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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, February 7

Villa Palagonia (Allison Scola & Joe Ravo)

Villa Palagonia Villa Palagonia: Where North, South, East, West, and Humanity Collide! Multifaceted guitarist Joe Ravo and multi-instrumentalist and singer Allison Scola created Villa Palagonia, an ensemble that calls upon their southern Italian roots and American know-how. Eclectic, acoustic pop brushed with hues of Mediterranean folk is the avenue on which Villa Palagonia perches - yet the side streets and dusty alleyways that these musicians have traveled offer engaging timbres woven together by songs imparting tales of the old world and the new.

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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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