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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 are 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 45 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 Peter & Nancy Clark, Andy & Becky Anderson, an Anonymous Family Foundation and the members of the WFMT Fine Arts Circle.

  Saturday, December 6

Jennifer Cutting and the Ocean Orchestra

Jennifer Cutting and the Ocean Orchestra What do you get when you cross Scottish and Irish jigs with a rock and roll rhythm section; power-pop and classical symphonic themes with spine-tingling electronics? You get OCEAN, the intoxicating musical cocktail from genre-bending composer/bandleader Jennifer Cutting. Cutting directs an all-star ensemble of the Washington, D.C.-area's favorite Celtic musicians. Alternately ethereal and house-rocking, an OCEAN concert features Cutting's newest electric folk arrangements of traditional tunes and her award-winning original songs. With its buoyant beats and soaring Celtic melodies, OCEAN provides an uplifting soundtrack for traveling hopefully on life's changing seas. Audiences can lose themselves in dreamy reverie, or cut loose and dance to the propulsive beat of electric jigs and reels. It's a marriage of otherworldly Celtic beauty and raw World-Beat energy. There's nothing else like it anywhere...OCEAN is Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns! The concert will be broadcast live at 6 PM from the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Hinsdale, 11 W. Maple, Hinsdale and is open to the public. This is a Folkstage series concert and members will be admitted free. For the public, tickets can be ordered from: www.acousticren.com

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RIP Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 - November 19, 2014)


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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