The Defiance College 2008-09 Schomburg Series welcomes Lee Murdock on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. Murdock will perform in the Arts and Media Center, Downtown Defiance, a change from the previously released venue. Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on the six- and twelve-string guitars, Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs. His musical influences span fifteen generations. Murdock began his folk career in the Chicago area in the mid 1970’s, expanding his repertoire of blues and popular music as his interest in folk music and the maritime tradition grew.
Murdock's songs create an unforgettable image of commerce and recreation as they coexist on the Great Lakes today, with huge cargo ships traversing vital shipping lanes while pleasure craft of all types and sizes share the waters along America's fourth coast.
His focus on Great Lakes music began as a simple interest in finding the folk songs from his own local history. From the beginning, the songs he discovered have filled a void, as audiences quickly embraced these songs and asked for more. With a deeper understanding of the folk process, Lee's repertoire combines historical research and contemporary insights. Murdock's work is both documentary and also a contemporary anthem to the people who live, work and play along the Great Lakes today.
Individual performance tickets will be available at the door.
Support for this year’s Schomburg Series is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hubbard Company, Time Warner Cable, and radio stations WDFM, WZOM, WNDH and WONW.
Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. U. S. News & World Report ranks Defiance in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
November 3, 2008