Stephen Wade is an internationally known ethnomusicologist and scholar of American roots music and folk life.
He also plays a wicked banjo.
Loyola is pleased to welcome him home to his native Chicago for a special performance and lecture, based on his new book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us. The Wall Street Journal called it “a masterpiece of humane scholarship,” and the Los Angeles Times said “These stories and the recordings—capturing the voices of everyday people, not pop stars—simply crackle.”
Wade also produced the widely respected CD, “A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings", and most recently, he played in and produced the Grammy-nominated “Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition” for Smithsonian/Folkways Music.
Wade is a legend among folk musicians. He created a one-man show called Banjo Dancing, based on traditional music, story telling and dance. It opened for an initial three week run on the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. It closed ten years later. After that, he toured America and the world with Banjo Dancing, and a new show he wrote, On the Way Home. He was also a commentator for years on National Public Radio.
Here in Chicago, Wade will make appearances at Loyola, Northwestern, and his “Alma Mater,” the Old Town School of Folk Music.
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Arts & Sciences
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In the news
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In the classroom
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