The American Folk Song

Park Ridge Library hosts Chicago folk artist on April 14

PARK RIDGE IL - The Park Ridge Public Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a musical presentation “The American Folk Song,” on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 pm. The Library is located at 20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge.

Dvorak will perform examples from African-American and British Isles traditions and songs from American folk artists such as Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He’ll also share stories of growing up in the Chicago area and learning music.


He continues to be an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music. Since 1986 he has worked with thousands of music students who have passed through his classes. He has helped many a beginner get through their first chords and strums, and has hosted a catalog of master classes and workshops on a range of subjects from old-time banjo picking to the legacy of the great Lead Belly, to just about every other topic related to the study of American folk music.

“He’s the real deal,” said James Tomasello, Old Town School Program Manager. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak is at work on his eighteenth recording project, “Let Love Go On,” due out later this year. 

“At this stage of the game,” said the singer, “I feel like I’m doing my best work. I’m very excited about the new songs and CD, and am very excited to be back in Park Ridge."

The Chicago Tribune calls Dvorak "masterful," while SING OUT! Magazine says, "Dvorak shines!" His song writing has been called "wondrous" and "profound," and the Old Town School of Folk Music calls him, "the real deal." Mark Dvorak's song book ranges across the American heartland. His show is funny, passionate, intimate and unforgettable. Don't miss this rare appearance.

“I like being able to work in the comfort of my home studio,” he said. "At home, I can work until I get a take I really like; something that has the energy and life of a live performance. At this point in the game, I feel like I’m doing my best work."

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To learn more about Mark Dvorak, visit his homepage at

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