The American folk song in Centralia

Centralia Historical Museum presents Illinois troubadour Mark Dvorak May 15

CENTRALIA IL - The Centralia Historical Museum Speakers Series will present a special concert presentation “The American Folk Song” with singer songwriter, storyteller and banjo player Mark Dvorak on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm CDT.


The program is Dvorak’s exploration into the roots of American song. He will perform folk classics like “This Land is Your Land, “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” and “Oh Susannah.” He’ll mix in standards from the Great American Songbook like “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie.” Dvorak will also include stories about growing up in the Chicago area, songs he remembers from his grandparents and songs he learned while a student at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.


Dvorak is busy at work on his 20th CD, Live & Alone, recorded during the pandemic for a live WFMT broadcast in an empty concert hall. He is also planning to release a new collection of essays, 31 Winters, also due out later this year.

He has performed in thirty-eight states and in parts of Europe and Canada. He has won awards for journalism and children’s music. In 2013 he received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International and in 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 The Midnight Special  radio program host Rich Warren named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

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