Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen in Concert

What: Cornell Folk Song Club Concert
When: Saturday, February 26, 2000
Where: 165 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
How Much: $10 / usual discounts
Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen

Strange as it may seem, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, partners in life and song, have not performed together in Ithaca in years, though they have many devotees here. Howie last visited, doing banjo/guitar and vocal pyrotechnics with Walt Koken, on Bound for Glory in 1996. And it seems like a decade since Sally graced us with her pure and stirring sound. High time to do something about that! Share some heartfelt warmth on a February night at the Folk Song Club concert.

Across their long solo and duo careers, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen have been stellar exponents of traditional music (Child ballads, Appalachian mountain and dance tunes, spirituals, blues), have promoted the work of some fine contemporary song-makers (Franke, Johnson,Kahn, Rasmussen,...), and have pioneered their own compositions, from playful, gentle love songs to wry social commentary to passionate calls for political action. Their rich harmonies, at once easy and dynamic, and instrumentation (banjos, guitars, and mountain dulcimer), whether hot pickin' or sensitively understated, bring life to every piece. Their quick rapport with audiences makes their performances a delight.

In addition to a full schedule of concerts and numerous (award-winning) recordings in over more than 20 years, their lives have expanded in many directions: Sally to historical research, social and environmental activism, and (award-winning) children's music and literature, Howie to academics (Cornell Ph.D. in philosophy), telephone linework, and producing (award-winning) wines from his vineyard. These diverse experiences inform their music-making.

Please join the Cornell Folk Song Club on Saturday, February 26 to welcome these old friends -- you're guaranteed to be "Satisfied Customers!" McGraw Hall is on the Cornell Arts Quad near the Johnson Museum.You have a more than reasonable chance of finding nearby parking. Tickets are available at Rebop, Borealis, Bound for Glory, and at the door, or by contacting Ginny Gartlein (272-3471) or Ken McKinney at

(Margaret B. Shepard)

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