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Folkstage is an uninterrupted, one-hour concert featuring some of the best traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. The live concerts can be heard Saturday's at 8 PM on WFMT, immediately preceding The Midnight Special.

About 26 concerts per year are broadcast live from our studio in front of an audience. The remainder of the concerts are from our archives that stretch back 55 years, recent recordings made in the Chicago area, live broadcasts from the Old Town School of Folk Music, or recorded portions of our live studio concerts that were not previously broadcast.

The series is totally listener funded, and made possible in part by Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, Freddi Greenberg & Dan Pinkert, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.


 

NEXT LIVE FOLKSTAGE:
  Saturday, November 23
Nancy Beaudette

Nancy Beaudette Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her songwriting delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss. As a budding 11-year-old musician, she cut her teeth chording along to her grandfather's old-time fiddling and devoured other influences as fast as she could find them: show tunes and pop songs and everything in the Reader's Digest Songbooks. Clarinet and saxophone made their entrance in her adolescence where Nancy excelled in her position as first chair in the high school band, and in community theatre orchestras. Singing and playing in a church choir also exerted a powerful influence over Beaudette's early musical career. For fans and listeners, it will come as no surprise to learn that this award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter also happens to be an award-winning sign-maker. Making signs and writing songs have much in common. Both begin with a creative inkling, both require a combination of love, faith, and craft, that lead us to see the world in new ways. On-stage and off, Nancy practices hometown hospitality, taking special pleasure in "greeting you at the door." Come to one of Beaudette's shows and you will experience first-hand all the warmth and welcome of a Canadian kitchen party!

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NEWS

 

Fresh roasted coffee for Folkstage members provided by Alchemy Coffee, 416 Linden Ave., Wilmette (one-block west of CTA Purple Line terminus). (847) 251-4334


HOW TO GET TICKETS TO LIVE FOLKSTAGE CONCERTS
To attend WFMT's live broadcast Folkstage concerts in our studio, you must join the WFMT Fine Arts Circle for one year. The first year requires an initiation fee of $25 plus $250 per person as the yearly membership and request Folkstage as your thank-you gift. After the first year, Folkstage membership costs $250 per person per year. Memberships are non-transferrable. We ask that you join during one of our fundraising Fine Arts Circle fundraisers in April or November, during the time Folkstage or The Midnight Special is being broadcast. (We will accept memberships at other times during the fundraiser by prior arrangement.) We present approximately 26 live studio concerts per year, although we make no guarantee of the total number. Under no circumstances do we sell admissions to individual concerts. You must subscribe for the year to attend. Donations to the WFMT Fine Arts Circle are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. All Folkstage memberships come with free parking for the concerts within yards of the door. If you have questions, please use our contact form.

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