The 10th Annual C-U Folk & Roots Festival

The C-U Folk & Roots Festival is an annual event that promotes the folk arts and contributes to the artistic vitality of central Illinois. The festival takes place at various locations in downtown Urbana, October 18 - 20, 2018.

As a venue sponsor, the Library is pleased to participate in this vibrant community event. All festival events at the Library are FREE and will take place in the Lewis Auditorium, Busey-Mills Reading Room, and Satterthwaite Conference Room.

Friday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., we're kicking off the CU Folk and Roots Festival with an all ages concert. Local favorite musicians, Sam Payne and Cody Jensen will play a fun and energetic variety of old time, bluegrass, folk, and calypso music.

Performances at the Library on Saturday, October 20, 2018:
Busey-Mills Reading Room:
11:00 a.m. - Chris Maden
12:15 - John Coppess
1:30 - The Coneflowers
2:45 - The Jensen Brothers
4:00 - Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra

Lewis Auditorium:
10:00 - Learn about the Mountain Dulcimer with Hilary Valentine
10:45 - Learn to Play the Ukulele with Martha Tyner
12:00 - Storytelling with Dean Dempsey
12:30 - Storytelling with Linda Dust and Kim Sheahan
1:30 - Storytelling with Dan Keding
2:45 - Murder Ballad Narrative Strategies with Robbie Fulks
4:00 - Instrument Making with the Deep Fried Pickle Project

Satterthwaite Conference Room:
11:30 a.m. - "The Roots of the Roots" with Richard Martin and Meagan Hennessey from Archeophone Records
4:00 - Storytelling Workshop with Dan Keding

In addition the Champaign County Historical Archives will host a Bazaar in the McFarlane-Hood Reading Room from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

For more information about the C-U Folk & Roots Festival, and to see a complete schedule of festival events, visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
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