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2013 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.
Fiddler's 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.
IFOTM 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 time.
IFOTM 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 dances.
Fiddler's 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 Oster Award.
   

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