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Ross writes:

Hi Mark, I’m a student of yours from a long time ago. I’ve been listening to you play Deep Ellum Blues lately and was wondering if you have it tabbed out and would be willing share it with me? I’m working on a flat picking arrangement but I really enjoy fingerpicking but can’t find an arrangement anywhere. 

I took three classes with you in the 90s, was away for twenty years, then came back in 2018 to The Beatles Ensemble since then.

Kind regards, Ross

Sure thing Ross!

The melody for Deep Ellum Blues (some spell it Elum - Elm Street) orbits around a G chord. The first Study tab is intended to help the player find the melody all the while keeping your picking thumb bouncing from the sixth string to the fourth.

Live music comes back to Schubas


Singer songwriter Mark Dvorak appears at Schubas July 29

CHICAGO IL - Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a social-distance live show on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm. Seating is limited, tables are well-spaced and there is no cover charge.

When the singer songwriter began his career in music, he knew right away he was in it for the long haul. Thirty-two years later he is still writing, on the road performing and recording.

Let Love Go On is Dvorak’s eighteenth recorded release and represents a creative milestone. He produced, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered the entire project. …

Lake Odessa Depot Day

Chicago folk artist Dvorak headlines entertainment in Lake Odessa July 25

LAKE ODESSA MI - Chicago’s “official” troubadour Mark Dvorak will be among the performers on the entertainment stage at Lake Odessa Depot Day Saturday, July 25. The social-distance event takes place at the Lake Odessa Area Historical Society and Depot Museum 1117 Emerson Street and runs from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

"Bob Warner recommended that I get in touch with Mark,” said Thelma Curtis entertainment chair for the event. “He said that Mark has performed a number of times at the Jamboree and has become quite the favorite. …

On Your Radar with John Platt video


July 14 On Your Radar with John Platt, features Siobhán O’Brien, Tragedy Ann & MD

GLEN HEAD NY - The New Folk Initiative presented a special virtual edition of “On Your Radar” Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 pm eastern daylight time. The live-streamed program featured the music of Tragedy Ann, a duo from Guelph, Ontario, Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak and Siobhán O’Brien from Limerick, Ireland. 

“On Your Radar” is a monthly showcase for emerging artists at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. The showcase moved online with COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo from Guelph, Ontario. …

Once I had an old banjo

Folk singer Dvorak brings songs, stories & banjoes to Park Ridge Library virtual performance July 16

PARK RIDGE IL - The Park Ridge Public Library will present Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak in a virtual performance Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 pm central daylight time. 

“Once I Had an Old Banjo,” is Dvorak’s exploration into the origin and evolution of the five-string banjo.

“The five-string banjo is truly an American instrument,” said Dvorak who will show and play about a dozen banjoes from his collection. 

“The sound of the 5-string banjo captures something in the foundation of American roots music. …

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