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Old Town School of Folk Music class celebrates Woody Guthrie


The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago has added an 8 week class, Bound for Glory : The Woody Guthrie Ensemble, to its Session 3 class listing.  Beginning Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 pm, the class will become acquainted with America's great folk balladeer through his songs and his story. 

Heather Styka & MD co-bill at Maple Street


Maple Street concert director Paul Zimmerman announced that a special Sunday evening concert featuring MD and rising star Heather Styka has been added to the 2013 season.

"We're very excited about this concert," Zimmerman said. "Heather is gaining a lot of attention for her songwriting and performances, and we couldn't pass up the chance to pair her up with Mark."

Homeplace Pickin' Party receives top award

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The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has given The Judge's Recognition Award to The Homeplace Pickin' Party Old-Time Music Festival as part of the 2012 Top 10 Festivals and Events. MD has appeared at the Homeplace Pickin' Party every year since 1999. 

My Love Grows


Chicago singer-songwriter Donna Adler performs a beautiful duet with MD on My Love Grows on her just released Stories to Keep, her fourth CD. My Love Grows is already receiving airplay throughout the Midwest. 

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Pretty Boy Floyd


All across the country folks are celebrating the Woody Guthrie centennial year. Guthrie, born July 14, 1912, wrote over a thousand songs in his lifetime. "And those," Will Geer once said, "would be counting only the ones he took the time to write down."

Conversation Concert in Rockford IL April 24


Conversation Concerts to feature Midwest troubadour Mark Dvorak

ROCKFORD IL - Snapshot Music welcomes Midwest Troubadour Mark Dvorak for a Concert Conversation on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:00 pm. The concert will take place at Emerson House, 420 North Main Street, Rockford.

8th annual Spring Sing @ Ten Pound Fiddle

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MD will be the last-minute stand-in song leader for the Ten Pound Fiddle's 8th Annual Spring Sing in East Lansing, on Friday, March 9 at 8 pm.

Minnesota's Sara Thomsen, an innovative choir director, was originally scheduled as the event's song leader, but had to cancel due to a bout with the flu.

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