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The Folk Show with host Kathy Kelly welcomes MD to WNUR 89.3 fm on Sunday, February 19 at 11 am. Tune in or stream live at

On Saturday, February 25, 12 pm, MD joins host Dan Kugler for the hour on Somebody Else's Troubles. Folks in the Chicago area can listen at tune in at 88.7 fm or stream live from the world wide web at

New Old Town School class tabs & handouts posted

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Click the Old Town School tab in the above menu to visit MD's acoustic roots workshop.

New class tabs and hand outs are posted on a regular basis, and the archive will be up to date shortly. 

This session, check out guitar materials for Dolly Parton's Jolene, a raggy finger style arrangement to Hank Williams' Hey Good Lookin', plus tabs for the old time tune Spotted Pony and the melody to the beautiful Guantanamera.

Banjo pickers will enjoy tabs for Spotted Pony, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Angeline the Baker, Over the Waterfall and two versions of Goin' Down the Road Feelin Bad.

Get on the Street Team

New shows posted! MD will be touring around this winter. Shows in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and back home in Chicago. With a few clicks you can print out flyers to pass along to your friends, and copy text and images and post to your email and Facebook networks.

Get on the team here.

Old Town School : A New Place to Play

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BY DAVE HOEKSTRA Staff Reporter/ January 6, 2012 3:16 pm

A trio of concrete panels highlight the exterior of the new Old Town School East Building, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. The panels are bold and muscular in a Chicago way, but they celebrate the tender diversities of music. When combined, the panel depict the word "music" in 28 different languages.

Stylized hands spell the word in American Sign Language.

Another one spells "music" in Braille.

There's Cherokee, German, Greek, Korean and more.

The $16 million building opens its doors to all walks of life 10:30 am Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the blessing of the beige brick exterior with a sing-along.

Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me Folk DJ #64

MD's Waterbug release Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me charted #64 on the Folk DJ list for 2011. Tracks receiving the most airplay were The Middle Years, the traditional Two Little Boys, It'll Be Better When It's Better, Ruben You Can Play Your Banjo, written by Bartholomew Bean, The Bluebells In Kentucky and the title track, Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me.

Alison Krause and Union Station's CD Paper Airplanes ranked first on the Folk DJ list, followed by Gillian Welch's  The Harrow and the Harvest and The Wailin' Jenny's Bright Morning Stars.

Illinois Entertainer Review

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"Folksinger/songwriter Mark Dvorak's fourth release, 'Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me,' features 12 originals, plus three live tracks. Dvorak's songs about life, time, and age are delicately crafted with familiar, folksy warmth. His voice conjures the spirit of Buddy Holly while he pours his heart and soul into the music. 

Various styles are on display here: hints of bluegrass, country & western-tinged songs with banjo and fiddle - good ol' down-home folk ditties. His reflection on the passing of time is the major theme, though Dvorak shows that you can look back while keeping a watchful, hopeful eye on the future."

WDCB faves for 2011


Lilli Kuzma, host of WDCB Public Radio's "Folk Festival," recently posted her "Fave's List" for 2011. Folk Festival can be heard in the Chicago area on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm, at 90.9 fm and streams live at

We're pleased that Lilli included MD's Waterbug release Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me  on her list.

MD will be Lilli's in-studio guest on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 pm. Hope you can tune in. Preview the tracks and order your copy of Time Ain't Got Nothin' On Me at the store.

Here's the Folk Festival on WDCB  Public Radio Faves for 2011

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