Baldwin, Michigan

Folk Fridays presents ‘Once I Had an Old Banjo’ 

BALDWIN MI - The Lake County Historical Society welcomes folk troubadour, songwriter and 5-string banjo master Mark Dvorak to the Folk Friday concert series on Friday, July 29 at 7:00 pm. The the program will highlight the sounds, stories and evolution of the 5-string banjo, and takes place at the Museum, 915 N. Michigan Avenue.


"The Museum is celebrating Baldwin’s sesquicentennial all year long,” said Museum Curator Jill Engleman. “Our Friday Folk series has been a big and this year we’re presenting concerts that are rooted in our shared history."

“Mark is master musician, storyteller and banjo player,” she said. “He’s a Midwest treasure and we’re overjoyed that he is coming to Baldwin.”

Dvorak is busy at work on his 20th CD release Live & Alone, recorded in an empty concert hall during the height of the pandemic lock down. He is also planning to publish his fourth book of essays, 31 Winters,  which reflects on his long journey through music and teaching.

“At this stage of the game,” said the singer from his home outside Chicago, Illinois, “I feel like I’m doing my best work.” 

The Chicago Tribune has called Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” Dvorak has won awards for journalism and children’s music, and was honored in 2013 with the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International. In 2008 he received the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012 Rich Warren, long time host of The Midnight Special radio program named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.” 

For information phone (231) 898-6500 or (231) 233 0991. Learn more about Mark Dvorak at

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