Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Put yourself in the room where live folk music thrives
Folkstage is a one-hour concert series featuring the finest traditional and singer-songwriter talent in folk music. Each year, some two dozen concerts come to you live from local venues or WFMT's studio. Additional episodes feature selections from 45 years of archival performances, including from the Old Town School of Folk Music.
You might also like The Midnight Special, a thematic mix of folk music and more every Saturday night from 9 pm to midnight after Folkstage.
Folkstage is available for free streaming in two different ways – live during the broadcast and on demand via the rights-compliant 5-hour, non-interactive player below within two weeks of the broadcast.
John Gorka Live from Acoustic Renaissance
Expansive, warm, sophisticated, astute and wry. It’s all there in the songs and stage presence of a central figure of contemporary folk music: John Gorka.
Joe Crookston live from St. Tim’s
A passionate artist, songwriter, guitarist and fiery fiddler, Joe Crookston performs his brave and distinctive songs at St. Tim’s Coffeehouse at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Skokie.
Burning Bridget Cleary from The Archives
The charismatic Rose Baldino’s Burning Bridget Cleary quartet delivers crackerjack fiddle work and tightly woven harmonies in a live performance at WFMT from 2014.
Kitty Donohoe Live from WFMT
A live solo performance by Kitty Donohoe, whose repertoire is steeped in Irish Heritage and rich with stories of exceptional women.