Folk masters

Folk masters to perform in La Grange December 1

LA GRANGE IL - Wesley’s Place Live Music Listening Room welcomes three Midwest folk artists Jim Craig of Deerfield IL, Bill Camplin from Fort Atkinson WI and Mark Dvorak from Brookfield IL, for an in-the-round performance on Friday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. The event takes place at the 1st United Methodist Church of La Grange, 100 W. Cossitt Avenue.

Raised on traditional music, singer and guitarist Jim Craig has been active on the Chicago area folk music scene since 1967. He has performed and jammed with luminaries like Art Thieme, Fred Holstein and Steve Goodman. Craig’s distinctive baritone, eloquent arrangements and a wide-ranging repertoire have made him a long-standing audience favorite. 

“I cam of age during the folk boom,” Craig said. “I was listening to Pete Seeger and Dave Van Ronk, but also more obscure musicians like Dock Boggs and Pink Anderson, folks who were off the map but rediscovered in the early 1960s.”

Since 1991 Craig has been the proprietor of Hogeye Music, 1920 Central Street in Evanston IL. Find out more at

Bill Camplin is the iconoclastic singer, songwriter, band leader and co-owner of the legendary Cafe Carpe located on the banks of the Rock River downtown Fort Atkinson WI. Camplin came out of the Milwaukee scene performed widely in Wisconsin and the Midwest before opening Cafe Carpe with his partner Kitty Welch. They modeled the venue after the clubs Camplin had attended and played at previously. 

“I feel very much like a club owner who is inserting himself into the mix,” said Camplin. “It’s funny how that works out. You get together, you do something and you have a good time. Each time I get together with Jim and Mark we all get a little more comfortable. The music finds its way out in new ways. Visit

Mark Dvorak has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International in 2013. In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm Midnight Special host Rich Warren named him Chicago’s “official troubadour.” Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

General admission is $15. To reserve visit 

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