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 17
Naming the Twins
Naming the Twins is the Nova Scotia based, harmony rich guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kath Glauser whose vocal blendings
sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night
off, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if they had had a girl harmonizer. Their original material maintains the tradition
of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers. Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles and remarkably well
matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform. Their presentations are well balanced with thoughtful ballads and
toe-tappin' numbers, transporting the listener with lyrical imagery and sweet harmonies. Robbie Smith has been a songwriter,
singer and player of instruments all his life. From an early age, through the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova
Scotia, his imagination took flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flowed back through his pen and onto the page. His
truly inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea and the attention of Roger Whitaker who recorded four
of Smith's songs. Robbie has also shared the stage with Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron and recorded several albums of his own.
In 2008, after years of being a solo artist, Robbie was taken with the voice of an acquaintance and knew he had found his vocal
soul mate - a special blend that some performers never find. From the beginning, Kath Glauser brought her clear natural folky
harmonies, organizational skills and engaging stage presence to the table and has since added lead vocals, guitar and mandolin.
Recently she helped write 3 of the songs on their latest album, Turn Styles. Not twins by birth, but twins at heart,
they share a sibling like sense of humour and harmony.
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