Bring Me a Little Water Silvy, Leadbelly

Course Description

Join the ensemble that explores the music of the American South during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: early blues and country music, old-time, folk, spirituals, and more. Looking for string instruments of all sorts: guitars, banjos, fiddles, ukuleles bass, etc., and hand drummers and singers. Players should be able to play in the keys of A, C, D, E, G, at a minimum. Reading music and improvising solos are pluses, but not required. Auditions are held during the first meeting. Members agree to perform once or twice per semester. For information contact Scott Cashman, scashman at harpercollege.edu.



Click here to view Harper's Back Porch Revue's concert videos.

Back Porch Revue Chord Sheets

Click on the links below to view or download PDF documents with the words and chords for some of the tunes performed at Harper's Back Porch Revue's concerts.


"I’ve been playing bass with Harper’s Back Porch Revue since it began in the Fall semester of 2017. Although it’s listed as a “class", it’s also a lively performing group of people of all ages, from novice to expert, featuring acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, fiddles, percussion, vocals and more. We learn about and play classic old-time American folk, country, and blues music, and instructors Scott Cashman and Bekr Ali do a great job keeping it fun and letting each player create his/her own part to fit the songs, with gentle guidance. It’s a group learning process, and the performance vibe is friendly and collaborative. It’s always the best part of my week!" Roy Vombrack.

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Back Porch Revue Ensemble
Palatine (Main)
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Jan 27, 2022 to May 12, 2022
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Tuition and Fees non-credit $25.00
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