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I Come For to Sing:The Homecoming Alumni Concert

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Join us for this fun-filled homecoming event featuring many friends and former teachers. Join Frank Hamilton, the very first teacher of the Old Town School, along with many other familiar faces from the past and present including Ted & Marcia Johnson

A Beginner Learns Guitar

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A Beginner Learns Guitar is MD's 29 page reflection for those who are new to the guitar and for those who haven't started yet. The chapters are presented in chronological order and invite the reader to visualize much about their hands and their guitar.

Folk singer Dvorak to present Academy of Lifetime Learning



February 22, 2012

CHARLESTON IL - A free workshop presented by professional folk singer Mark Dvorak is planned for March 14.

The workshop is sponsored by Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education's Academy of Lifetime Learning, in cooperation with Tarble Arts Center and the Illinois Humanities Council Roads Scholar Speakers Bureau.

New Old Town School of Folk Music classes

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The new session at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago begins March 5, 2012 and there is still room in MD's classes. 

Mondays beginning March 5, 8:00 pm - Guitar 4Ever with Mark Dvorak

Tuesdays beginning March 6, 6:30 pm - Tuesday Folk Ensemble

Win Stracke's Dream


Singer, performer, activist, educator and co-founder of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music, Win Stracke was born on February 20, 1908. 

To celebrate Win's centennial birthday, MD posted the essay, Win Stracke's Dream, four years ago.

Read Win Stracke's Dream

Noam Pikelny on WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour


In 2010 five string banjo wizard Noam Pikelny was awarded the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny credits the Old Town School of Folk Music and MD with getting him started on the path of five string banjo mastery.

Last month, Pikelny was in Lexington KY for an appearance on the WoodSongs Old Time Radio hour with host

Best Albums of 2011 by Michael Glitz


Award winning free lance writer Michael Glitz has weighed in on his picks for the best albums for the year 2011. Number 24 is Live From the Old Town School, an historic 127 song collection documenting more than fifty years of concert performances at the legendary center for folk and acoustic arts.

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Chicago area listeners can purchase all of MDs CDs at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Music Store. The store is located in the Lincoln Avenue West Building, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

All purchases of course, support the Old Town School of Folk Music, its programs and initiatives. 

Cover Me


Two MD originals have been included on projects recently released by Chicago artists. MD performs the previously unreleased, In the Shadow of the Mountain on the latest Sons of the Never Wrong CD, Church of the Never Wrong. 

The historic recording features a host of Chicago artists performing original material with the Sons. …

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