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Kaneland's annual Hometown Concert welcomes old friend

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  • The "Great Lakes Balladeer" and Kaneville resident Lee Murdock will perform at his annual Hometown Concert on Saturday, Jan. 5.

    The "Great Lakes Balladeer" and Kaneville resident Lee Murdock will perform at his annual Hometown Concert on Saturday, Jan. 5.
    Courtesy of Lee Murdock

  • Folk songwriter and musician Anne Hills will make her only Chicago-area appearance this winter at the annual Lee Murdock Hometown Concert.

    Folk songwriter and musician Anne Hills will make her only Chicago-area appearance this winter at the annual Lee Murdock Hometown Concert.
    Courtesy of Anne Hills

 
Submitted by Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Lee Murdock's annual Hometown Concert will welcome an old friend, and one of Chicago area's best-loved songwriters, Anne Hills, as the special guest on the first Saturday of the new year.

As part of the Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival's Concert Series, the concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Kaneland High School auditorium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Tickets are $12 at the door.

Hills was born in Moradabad, India, the third daughter of educational missionaries. Raised in Michigan, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy where she formed her first folk trio. Once an icon on the Chicago folk scene, she now makes her home in Bethlehem, Penn. She is celebrating the release of a new CD, "The Things I Notice Now."

Lee Murdock is well known as "North America's Great Lakes Balladeer," and also as a fluent instrumentalist on six- and 12-string guitar.

In addition to the songs of Illinois history and maritime music, Murdock also has a strong affinity for Irish music and Illinois history, as well as blues, ragtime and a bit of classical guitar. Murdock and his wife, Joann, have been Kaneville residents since 1982. Like Anne Hills, Lee Murdock is celebrating the release of a new CD, "Here We'll Stand" which explores the War of 1812, also known by some historians as "America's Second War for Independence." Lee Murdock's Hometown Concert is an annual event which now draws people from all across the Chicago area. Tickets for the annual Hometown Concert are $12 at the door. Advance reservations are not needed, but call (630) 557-2329 for directions or further information.

The Hometown Concert continues its fourth season in collaboration with the Kaneland School District's Fine Arts Festival.

For more information on the Kaneland Community Arts Festival, contact Maria Dripps-Paulson at (630) 365-5100, ext. 180.