Mitch Thomas and Fred Campeau and Jim and Vivian Craig have put together a ukeclectic show that promises to bring a smile, and maybe a tear or two.
In addition to their tight vocal blending, the foursome stretch out with some instrumental surprises: Viv and Mitch on ukuleles, Fred on guitar, banjo, and Hawaiian resonator guitar, and Jim on concertina, guitar, and bass ukulele (yes, you read that right). There’ll be old songs, blue songs, and some new songs, written by Jim and Viv.
Fred Campeau and Mitch Thomas have been a team since the early 70’s, when they met while both were performing around Chicago. Fred plays guitar, banjo, fiddle and harmonica, and was a long-time member of the Volo Bogtrotters. In addition to playing guitar, banjo and ukulele, Mitch teaches choir, theater and uke, and is a two-time winner of the Wheatland Festival Folksinging Contest.
Jim and Vivian Craig have been harmonizing for almost forty years. They’re known for their heartfelt deliveries of such songs as Woody Guthrie’s “Deportees,” to their lively delivery of “Lydia, The Tattooed Lady.” Whether singing a ballad or a humorous tune together, few husband and wife duos sing of love and devotion with as much believability as Jim and Viv. The Craigs are the proud owners of Hogeye Music in Evanston.
When not loosely affiliated with Mitch and Fred, Jim and Viv perform with Chicago-based Na Mele Aloha, an Hawaiian music ensemble.
Any of you who used to frequent the Green Dragon would have fond memories of them all.
Please call 920-563-9391 to reserve.