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 showcasing the people, music 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 22 - Second Half, Part 4: Jim DeWan & Elaine Moore||A running theme throughout Old Town School histor…||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 21 - Second Half, Part 3: Remembering Becca Babcock||[Content warning: Brief profanity, conversation a…||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating 50 Years at 909 W Armitage (REBROADCAST)||Before we take an end-of-year break, we want to r…||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 20 - Second Half, Part 2: Jon Langford & Sally Timms||Jon Langford and Sally Timms--of The Mekons and c…||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 19 - Second Half, Part 1: Peggy Lipschutz||Welcome back! This season, we bring you Second Ha…||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaser & Rebroadcast - 60 Years of Folk, Part 1: Come for to Sing||Welcome back! We've got a fresh new season for yo…||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 18 - 60 Years of Folk, Part 6: Old Town School today||The Old Town School has grown exponentially in th…||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17.5 - EXTRA: La Peña||In this special episode, Resource Center engineer…||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 17 - 60 Years of Folk, Part 5: Expanding the definition of folk||From Wiggleworms to the Latin Music Festival, thi…||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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…||9/15/2016||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|
In depth and highly entertaining!!
I love this podcast! Just listened to the new episode, “Come for to Sing” and was extremely impressed with both the style of storytelling, and the interviews taken from the Old Town Schools archives. What a treat to hear from Studs Terkel, Pete Seeger, Dawn Greening and many others who played an integral part in the creation of the Old Town School. 10/10 would recommend to anyone interested in folk music of any kind, the Chicago folk scene, and the Old Town School of of Folk Music. Enjoy!!
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.
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. :)