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 29
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over
twelve years touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly
observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul
and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements. His fourth release, One More Time Around,
was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track Pass It Along won the Folk and Acoustic
category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him "one of Canada's most inspiring
and imaginative storytellers". In 2015 he put together a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott
Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth album Further Down the Line, earning his
second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year. The album is packaged in a 132-page
softcover book offering a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant rambling. Cook is one of
the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007.
All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
Visit the web site.
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
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
Join the WFMT Fine Arts Circle