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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, April 27
Alastair Moock

Alastair Moock Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alastair Moock has made a name for himself on the folk and Americana circuit, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe and playing renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival. When Moock's twin daughters were born, he turned his focus to children's music, releasing four award-winning albums for kids and families. In 2017, he returned to his singer-songwriter roots with his first "grownup" album release in ten years. The end result was eleven shimmering new tracks that evoke a wide breadth of American musical textures - early Nashville, country blues, Western swing, a tinge of gospel - but, most of all, the kind of intimate storyteller's approach at which Moock excels. Alastair started performing in 1995, moving from his home outside New York City to the folk haven of Boston. After working his way up through the local coffeehouse and club circuit, he began touring the U.S. and Europe, eventually graduating to renowned events like the Newport Folk Festival and Norway's Bergen Music Fest and opening for national acts like Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Greg Brown. In 2007 Moock was nominated for a Boston Music Award for Outstanding Singer-Songwriter of the Year. In his own words, Alastair is now "firing on all cylinders," performing shows for adults, kids, and everyone in between. Like the folk and blues heroes to whom he often pays tribute in his shows - Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger - Moock makes little distinction between his audiences: "Music is music, people are people. I just want to tell stories."

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NEWS

 

Thanks to those of you who pledged on April 6 we raised over $43,000, exceeding our goal for the evening. I deeply appreciate your continuing support.
Rich

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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