Great lakes folk singer Lee Murdock returns to the Loutit District Library‘s (LDL) Sunday Afternoon concert stage December 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Murdock’s performance is the fourth in a series of nine free monthly concerts held at LDL on the second Sunday of the month through April 2019 with the final offering on May 19. LDL’s upper-level lobby plays host for this series.
Carol Alexander and Kevin Carbary fund LDL’s 2018-19 concert series.
Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on six and twelve string guitars, Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. Lee’s fans have discovered a sweetwater treasure in his songs about the Great Lakes, finding drama and inspiration in the lives of sailors and anglers, lighthouse keepers, ghosts, shipwrecks, outlaws and everyday heroes.
Lee Murdock has discovered a boundless body of music and stories from the Great Lakes. 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.
With a deeper understanding of the folk process, Lee’s repertoire combines historical research and contemporary insights. Murdock’s work is both documentary and a contemporary anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the Great Lakes today.