Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music with Almeda Bradshaw

Join us for a special afternoon event with Almeda Bradshaw on December 29th at 2:00 pm in the Big Butte room on the third floor of the library.  Almeda is returning after a highly successful First Fridays in September.  She combines history with music for a thoroughly entertaining time.  Brought to you with a grant by Humanities Montana. Homes & Honky Tonks: Post WWII Women in Country Music For working class country folk, honky tonk music became their voice of loneliness and alienation as men and women coped with the stress and adjustments of life after the atomic bomb. 1950s suburban conformity, meant to help normalize the family unit, only contributed to feelings of victimization for both sexes. Examine how PTSD, then unrecognized, contributed to the dysfunction of families and learn how Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and others responded in their songs to the social changes of post-World War II America. Program information here Artist...

First Fridays: Swinging Through American History with Mark Matthews

Butte-Silver Bow Public Library will continue their First Fridays series on December 7th at noon with guest speaker, Mark Mathews.  His talk is entitled “Swinging through American History.”  Matthews will take you back to the ballrooms, taverns, juke joints, honky tonks and dance emporiums of the past as he explains the manner in which American dancing evolved with certain social changes–and, how certain dances stimulated changes in American social life. The spectrum of historic dances runs from the colonial English country dance to the French quadrille to the American square dance and the waltz; plus modern movements such as the one-steps, the Charleston, Lindy hop, mambo, twist and disco. Mark will even get the more adventurous audiences out of their chairs and onto their feet to experience the joy of movement. Brought to you with a grant from Humanities...

First Fridays: The Importance of Her Voice

The Importance of Her Voice: Song in the Lives of Mountain Women with Almeda Bradshaw, singer/song writer Meet Emma Bell Miles, a bride of Appalachian poverty, and hear the songs sung by the women she lived among on Walden’s Ridge, TN. At the turn of the 20th century, these women were the bearers of folk song tradition. They were the keepers and teachers and they passed on a distinct female point of view as they experienced poverty, hardship, economic exploitation, sexual subjugation and limited opportunities. Their songs, filled with humor, sadness, victory and heartache, remind us of our common humanity and of those who live even today disenfranchised, overlooked and ignored.   Friday, October 5 at Noon Big Butte Room, 3rd...

Butte Ukulele Club: Information and Updates

It has been an awesome five months of Ukulele Club meetings at the Butte Public Library! We held fun theme days and learned lots of new skills in the process. The Butte Ukulele Club is separate from the occasional series of ukulele lessons we offer at the library. The club meets once a month on a Saturday from 1-3pm. Ukuleles are available for advance reservation to use during the club meetings. Information for upcoming meetings is posted approximately one month in advance. Chord charts are also uploaded in our Facebook group approximately two weeks prior to the club for members to practice. The first 30 minutes of the meeting there is always a beginner or intermediate crash course. Some things you might learn in the beginner course include: string names, simple strumming patterns, a few basic chords, and how to read a chord chart. Never picked up an instrument? Don’t worry! The beginner crash course is presented at a slow pace. Some things you might learn in the intermediate course include: simple riffs (sometimes with TAB), more advanced strumming patterns, and whatever we feel like throwing at you! The last hour and a half of the club we play through chord charts. A chord chart is a lyric sheet with chords above the lyrics that show you where to change chords in the song. If you are new to the ukulele and you cannot play chords yet, we can give you one chord to strum for each song. Just remember, we love beginners! Our club environment is laid back, and you will not be put on the spot. We...