Gurler Heritage Association Folk Music Fest June 14 in DeKalb

Online Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The sounds of bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music will fill the air around the historical Gurler House, 205 Pine St., DeKalb, Ill., from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 16.

This summer marks the 12th Annual Gurler Heritage Association Folk Music Fest on the shady lawn of the historic Gurler House. The event will feature three free performances: Dave Balika & Friends playing hammered dulcimer, recorder and string bass (noon-12:45 p.m.); Last Night’s Fun, an eclectic Celtic group (1-2:45 p.m.), and Truman’s Ridge, Chicago-style bluegrass (3-4:45 p.m.).

Kicking off the festival at noon, Dave Balika & Friends features Dave on hammered dulcimer, Lynn Cook on recorder and flute, Denny Vaupel on bass, and whoever else might show up! Last Night’s Fun performs traditional Celtic music and song. The band features local musicians performing a variety of early traditional music, including dance tunes such as reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes and vocal selections and ballads with interesting harmonies. Performances are upbeat, fun-filled, varied, audience-engaging, and enjoyable for all ages. Instrumentalists include fiddle, concertina, flute, fife, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bodhran.

Headliners Turman’s Ridge play “lightning fast” bluegrass and gospel music with Chicago style. The audience will be delighted by Truman Ridge’s unique take on traditional bluegrass. This Sycamore-based group has been nominated in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards for their Celtic-inspired song, “Heather’s Gate.”

In addition to the great group of performers, there will be a food tent featuring Chicago-style hot dogs, chips, home-baked treats,and cold drinks.

The event is free and open to the public, although donations to support the historic house will be appreciated. Commemorative buttons and T-shirts will be sold. Those attending should bring blankets or chairs. In the event of rain, the event will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St., DeKalb, Ill.

For more information, call (815) 758-4897 or visit the Gurler Heritage Association website at

Posted June 12, 2013

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