Traditional Arts Indiana fieldworker and folklorist Joe O’Connell, who has collaborated with TAI on a number of projects since 2009, was recently the featured artist on NPR’s Song Of The Day. Joe, who received his MA in Folklore from the University of Oregon, has completed several regional folk arts surveys for Traditional Arts Indiana, and is especially interested in musical practices around the state. His coverage of the largest-ever musical spoons ensemble, which performed in his hometown of Pekin, is available here.
Joe is also an accomplished folk musician who performs under the name Elephant Micah. The NPR feature highlights a song off of his recently released album Louder Than Thou. Check it out below, and congrats to Joe!