The Archives Podcast
By Old Town School of Folk Music
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Follow us to hear select recordings from the archives in our Resource Center; music by our teaching artists; and The Archives, a podcast dedicated to celebrating the people and stories that have shaped Chicago’s vibrant folk music community. The Old Town School of Folk Music teaches and celebrates music and cultural expressions rooted in traditions of diverse US and global communities. Visit www.oldtownschool.org for more information on classes, concerts, the Resource Center, and other programming at the Old Town School.
||CleanEp 16.5 - EXTRA: Robbie Fulks & Steve Dawson||This is a special extra episode featuring excerpt…||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 16 - 60 Years Of Folk, Part 4: A bigger tent||By the early 1980s, “folk” was a four-letter word…||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15.5 - In sacred trust: Stephen Wade, Fleming Brown & Hobart Smith||This is a special mini episode on the musical lin…||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 15 - 60 Years Of Folk, Part 3: Folk clubs and all-night parties||Folk music changed significantly over the 1960s, …||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14.5 - EXTRA: Ted & Marcia Johnson||This is a special mini episode featuring the stor…||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 14 - 60 Years Of Folk, Part 2: Folksingers and folk families||This episode shares the stories of the school’s f…||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 13 - 60 Years Of Folk, Part 1: Come for to Sing||Sixty years ago, in the holiday season of 1957, C…||11/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12 - Five from the Archives - City of New Orleans||In this episode on “City of New Orleans,” we chat…||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11 - Five from the Archives - Cindy||Part five of our series on songs of the Old Town …||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10 - Five from the Archives - Gypsy Davy||In the second of two podcasts featuring descenden…||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9 - Five from the Archives - The Gypsy Rover||Tracing the journey of the ballad “The Gypsy Ladd…||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8 - Five from the Archives - Sloop John B||Episode 8 of the Archives tells the story of “The…||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7 - Five from the Archives - John Henry||This episode on the classic American ballad “John…||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6 - Five from the Archives - We Shall Overcome||In the first episode of our Five from the Archive…||2/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5 - Appalachian Balladry Workshop by Anna & Elizabeth||Episode 5 of the Archives features excerpts from …||11/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4 - The Armstrongs, Part 4: The Wandering Folksong||In the fourth and final episode of our podcast on…||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3 - The Armstrongs, Part 3: From the Mountains to the Midwest||In Episode 3 we continue to meditate on George an…||7/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2 - The Armstrongs, Part 2: George & Gerry Armstrong, Unsung Musicologists||In Episode 2, Mareva Lindo and Emma Rothman explo…||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1 - The Armstrongs, Part 1: Introducing the Armstrongs||The Archives is a podcast brought to you by the R…||7/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Tons of Interesting Stuff!
The archives at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music are full of interesting stuff. Give this free podcast a listen and stop by next time you’re in the neighborhood!
Excellent dive into Chicago’s rich folk music past
Highly recommended for the attention to detail, both in music choice and storytelling. Listening to the podcasts about the Armstrong family opened my ears to their tunes, and I learned a great deal about their impact on folk music in the process. :)
Bringing the Folk Back to the School of Folk
In an era when Philip Glass plays The Old Town School of Folk Music, it is really great to discuss the roots of the Chicago institution and put the focus back on good ol' folk music (if only for the length of this fun and informative cast). I have only listened to the first four shows so far, but the hosts use the musical archives to fine effect: good music, good commentary, and even did some new interviewing. I know the Archives must have a lot of great material, so I look forward to continued explorations! Song gathering and sharing for the modern age.