Special Guests
Saturday, June 1, 1996

Fiddler Kenny Sidle was born in 1931 in Toboso, Ohio. He is one of nine children-five boys and four girls-and each one of them is musically talented. For his part, Kenny began playing the fiddle at the age of five. He made his first public appearance a year later-he played with his father in one of the last Medicine Shows held in Toboso. Kenny's pay for that first job was a box of chocolate-covered cherries. When he reached adulthood, Sidle worked in Newark, Ohio, in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Company, but he always kept up with his fiddle-playing. Sidle has captured state championships in five states and has won many regional and local championships across the nation. His playing dominated almost an entire decade in the eyes of the Ohio Country-Western Music Association, which named him Instrumentalist of the Year for nine years in a row (1973 - 1981). In 1988, he was recognized as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The prestigious Heritage Award is given to traditional folk artisans and musicians for their contributions to American culture. Sidle's home county honored him in 1991, when he was inducted into the Licking County Hall of Fame. In 1994, Sidle's virtuosity was honored by Opryland's Grand Masters Fiddle Championship-Sidle received the contest's Distinguished Fiddler Award. Sidle has performed with the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra and appears regularly at the Paint Valley Jamboree in Bainbridge. Each month, he and his group-Kenny Sidle's All-Star Band-can be seen at Flowers Hall in Hanover. His All-Star Band: Mike Ingalls (cello), Troy Herdman (guitar), Oscar Ball (mandolin), and Frank Hoy (bass).

The members of Throat Culture have now been singing together for six years. The group got its start after Bernard Wilburn attended a workshop about a cappella singing. Wilburn thought up the name-Throat Culture-and got a few friends of his to join the group. Their first performance was an impromptu street-corner concert in the arts district of Columbus. They began with the 1969 hit "The Israelites," and a crowd began to gather. So, they kept singing, and soon the crowd was enormous-big enough to stop traffic and to create an instant following. Throat Culture began to play in bars, clubs, schools, festivals, and at weddings and corporate events. In 1993, they recorded their first album, A Cappella Head. They hope to follow up with another album in the near future. Throat Culture has six members: John Bolzenius, Stefan Farrenkopf, Bryan Granger, Betsy Brickey, Bernard Wilburn, and Kevin Perotti. The group's next performance is Saturday, June 8 at the Columbus Arts Festival. They can be heard at 1 p.m. at the Downtown Riverfront Amphitheater.


Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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