Big Bill Broonzy Folksinger

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The remarkable Big Bill Broonzy had a storied career. He came to Chicago in the early years of the recording industry and was a top seller into the 1940s. Bill’s career was revived in Chicago after meeting singer & entertainer Win Stracke in the 1950s.

A new class offered by MD will focus on Bill’s stunning, yet simple arrangements from this last period, when he hit the road with just his songs and acoustic guitar.   

Classic songs like “The Glory of Love,” “Bill Bailey” and “Keys to the Highway” will be studied. Some lesser known arrangement will be included, and students will learn to approach creating rhythm and sound on their guitars “Big Bill” style.

Players who have some fingerpicking experience, and have worked on barre chords will find this class engaging and enjoyable.

The 8 week class begins Tuesday, January 7 at 6:30 pm at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. The cost is $184 ($174 for members). Information and enrollment is at

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