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Gweneal Messe a guitarist from Vitre, France writes:

I live in France and discovered you on by chance. I can't stop listening to your song 'I Hate to See the Summer Go.' It is a fantastic song!

I want to know if it's possible to get the tab of this song somewhere. I play guitar and I would be glad to play it.

Thank you Gwenael! 

Download it here. Included are the lyrics, chord chart and a tablature of MD's instrumental break. We hope that gets you started. 

Stay in touch if you need something else, and let us know if you post a YouTube performance of the song. We'd love to share it with others!

Leading & Following at the Folk Jam


CHICAGO - The Old Town School of Folk Music presents a hands-on workshop, Leading and Following at the Folk Jam with Mark Dvorak on Sunday, August 5 at 2:00 pm. The workshop will last two hours and will take place at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Those interested in attending should bring their instruments.

"Mark is the jammaster here at the Old Town School," said program manager Jimmy Tomasello. "Nobody in the Midwest, possibly the nation has led more jam sessions and sing alongs than Mark. He started back in the 1980s and has continued right on through the legendary Folk Club Sessions and our own Thursday Night Special Folk Jams here at the School. …

I Hate a song...


"I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too far or too slim, too ugly, too this or too that. Songs that run you down on account of your bad luck or hard traveling..." - Woody Guthrie

Join Mark Dvorak, Old Town School of Folk Music students, faculty and friends for the Woody Guthrie Folk Jam on Sunday, July 22 at 3 pm. The acoustic jam and sing along will take place in Maurer Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, as part of the Chicago Square Roots Festival, sponsored by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

Chicago Square Roots Festival


The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce present Square Roots, the first ever craft beer and music experience in Chicago's Lincoln Square. 

The festival will be held in both buildings on the Old Town School Lincoln Square campus, the 4544 West Building, and the newly opened 4545 East Building. The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21 and 22.

"We're kicking the summer festival season up a notch and tapping into all that Lincoln Square has to offer," said Old Town School Executive Director Bau Graves. "We are bringing in more that 35 acts including music, dance parties, jams and family activities. …

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