A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Fall is here. Thomas Ford began its seasonal lineup of programs with a concert in its ever popular Friday at the Ford series. On Friday, September 9, we welcomed the return of sweet-voiced North Carolina-based folksingers Dana and Susan Robinson, who mixed their own contemporary compositions with traditional fiddle and banjo pieces. Every song had a story, usually with a geographical link. In an hour the duo took listeners across the U.S. and to Great Britain. In “Avenue of the Saints” Dana sang about his youthful wanderings on the roads that connect St. Paul, Minnesota with St. Louis, Missouri. Susan sang a melancholy “Gone But Not Forgotten,” written by their friend Lui Collins, a song incorporating poignant graveyard epitaphs from a cemetery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fifty plus voices of the audience joined in on that and several other pieces, especially on the lively tribute to a steamboat, “The Delta Queen.”
On November 4, La Grange’s own classical guitarist Jason Deroche will play Friday at the Ford. Known for his virtuosic playing of classics, he may also play some contemporary works. As always, the concert will be free, thanks to support of the Western Springs Library Friends. Mark your calendars now. No reservations needed.