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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.

Bluesman Jimmy Burns Live from WFMT

December 2, 2023, 8:00 pm

Folkstage celebrates the 70th anniversary of Chicago’s venerable Delmark Records with singer/harmonica maestro Jimmy Burns, Tony Palmer and Jon McDonald in an exclusive acoustic blues set.

Corky Siegel Live from St. Tim’s

December 9, 2023, 8:00 pm

Chicago’s Pied Piper with a harmonica embraces every color of sound to create an inclusive parade of sound, leading his audience to places of joy and musical mysteries. He performs a rare solo show for a Folkstage broadcast live from St. Tim’s Coffeehouse at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Skokie.

Red Tail Ring from the Archives

December 16, 2023, 8:00 pm

Warm up your mid-December night with roots music from Red Tail Ring (Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp-Cohen) from July 2013.

“Voices of Winter” from the Archives

December 23, 2023, 8:00 pm

Time cannot dim the appeal of close friends in close harmony. Herdman, Hills and Mangsen brought their quintessential holiday repertoire “Voices of Winter” to Folkstage in December 2000.

“New Year’s Steve” Live from WFMT

December 30, 2023, 8:00 pm

In memory of irrepressible Chicago folk icon Steve Goodman, it’s a high-spirited hootenanny and sing-along of his best-loved songs with James Curley, Jenny & Robin Bienemann, Naomi Ashley, Dennis Leise, Jon Williams, John Abbey, and introducing Stephen Schuch.