Down in the Mine: American Coal Miners and Their Songs, 1890-1960

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

Bucky Dee Switzerland

Apr 18, 2022


Moline Public Library
3210 41st St
Moline, IL 61265


Open to the public

Coal miners in Illinois and the rest of the U. S. have a long tradition of writing poetry and music related to their occupation and this program brings that tradition to the forefront.

Down in the Mine combines music performance (guitar and vocal) and commentary. The presentation features songs by coal miners, including Illinois miners.

The commentary places this important folk tradition in historical context and offers details on coal mining, mining accidents, labor struggles, coal-miner bards and songwriters, early country music, and individual songs.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Zach Berkley at

Learn more about Bucky Halker, this program, and how to book it.

Bucky Dee Switzerland

Bucky and Andy Dee performing in Chur, Switzerland 2009 from


Moline Public Library