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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, February 1
House of Hamill

House of Hamill Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms", their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. In the summer of 2018, their quirky all-violin cover of "Sweet Child Of Mine" went viral, amassing over 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook in just a few weeks, and was picked up by publications all over the world. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

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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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