DECATUR — The folk trio Chickadee Sermon has been immersed in music since they met at Millikin University nearly five years ago.
Their experiences have influenced their most recent musical endeavor.
Chickadee Sermon will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at the Rock Springs Nature Center. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are folk and bluegrass, but a little bit more mellow,” Olivia Tasch said.
The group performs original music such as “Some Strange Living,” “Cold, Cold Water” and “Out there in the Pines.” They also play cover songs by artists ranging from the Grateful Dead to Emmylou Harris. Tasch said the group has been influenced by both types of music.
“Emmylou’s vocal styles and the Grateful Dead and their bluegrass styles are inspiring,” she said.
The trio is Tasch, her husband, Mike, and their friend Jennifer Hood. Although they have each been performing in various groups for about 10 years, Chickadee Sermon has been playing together for just more than a year.
“We played in a couple of rock bands together,” Mike Tasch said. “But we wanted to play folk music.”
The trio is familiar with Rock Springs and the venue, but Sunday evening’s show will be their first time performing there.
In the past, they have played at the Donnie’s Homespun Pizza in Decatur, C-U Folk and Roots Festival and the Iron Post, both in Urbana, and Maguire’s in Bloomington. Each member of the trio has played in different groups, including as a duet and as a band.
“We connect pretty well together,” Olivia Tasch said. “But we’ve been all connected with the Decatur music scene, too.”
Mike and Olivia Tasch have performed together as an ensemble in tribute bands, as well as original bands. Hood has performed with various local musicians, including with her parents.
Millikin was an influence on their music. As students, they often took independent music classes. Mike Tasch graduated with a degree in music in 2009.
While on campus, they were surrounded by the people and the artistic culture of the school, they said.
“Many of our friends were music students,” Olivia Tasch said. “It was a conducive environment.”