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We Shall Overcome


Frank Hamilton remembers Zilphia Horton, Guy Carawan, Pete Seeger and “We Shall Overcome"

from an interview with Frank Hamilton April 1, 2014 in Lexington KY

FRANK HAMILTON: I first heard the song in Topanga Canyon, California up at the Will Geer ranch. And there were kids from the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee that came over who had learned the song from Zilphia Horton. Ziphia Horton was married to Myles Horton who was the head of the Highlander Folk School, a very important institution. And they had sung the song and I listened to it and thought to myself, “That’s a very nice song, but it needs something.”

Earth Day 2019

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Mark Dvorak, Trinadora headline Earth Day benefit concert in Rockford April 22

ROCKFORD IL - On the first Earth Day in 1970 celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, an estimated ten thousand elementary and high schools and hundreds of other communities across the United States. And according to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 193 countries and is “the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people.”

On Monday, April 22 the Rockford Listening Room presents an Earth Day Benefit Concert at Just Goods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 7th Street. …

The American Folk Song


Park Ridge Library hosts Chicago folk artist on April 14

PARK RIDGE IL - The Park Ridge Public Library welcomes Chicago’s “official troubadour” Mark Dvorak for a musical presentation “The American Folk Song,” on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 pm. The Library is located at 20 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge.

Dvorak will perform examples from African-American and British Isles traditions and songs from American folk artists such as Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He’ll also share stories of growing up in the Chicago area and learning music.

He continues to be an integral member of the faculty at Chicago’s remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music. …

Acoustic Roots Workshop

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Dink’s Song

Folklorist John Lomax recorded a woman known only as Dink, singing her version of this song while washing clothes near the Brazos River in Texas in the early 20th century. Old Town School cofounder Win Stracke loved the song and the anonymity of its creator. Performed here by Win, accompanied by Richard Pick. From the 1961 LP “Americana.”

Click here or on the image to listen.


If I had wings like Norah’s dove

I’d fly up the river to the one I love

fare thee well oh honey, fare thee well

One of these days and it won’t be long

you’ll call my name and I’ll be gone

I’d fly up the river to the one I love

Schubas Acoustic Brunch

Schubas Acoustic Brunch with troubadour Mark Dvorak March 3

CHICAGO IL - Schubas, 3159 Southport, welcomes Mark Dvorak, Chicago's official troubadour, to the Acoustic Brunch stage Sunday, March 3 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. The show is for all ages and there is no cover charge.

“The Acoustic Brunch is very popular here at Schubas,”said general Manager Mike Schuba. "Mark is our favorite brunch stage artist, and we’re always glad to have him back,” he said.

“Schubas underwent a major renovation and we’ve been off for over a year,” said Peggy Browning of the Old Town School of Folk Music. …

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