The American Folk Song

WASHINGTON IL - The Washington District Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak to its performance series on Monday, September 26 at 6:30 pm. 

Dvorak will present “The American Folk Song,” a musical exploration into the roots of American music.  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. 

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Dvorak is 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 Bau Graves, Executive Director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for almost thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Dvorak released his seventeenth album last July, “Back Home,” on his own Ten Fingers label. “It’s a compilation of the different kinds of songs I like to perform live,” said the singer, who recorded the project in his home studio, and played all the instruments. “I like being able to work in the comfort of my home studio. At home, I can work until I get a take I really like; something that has the energy and life of a live performance,” he said. 

Admission to the program is free. The concert will be held at the Washington District Library, 380 N. Wilmor Road. For more information phone 309 444 2241 or go online to www.washington.lib.il.us.

To learn more about Mark Dvorak, visit his homepage at www.markdvorak.com.

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