Fiddler's Picnic Photos
This fabulous collection of 99 photos was contributed
by Billy Genkins, or Ginks, as he's more familiarly known. Most
are intriguing, close-up portraits of indivdual musicians, such
as the one at left of Tom McPartland of Colorado, who returned
to this year's picnic after a thirty-year hiatus.
Picnic Posters 1972-2013
Due to the ephemeral nature of posters, there
are a few gaps in the early years of the picnic, which actually
began in 1970. The evolution of the graphics coincides with
the technological revolution which took place in the quick print
industry. Art Rosenbaum created the first posters in a calligraphic,
pen and ink style. Later posters were "pasted up"
using typesetting equipment, photo copiers, and graphics cameras.
By the early 1990s, desktop publishing had simplified the process
and allowed for increased use of color.
Concert Posters 1970-1993
This is a collection of 59 posters used to promote
concerts sponsored by IFOTM during it's first 25 years. Performers
included many who were quite famous at the time, such as Bill
Monroe and Elizabeth Cotten. Others later made a national name
for themselves, such as Aly Bain of the Boys of the Lough and
Michael Flatly of Riverdance fame. Most concerts lost money,
but were subsidized by the proceeds of the annual Fiddler's
Picnic. Given the ephemeral nature of posters, these are merely
the ones that happened to make it into the IFOTM Archives. They
represent only a portion of the events sponsored during that
Dance Posters 1988-1994
For several years beginning in the late 1980s,
IFOTM organized monthly folk dances. They were held at the Iowa
City Unitarian Church basement and at the pre-flood-of-'93 Izaak
Walton League. Callers were first recruited from the Onion Creek
Cloggers in Ames, IA, and later included callers from thoughout
the region. The bands were often "pickup bands" and
the events doubled as jam sessions for local musicians. Other
times the bands were well established, such as Harvest Home,
featuring Al Murphy and Bob Black, and the Footnotes, from Decorah,
IA. In the late 1990s, the dancers themselves formed the Hey
For Forty group and began organizing the dances. The monthy
events moved to the Scattergood School in West Branch. These
20 posters represent only a fraction of the IFOTM sponsored
Picnic 2005 Photos
Thanks to Trisha Stiles for this incredible
collection of 111 photos. Among the many highlights, 2005 marked
a return visit from Art Rosenbaum, co-founder of IFOTM and the
Picnic, shown at left on banjo. He is jamming with the late,
great Keith Dempster on harmonica.The photos include ones of
Keith, on behalf of IFOTM, presenting Art with that year's Harry
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