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  • Join us on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Camp Wokanda for the 19th annual Chinquapin Folk Music & Storytelling Festival!

    Programs for Schools
    (For a complete schedule of this year’s performers/storytellers for the School Program, click on the pdf at the end of this section.)
    9:30 AM-1:30 PM
    $4 per student

    Ghost Story Concert
    7:00-9:00 PM
    $5 per person; maximum $20 per family

    A look at this year’s performers:
    (For photos and complete biographies of this year’s performers/ storytellers, click on the pdf at the end of this section.)


    Tom Kastle - A singer, songwriter, tall ship captain, and teller of tales based in
    the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the
    Pacific. He has one foot in as a singer/songwriter and the other firmly
    planted in the traditional maritime folk music world. His original songs run
    from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad Cold Winds has been covered
    by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands. When ashore, he
    lives in a 19th century log cottage on the shore of Lake Mendota.

    Dan Keding - a storyteller of international acclaim, Dan is well known for his telling of traditional world folktales, personal narratives of his boyhood in Chicago, ghost stories and dark tales, and superbly crafted original pieces. As a child, he learned the traditional stories that his grandmother brought to this country from Croatia. A well-respected ballad singer, he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and spoons. This combination of dynamic storytelling and powerful ballad singing has made him a festival and concert favorite throughout the U.S., Great Brtain and Ireland.www.dankeding.com

    Barb Silverman – Dubbed a “stunning vocalist” by the Old Time Herald, Barbara Silverman has performed for 20 years in concerts, festivals and workshops nationwide. She is known for her engaging presence, bluesy vocals, clever original numbers, solid swing guitar and piano accompaniment, and amazing washboard pyrotechnics. And she is also recognized as a “master teacher.” Over two decades solo as well as with the reputable Laketown Buskers jug band, she has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, the Studs Terkel Show, at festivals and clubs throughout the Midwest, and in award-winning bands and concerts in West Virginia and Colorado. www.silverbeammusic.com/Barbara.html

    Kathe Brinkmann is a wonderful storyteller with a breadth of tales that range from the moving to the comical. She is always tuned into her listeners and seems to know which story is right for her audience. Whether she is telling a short, funny story that leaves an audience gasping for breath with its humor or a traditional story that is touching and thoughtful or a personal story that points out the human side of life, it is always entertaining and a joy to listen to her.


    Skip Jones has been working in schools across the Midwest for over 30 years. He delivers his message of respect and tolerance through songs, stories and a little bit of grandfather’s wisdom in a variety of programs that are focused on respect, anti-bullying, the environment, diversity, culture, exploration and, of course, music. He has organized and directed festivals and concert series, introduced house concerts to the Midwest and beyond, provided high quality sound engineering for folk festivals and cultural events, and produced and recorded albums for local, regional and national artists. He’s down home, real and adds to any celebration!www.skipjones.net

    Linda Dust – A Midwest regional storyteller with roots in the Champaign/ Urbana Storytelling Guild, Linda weaves tales along with songs and ballads to bring her audience in contact with the oral traditions of cultures from around the globe. She was featured at this year’s Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. Her use of traditional stories and personally-crafted tales provides the perfect mix of humor, discovery and life lessons, and leaves her audience wanting more. http://lindaduststoryteller.com

    For more information or directions, call Jacob Mol at Camp Wokanda, (309)

    All programs take place rain (indoors) or shine (outdoors).
    Camp Wokanda is located in the wooded bluffs near Mossville, IL.
    From Peoria, go north on Rt 29, Turn left on Old Galena Road, go
    past Mossville Grade School. Then turn left on Boy Scout Road.
    Continue on and you will see the entrance to the park on the left.