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Talking Art with Martha Redbone

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Christine Jean Chambers

Martha Redbone, a Native & African American vocalist, songwriter, composer, and educator, will be performing in numerous venues from May 8-13, 2023, as a Quad City Arts’ Visiting Artist.

Combining elements of folk, soul, Appalachian, and Native tradition, her music is uniquely Influenced by her upbringing in both urban Brooklyn, NY as well as rural Harlan County, KY in a “brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker).

Listen to the conversation here with musician Martha Redbone about the importance of narration and storytelling in her work; the role that arts education can play in our lives; and about the inspiration she has discovered in the poetry of the 18th century writer and illustrator William Blake, in an ongoing bridge between past and present.

Public performances will be held:

Tues 5/9/23

12-1pm: Moline Public Library (Free)

7-8pm: Butterworth Center, Moline (Free)

Wed 5/10/23

6-8pm: PASS performance at Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, (tickets), in partnership with Quad Cities Cultural Trust & Living Lands & Waters

Thurs 5/11/23

2:30-3:30pm: Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine (Free)

Sat 5/13/23

6-9pm: Common Chord, Davenport (tickets)

This residency is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Quad City Arts.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.