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Mark Dvorak

Mark Dvorak

Mark Dvorak is a musician, teacher and songwriter. He lives along the DesPlaines River in Riverside, Illinois. When not on the road, he teaches at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, where he’s been on faculty since 1986.


He has given concerts in almost all of the United States and has made visits to Finland, Canada and Ireland. To date, Dvorak has released sixteen albums of traditional and original music, including Waterbug’s acclaimed “Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me.”


Dvorak has won awards for children’s music, journalism and was honored in 2008 with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 he received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International.


The Chicago Tribune has called him, “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm Fine Arts Radio named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.”


In 2013 he published his second collection of essays and poetry, “Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road.”


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