Hammer and Pick
Hammer and Pick

THE HAMMER AND PICK FOLK ENSEMBLE 

Old Time Music • Gospel • Railroad Ballads • Blues • Celtic 

• Civil War • Traditional Dance

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THE HAMMER AND PICK FOLK ENSEMBLE 

Old Time Music • Gospel • Railroad Ballads • Blues • Celtic 

• Civil War • Traditional Dance

About Us

We're Hammer and Pick!

The folk music ensemble Hammer and Pick has been playing for audiences in Western Illinois since the 1980's.  Jon Wagner plays hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar and harmonica, Jan Sams plays guitar and bass, John Heasly adds guitar and harmonica, and Wendy Anderson graces us with her fiddling as we all join in singing.

Past Performance Venues

  • Festival of the Arts, Bishop Hill, IL 
  • Antique Days Concert, Aledo, IL
  • Galva Arts Coffeehouse, Galva, IL
  • Church of Peace, Kewanee, IL
  • Black Hawk College East, Kewanee, IL
  • Jubilee College State Park, Brimfield,  IL
  • Indian Creek Vinyard, Toulan, IL
  • Black Hawk State Park, Rock Island, IL
  • Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL
  • Grant's Birthday Ball, Galena, IL
  • Bistro Restaurant. Toulon, IL
  • Railroad Music Festival, LaFayette, IL
  • Galva Baptist Church, Galva, IL
  • Antique Tractor Show. Geneseo, IL
  • Unitarian Church, Davenport, IA
  • Galva Senior Citizens, Galva, IL
  • Scarecrow Days, Galesburg, IL
  • Bishop Hill Methodist Church, Bishop Hill, IL
  • Knox College Green Oaks, Victoria, IL
  • Sitka Salmon Cookout, Galesburg, IL
  • Knox College Barn Dance, Galesburg, IL
  • Knoxville, IL Public Square Dance
  • Civil War Concert, First Baptist Church, Kewanee, IL
  • Vintage Baseball Exhibition, Bishop Hill, IL
  • P. L. Johnson's Restaurant, Bishop Hill, Illinois 
  • Railroad Days, Galesburg, IL
  • Concert in the Park, Galva, IL
  • Central Congregational Church, Galesburg, IL
  • Jordbruksdagarna Agricultural Days, Bishop Hill, IL
  • Kewanee Concerts in the Park, Kewanee, IL
  • Songbag Concert Series, Carl Sandburg Birthplace State Historic Site, Galesburg, IL, 
  • Midsommer Festival, Bishop Hill, IL
  • Lucia Nights, Bishop Hill, IL
  • Geneseo Music Guild, Geneseo, IL
  • Polish National Catholic Church, Kewanee, IL
  • Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva, IL
  • Seminary Estates Assisted Living, Galesburg, IL
  • Marigold Health Care Center, Galesburg, IL
  • Rosewood Care Center, Galesburg, IL
  • Concert in the Park, Monmouth, IL
  • First Christian Church, Kewanee, IL
  • Monmouth Country Club, Monmouth, IL
  • First United Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, IL
  • Other concerts, dances and family events throughout the region


Booking an Event?

You may use the "contact us" link below, or contact Jon Wagner at (309) 550-4887, <jwagner@knox.edu>; or Jan Sams at (309) 883-0955 <sjsams89@hotmail.com> if you'd like to inquire about having us play for your planned public or private event.  Our usual fee for a performance of up to two hours is $300, plus $100 if your event requires us to provide a sound enhancement system; fees may be adjusted or waived in special cases involving organizations that serve the public with limited funding.

Audio

Some samples from a live performance at the Carl Sandburg Birthplace Historic Site (before Wendy the fiddler joined us).  We'll be updating our audio files as time goes on.

Video

A couple of Irish jigs!

Video by Jeff Hatch.

Events

August 24, 2019

Aledo Antique Fair

Hammer and Pick plays from 9-11 a.m.

Town Square, Aledo, Illinois

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August 24, 2019

Aledo Antique Fair

Hammer and Pick kicks off a series of free live music performances in the band pavilion of Aledo's picturesque town square.  Come and shop at this huge gathering of antique dealers from around the region, and enjoy the music!

Hammer and Pick plays from 9-11 a.m.

Town Square, Aledo, Illinois

August 24, 2019

Rededication of Bishop Hill Carpenter building

2pm - 4pm

Carpenter Building (on the east side of the square next to the Steeple Building)

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August 24, 2019

Rededication of Bishop Hill Carpenter building

Rededication of Bishop Hill's 1851 Carpenter Building (details on the BH site)

2pm - 4pm

Carpenter Building (on the east side of the square next to the Steeple Building)

September 28th and 29th

Jordbruksdagarna Agricultural Days

All day

Music and dance performances at the gazebo in town square park

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September 28th and 29th

Jordbruksdagarna Agricultural Days

A weekend fall festival in the beautiful historic village of Bishop Hill, Illinois, featuring crafts, arts, music, games, the Nordic Dancers of Chicago, and more for the whole family, with two performances each day by Hammer and Pick, 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.

All day

Music and dance performances at the gazebo in town square park

December 13th and 14th, 2019

Lucia Nights

7pm - 10pm

Bishop Hill Steeple Building

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December 13th and 14th, 2019

Lucia Nights

A Swedish-themed evening Christmas celebration for the whole family in historic Bishop Hill with crafts, shops and lots of music.  


Hammer and Pick will play songs of the season throughout the evening in the informal setting of the Steeple Building on the southeast corner of the town square.  Drop in for a while, and bring the family!

7pm - 10pm

Bishop Hill Steeple Building

Contact Us

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Hammer and Pick

(309) 550-4887