Folkstage

Saturdays at 8:00 pm
closeup of a guitar and a microphone

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

March 2, 2024, 8:00 pm

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

March 9, 2024, 8:00 pm

A passionate artist and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Crookston performs his brave and distinctive songs at St. Tim’s Coffeehouse in Skokie.

Rose Baldino from The Archives

March 16, 2024, 8:00 pm

The charismatic Rose Baldino and her Burning Bridget Cleary Quartet deliver crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies in a performance from 2014.

Kitty Donohoe Live from WFMT

March 23, 2024, 8:00 pm

A live solo performance by Kitty Donohoe, whose repertoire is steeped in Irish Heritage and rich with stories of exceptional women.

Theater on Folkstage! From the Archives

March 30, 2024, 8:00 pm

A program reflecting the landscape of Chicago’s theatre with remarkable performances recorded expressly for Folkstage.