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August 1, 2, 3, 2014 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL

we believe... that a Fair should ignite all your senses and inspire all your passion, so we have music, too. In fact, we have folk and world music to go with our folk art.

we are proud to present our 2014 performers, complete with contact information and bios. Who knows? You may find you are in need of musical entertainment!


performance schedule

          friday, august 1

on the veranda
Mark Hobbs
10:30–12:00 Mark Hobbs
12:00 – 2:00 SMALL POTATOES—FEATURE Main Stage Outdoor
  2:00 – 4:00 Mim Eichman
  4:00 –6:00 Lillian Reasor


         saturday, august 2

on the veranda
Dulcimer Dreams
10:30–11:45 Dulcimer Dreams
12:00 – 1:00 TRILLIUM—FEATURE Main Stage Outdoor
  1:00 – 2:00 GUYZ WITH BAD EYEZ—FEATURE Main Stage Outdoor
  2:00 – 3:00 Mim Eichman at the Garment Extravaganza
  3:00 – 5:00 Dean Milano


         sunday, august 3

on the veranda
Olivia Kaspryk
10:30–11:45 Olivia Kaspryk
12:00 – 2:00 Mary Lai
  2:00 –3:00 Mary Lai


featured performers


“Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso combine cleverly witty with powerfully poignant songs, along with well chosen covers to present an unusually entertaining and involving repertoire engagingly delivered. Prezioso's song "1000 Candles, 1000 Cranes" is one of the most outstanding songs of the past 50 years." Rich Warren The Midnight Special - WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL.



Trilliam's eclectic repertoire ranges in style from Celtic, to folk, to ragtime, to swing, to bluegrass, and appeals to all ages and most musical tastes. "...the new CD is one of the best recordings I have heard in a's really top shelf!" Lilli Kuzma, WDCB Folk Festival


Guyz with Bad Eyez

... are Merv Collins and Don Humbertson. The Guyz enjoy playing a wide range of popular (and some lesser-known) tunes with energy and gusto. Merv Collins, a Fingerstyle and Lead Guitarist, has been playing music for over 4 decades. Merv’s instrumental style is influenced by celtic, classical, bluegrass, country, folk, medieval and even some good old rock and roll music. Don Humbertson, a Woodstock resident, handles lead singing duties for the Guyz along with playing his 12-string guitar. Gordon Lightfoot, John Prine, Leo Kottke and John Fahey are some of the performers Don has admired and been influenced by. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Don was the advertising director of the Chicago Reader.


performers in 2014

Dulcimer Dreams
Maureen and Brian Barnes have been playing dulcimer duets since 2004. They live in Bloomington IL and are known throughout the area as they play for weddings, charitable events, churches, senior citizen homes and parties. They are the proud parents of three grown daughters and two Angora fiber rabbits!
Mim Eichmann
The artistic director and choreographer of Midwest Ballet Theatre, while rehearsing for a Celtic-themed program, Mim stood next to a musician playing the hammered dulcimer and fell in love with the instrument on the spot!
Mark Hobbs
Mark’s songs will leave imprints on your heart, and it’s likely that you’ll experience the full gamut of emotions, from heartache to laughter, during his intimate performances.
Olivia Kaspryk
Olivia has been playing harp for 7 years and piano for 8. This will be
her fourth year at the Midwest Fiber Festival. She is happy to return
to play the harp and meet some more wonderful people! Olivia has
recently taken up playing the guitar and the bandura, the national
Ukrainian instrument. She very much enjoys playing classical harp and
any other desired music at weddings and other social events.

Mary Lai
delivers fresh renditions of familiar tunes and memorable originals with passionate vocals and guitar. Her music has been called "magical," "deeply moving," reminiscent of Judy Collins and Eva Cassidy but with a voice all her own.
Dean Millano
Dean’s music ranges from folk, country, rock, ballads, latin, bluegrass, pop to novelty songs. He has opened for such greats as Paul Butterfield, Jan & Dean, Cab Calloway, the Spencer Davis Group, Bo Diddley, The Kingston Trio and many more.
Lillian Reasor
19 year old Lillian Reasor is an internationally award winning Irish Folk Harper. Currently in her freshman year studying Classical Harp Performance at Northwestern University; Lillian also teaches, composes and performs both Classical and Irish music in the Chicagoland area.

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