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State of Sound: Red Prairie Ramblers LIVE!

Get ready for an evening of barn-burning music that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to old-time fiddle tunes and country songs from central and southern Illinois.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in conjunction with our new exhibit The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois, presents the Red Prairie Ramblers – LIVE! in our Union Theater on Thursday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. All seats are general admission for $7 each. Tickets are on sale through

The Red Prairie Ramblers are dedicated to keeping alive the rich musical traditions of central and southern Illinois. Styles of traditional old-time and country music are found throughout the U.S., and all can trace their roots back to a combination of African, Indigenous, European, and British influences. In Illinois much of this music is centered around the fiddle, with fast-paced hoedowns made for square dancing–but there are also plenty of folk songs and traditional ballads. Most of the music played by the Red Prairie Ramblers was collected in the 1970s by Garry Harrison and friends, visiting old-time musicians throughout central and southern Illinois. A large portion of the field tapes were collected in a book and three-CD set titled Dear Old Illinois.

The Red Prairie Ramblers will share a set of rarely heard tunes and songs from central and southern Illinois, as well as a few original fiddle tunes by Garry Harrison.

September 30, 2021 7:00 PM – September 30, 2021 8:00 PM
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 N 6th St
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Admission $7.00
Register online at
(217) 558-8844

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