impacted his family. These stories give meaning to ordinary moments and are a truthful account of what it was like to live and work on Crowley’s Ridge in that period.
“The House on Riddle Hill was inspired by a memory I had of my brother’s survival during a flood of the Mississippi River. I wanted the world to know what my brother had told me, how he almost lost his life when a wooden barge sank in the river near Bird’s Point, and of the twenty-six men that drowned on that cold winter night in January, 1937. After researching information for the story, “The Sinking Barge Tragedy,” memories of growing up on the old clay farm in southeast Missouri poured out, just as the waters of the Mississippi River poured out of its banks that tragic night, many years ago. Writing the book was a journey back in time, seeing and hearing my family as they were, experiencing the feelings of their disappointments and triumphs. I was surprised at the detail that I remembered about our family and our community. Mr. Robert Archibald, President of the Missouri Historical Society, described my book as a love story, and perhaps it is, for while our disappointments aren’t glazed over, our triumphs come shining through…”
Alex Usher has collected and performed folk songs for over fifty years. She has amassed a treasure trove of songs that work well with children, and used them through the years to amuse her own four children (who later joined her and her husband on the stage) as well as to entertain youngsters at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she was the volunteer “Music Lady” in the late 1970s. In the early days of TV she was a regular performer on several children’s series on PBS Channel 9 in St. Louis. (in one she was a jack-in-the-box who popped out and did a song and a dance in each episode!) She still shares her music with her grandchildren and their classmates.
More recently she has specialized in playing the autoharp as a solo instrument. Mel Bay’s Basic Melodic Autoharp Solos is her contribution to helping folks teach themselves this art. She is a National Autoharp Champion, a four-time winner in the International Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield KS, and has made several solo autoharp CDs in the last several years. Currently she does a program of folk songs called “Hand-me-down Music” for the Missouri Humanities Council, and gives many other performances, primarily in the St. Louis area.
You can purchase Usher’s book, at:
Children’s Song Favorites is a collection of 75 songs for children of all ages, most of them from the folk tradition. They have been collected over more than fifty years by a professional folk singer, who is also a mother and grandmother. Each song has the melody line, complete lyrics and suggested accompaniment chords for guitar or other instrument. Many of them are unusual— for example, all 13 verses of “The Three Blind Mice,” “Hail to Britannia” (a British nursery rhyme song), and for older children, “Chopo, My Pony” (a cowboy song), “Old Thompson’s Mule” (of minstrel origin) and “The Housewife’s Lament.” Audience requests have persuaded the author to include two pieces she has written—”The Doll Song” and “The Solution to Pollution.” More than three-quarters of the songs involve audience participation, making this an ideal repertory resource for teachers and youth leaders. A few descriptive sentences, sometimes with suggestions for creative activity, precede each song. The songs are arranged alphabetically, and an extra table of contents lists the songs by categories: animals, cowboys and the West, creative activity, dance tunes, history, holidays, quiet time, and teaching. Although this book was designed primarily for children, the author regularly uses many of these songs with grown-up audiences.
You can purchase Usher’s CDs at:
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Book review editor for the Missouri Folklore Society Journal
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occupation: teacher; interests: legends, local history
Cecil Williams (aka Panhandle Slim ) is a guitar-plunking, horse-riding, tale-telling cowboy enthusiast who spins yarns and sings songs about the Black West. His six-foot-two frame reminds one of Gary Cooper, and his easy drawl brings Will Rogers to mind. A delightful narrator of little-known facts of the lives of black pioneer men and women, he can charm an audience within minutes as he starts talking about his “chaw-stick” (sassafras root) and how to brew tea from it. Williams tells exciting stories and sad stories — all of them true.
Born on a ranch in Pawnee County, Oklahoma, Williams family moved when he was two years of age and settled across the road from the Grayhorse Indian Reservation. Some of his stories concern boyhood friends who were full-blooded Osage Indians bearing such proud names as Red Eagle, Beartracks, Bears, Tallchief, The Ravens, White Eagle and Little Stars. He tells of their fine pinto ponies, the envy of the county.
High school years were spent in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, at which time he did ranch work, before graduating from Langston University and entering the army a few months later. Afterwards, he became technical instructor at Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas, and was transferred to Rolla, Missouri as a cartographer for the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1960 he joined the Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, where he remained for 24 years.
In 1984, Slim returned to the Ozarks, and now spends his free time documenting stories he heard as a child at his grandfather’s knee. His grandfather, Henry Williams, chose to lead the life of a lawman, and became deputy sheriff for the all-black town of Langston, Oklahoma. A close friend, Bill Pickett, one of the first working cowboys and rodeo stars of the Oklahoma Territory, fathered the art of bulldogging: bite ’em in the upper lip.
Using monologues and authentic story-songs, Slim recaptures the spirit of the West and rekindles pride in our Western heritage.
Slim is a member not only of the Missouri Folklore Society but also of the African Historical and Genealogical research Society of St. Louis, and has dedicated a composition to the legendary “Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos” of Eureka, Missouri, titled “Our Lady of Czestochowa.” He is also chief storyteller during the annual Boys Town Wagon Train 150 mile ride.
You can order CDs and tapes from the King himself:
Rolla, MO 65401
“Black Legends of the West : Heroes and Sheroes”
Guaranteed to Inform, Enlighten, Entertain & Inspire
Story Songs written by Cecil Williams (A.K.A. Panhandle Slim)
“E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One”
Story Songs by Cecil Williams
Duane G. Meyer Library
Southwest Missouri State University
Springfield, MO 65804
Francie Wolff is a researcher and Library Associate at the Duane G. Meyer Library at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri. She has created two cassette tape albums of her own music, “Finally Time to Sing” and “Come on Into My House:’ Ms. Wolff also has written and produced two video documentaries: the award-winning, “The Spirit of Pioneer Women” and “ Give the Ballot to the Mothers: Songs of the Suffragists ,” which is the companion video to this songbook.
Dr. Heinz D. Woehlk
Professor of English
Head, Division of Language and Literature
Truman State University
310 McClain Hall
Kirksville, MO 63501
Specializing in Latin, medieval literature, science fiction and linguistics.
Heinz “Da Boss” Woehlk (left), with unidentified underworld associate.
In August, 2002, Dr. Woehlk was created a Knight of the Order of the Commonwealth. This order of chivalry recognizes achievement especially in the arts, education and in humanitarian endeavors. Sir Heinz joins an order that includes the late actor Vincent Price, the artist Balthus, the actor Richard Gere and the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli.
MFS President, 2001
14625 W. 86th St.
Lenexa, KS 66215
(913) 897-8572 (work)
Interests: Folk songs, primarily British and American Women who collected folk songs; Sing and play guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, index the Missouri Folklore Society Journal, index folk song collections.