Free folk music performance Oct. 3

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nevada, Mo., -- Ozark folk music sung by a native of Rogersville, Mo., is on tap for Sunday afternoon as a part of the Bushwhacker Museum's "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" exhibit on display this month.

Judy Domeny Bowen will perform in concert at 2 p.m. at the Franklin P. Norman City-County Community Center.

The free program is open to the public but donations are accepted.

Bowen grew up on a farm near Rogersville where she still lives, learning and performing on her guitar the old storytelling songs of the English and Scottish pioneers who settled in southeast Missouri in the early 1800s. She is dedicated to keeping these old songs from fading away into history.

An elementary art teacher, Bowen also is an auctioneer and a traveling musician.

Her historical lecture of "Terrible Songs -- Missouri Tragedies Set to Music" features four songs of true Missouri happenings and the events leading up to them. Songs are "The West Plains Explosion," "Iron Mountain Baby," "The Meeks Family Murder" and "Resurrection Sunday."

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