University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Periscope Yearbook (Eau Claire, WI)

 - Class of 1981

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University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Periscope Yearbook (Eau Claire, WI) online yearbook collection, 1981 Edition, Page 98 of 308
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Emmylou Harris by Jody Conner Seeing Emmylou Harris In concert is like sitting down with the girl next door. Although there were 3.000 fans gathered in the Arena Oct. 12. she seemed to reach out to each one individually. Rather than a recital, the concert became a conversation among friends. Part of Emmylou's appeal comes from sincerity. She Is not phony when singing about joys and heartaches; she sings from experience. She put many years into playing bars and honky-tonks before achieving success. In the late 1960s she was just another failing folk performer in New York. But she got a break performing on one of Gram Parson's albums, and record companies began to notice her. She recorded her first album in 1973 and has been expanding her audience since then Emmylou has a beautiful soprano voice, but is also quite capable of shouting out a fast paced rock 'n' roll song. From somewhere In her throat she can even pull out a half-growl for those honky-tonk booze songs In the course of her performance she played country, jazz, rock and swing. Emmylou's abilities were tested and proven by holding the diverse collection together without losing the audience. The real crowd pleasers were the upbeat tunes The audience stood, clapped and even stomped a little for songs like "Sister Coming Home." "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" and "Leaving Louisiana In the Broad Daylight." Complementing Emmylou was her superb backup group, the Hot Band.

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Folkfair brings exotic touch by Katie Myre with the Eau Claire community. People were invited to share the native food, drink, dance and customs of more than 20 countries represented by the booths scattered throughout the building Within minutes, one could stroll down a romantic French sidewalk (sponsored by UW Eau Claire French students), then clap and sing along to "Hambo." a Scandinavian dance Walter Reid, a OWEC faculty member who teaches international folk dances In the Eau Claire Folkdance Club, said he learned about folk dancing from friends at the University of Utah. The group also performed folk dances from Israel and Macedonia. Schofield Auditorium was also converted into an interna t Iona I stage for the day. Spanish dances. Japanese comedy and a Vietnamese stage for the day Spanish dances. Japa nese comedy and a Vietnamese candle dance were performed. Claire Maxwell, a Canadian foreign exchange student, said. "I think the Folkfair is a great opportunity for everyone to become aware of the many foreign students on campus. It also allows the students a chance to show off their country and their pride ” The committee sponsors the Folkfair annually In observance of United Nations Day. Imagine representatives of several major countries assembled under one roof to share each others’ lifestyles. Imagine this International gathering taking place In a small Midwestern city - Eau Claire. The International Festival Committee accomplished that when it sponsored the annual International Folkfair Oct 19 In Davies Center. Students from Ghana to France. Iran to Canada, and Scotland to West Africa tried to share a part of their lives



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I f I I I Stephen Baird Almost a decade ago. there was a young man who attended Northeastern University in Boston. Mass He had the intention of becoming a chemical engineer. His studious manner led him to be awarded a job as a chemical engineer while seeking his degree. A few occurrences changed his peaceful college life, however. Vietnam War protests and police riots occurred regularly on his campus and in Boston, with beatings of students and citizens a common feature. The events disturbed the young man so much that he dropped out of college. He also gave up his goal of living an orthodox life in America. Today, that young man is known as Stephen Baird. "The Street-singer.” Baird displayed his musical talent at (JW Eau Claire on October 23-25, as he has done a dozen times before. Baird took up street singing after his short-lived college career. Initially, he escaped to Colorado to decide on the type of life he wanted, and an occupation to fit that lifestyle. He decided on a simple life: one where materialistic objects are not emphasized. To go along with his simple life. Baird chose an unconventional occupation — street-singing. The short, energetic. 100-pound Baird faced opposition to his street-singing career shortly after it began. Street-singing was illegal In Boston and many other CJ.S. cities. Baird obtained the first street singing license in Boston after auditioning for the city's police depart ment, with the provision that he would accept no money for his performances. He also had to vow that street-singing was his sole means of support. However. his license and vow did ized a letter-writing campaign for the legalization of street- singing in Boston. The campaign was a success. Today Baird Is attempt ing to legalize street performances nationwide through an association he organized — The Boston Streetsingers Guild. When the cocky singer Is not occupied with legalizing streetsinging, he is educating Midwesterners about the art. Baird visits major college campuses throughout the Midwest from September to December. What attracts Baird to this lifestyle? ”1 get to see the country and Intra duce people to street- singing." Baird said. "Many Midwesterners have never been exposed to it.” The Easterner's simple taste is an asset when traveling. He dislikes motels: he prefers to sleep at roadside camping grounds or In his car. He also accepts invitations to stay at friends' homes. The money Baird receives for his per formances in the form of salary and donations does not go to far. Baird said. "I pay for all my transportation, food and hotel expenses." Baird said. "There's not much left after you pay for the gas.” To Baird, money is a troublesome item one has to have, but not dwell upon. Baird says his low-cost lifestyle allows him to escape the trap of being dependent on living from paycheck to paycheck. Even though his lifestyle Is simple, his musical talent is quite the opposite. Baird displays remarkable repertoire of ragtime, minstral. blues and American folk songs for his audience. He also belts out an Irish drinking song every once in a while. Audience participation is common at Baird's shows. Most audience members are exhausted at the end of his shows from all the jumping, clapping and waving Baird encourages them to do. Accompanying Baird when he is performing are the seven instruments he plays. The dulcimer, harmonica, autoharp and an Appalachian instrument, called the lumberjack, are a few of the instruments Baird plays and owns. The energetic street-singer not only plays these instruments, he plays two to three of them at a time. Does the former college student chemical engineer miss the orthodox life he left a decade ago? “No. I don't think I will ever miss that part of my life," Baird shyly said. "I'm too preoccupied with street singing, peace and my simple ways."

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