Batesville IN Applefest

Chicago folk artist Dvorak featured at Applefest September 24

BATESVILLE IN - Chicago’s “official” troubadour Mark Dvorak will appear at the 27th Batesville Applefest for two shows and a workshop on Saturday September 24. 

At 1:00 pm Dvorak will present a one hour workshop. “Finding Your Folk,” at Amack’s Well Community Coffee House, 103 E. George Street. The workshop will cover several approaches to instrumental technique and an introduction to the history and teaching philosophy of Chicago’s remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music, where Dvorak has been on faculty since 1986. The workshop is free and those attending are encouraged to bring their acoustic instruments.


At 3:00 pm Dvorak will give a full concert at Liberty Park, at Park Avenue and Central. The concert is free and all ages are invited.

Dvorak will return to Amack’s Well for a free 7:00 pm coffee house show. 

“Whenever I hear Mark perform,” said Michael Kruse, Batesville Memorial Library director, “I am reminded of the beauty and power of music. We’re thrilled that he will be joining us this year for Applefest.”

“He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, Executive Director of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. ”Mark has made music his life and livelihood. He’s been a top faculty member at the school for almost thirty years. His performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Last year Dvorak released his seventeenth album, “Back Home,” on his own Ten Fingers label. “It’s a compilation of the different kinds of songs I like to perform live,” said the singer, who has performed in thirty-eight states, and in Canada, Ireland and Finland. “And this autumn I’ll be back in the studio working on new material."

In 2013 Dvorak was honored by Folk Alliance International with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contributions to folk and community music. That same year he published his first book of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road.” 

The Chicago Tribune calls Dvorak "masterful," while SING OUT! Magazine says, "Dvorak shines!" His song writing has been called "wondrous" and “ profound.” 

For more information on the Batesville Applefest phone 812 934 4706 or visit online at For information on Amack’s Well Community Coffeehouse phone 812 932 9355 or visit

For more information on Mark Dvorak visit his web site at

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