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"The CDs and accompanying booklets of Folksongs of Illinois provide a valuable and well-executed resource that would augment any folklorist's, ethnomusicologist's, or music lover's collection. . . . These CDs provide a spark to ignite further musical and intellectual investigation."--Journal of Folklore Research
"These two discs embody the best of the idiomatic array that's previously been recorded in Illinois."--(Nashville) City Paper
"While at first glance it might seem like devoting an entire CD (and this is just the first volume) to Illinois folk songs might be stretching the concept, in fact this turns out to be a surprisingly eclectic and satisfyingly quality listen. . . . (It's) programmed and annotated (with a 24-page booklet) by the Illinois Humanites Council with as much professionalism and scholarship as releases on Smithsonian Folkways. If others are spurred by the liner notes' 'hope that other states will be inspired to follow our path and issue similar recordings highlighting their musical heritage,' they'd do well to use this series as a fine model to follow."--Allmusic.com
Paul Tyler is a folklorist and musician who teaches at National-Louis University and Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Clark “Bucky” Halker is a songwriter, performer, and labor historian, as well as senior program officer of the Illinois Humanities Council.