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Picture of McIntosh & McGovern in concert

Folk duo Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern have been playing, singing, teaching, and mentoring in the greater Chicago area since the early 1980's. Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) (FARMfolk.org) said as much when they honored Chris & Alvin with their 2008 Lantern Bearer Recognition award.

Although they typically perform alone, McIntosh & McGovern ocassionally have a bass player. Two of them have been Marilyn Cummins, who they met through the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Ellen Dassow, Alvin's goddaughter.

As of this writing, if you want to hear Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern, you're going to have to find them in concert because they don't have any recordings. And of course you or your organization can book them. They are happy to play for large and small groups, and are just as comfortble in a front room setting as they are on a stage. Contact them by phone or e-mail them through their website.

On Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m., Alvin is teaching a Playing With a Pick sample class at the Old Town School of Folk Music's monthly Open House Friday. More details on our Calendar page...
On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Lyons Township Adult Education Folk Guitar and Banjo classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, September 22, 2012, we are performing at the Oak Park Arts District's Art & Music Festival. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Lyons Township Adult Education Ukulele Classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Sunday, October 7, 2012, Alvin presents Creating a Set Workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music. More details on our Calendar page...
On Sunday, October 14, 2012, we'll be one of the performers on the Music Stage at the Danada Equestrian Center's Fall Festival. More details on our Calendar page...
On Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Alvin is bringing the music for the 6 String Social: Haunted Songs at the Old Town School of Folk Music. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesdays, November 7, 2012, the Lyons Township Adult Education Ukulele Repertiore class begins. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, November 10, 2012, we are performing at the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park as a very last-minute substitute. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesdays, November 28, 2012, the Lyons Township Adult Education Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele begins. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, December 1, 2012, we'll be appearing at the Maple Street Chapel for their Yule Sing-along which begins at 7:30 p.m.. More details on our Calendar page...
On Friday, December 7, 2012, we'll be the Ensemble Stage Featured Performer at the Old Town School of Folk Music for one set beginning at 9:00 p.m.. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, December 15, 2012, Alvin will be facilitating a Holiday Songs Workshop at the Old Town School of Folk Music beginning at 1:30 p.m.. More details on our Calendar page...
On Friday, December 21, 2012, we'll be appearing at the Two Way Street Coffeehouse for the Annual Christmas Show which begins at 8:15 p.m.. More details on our Calendar page...
On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Lyons Township Adult Education Folk Guitar and Banjo classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesday, February 12, 2013, Lyons Township Adult Education Ukulele Classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, we are performing at the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park celebrating St. Patrick's Day Eve. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Lyons Township Adult Education Extra Ukulele Classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Friday, April 5, 2013, Alvin is performing at Nibbles’ Play Cafe beginning at 10:30 a.m.. More details on our Calendar page...
On Friday, May 3, 2013, we are performing at the Two Way Street Coffee House in Downers Grove, Illinois. More details on our Calendar page...
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, we are performing at “What's Blooming on Harrison Street“ in Oak Park, Illinois. More details on our Calendar page...
On Thursday, September 5, 2013, Alvin begins teaching the Guitar 1 class at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Armitage Avenue. More details on our Calendar page...
On Monday, September 9, 2013, Alvin begins teaching the Fingerpicking 1 class at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Lincoln Avenue. More details on our Calendar page...
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, Lyons Township Adult Education Folk Guitar and Banjo classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Lyons Township Adult Education Ukulele Classes begin. Sign up early if you can. More details on our Calendar page...
On Sunday, October 13, 2013, we'll be one of the performers on the Music Stage at the Danada Equestrian Center's Fall Festival. More details on our Calendar page...

And on a non-musical note (pun intended), we've been going to Maine for many years. You can find out more on our Gallery page.

We're Grateful

Thank you Doug Henkle for including us in your FolkLib.net list.

Thank you to the Plank Road Folk Music Society (PlankRoad.org) for including our bio in the Winter 2011 issue of their Quarter Notes newsletter on page three in connection with our February 11th, 2012, appearance at Maple Street Chapel Folk Concerts (folk.MapleStreetChapel.org).

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Picture of Harrison Street Ukulele Players in concert
Jeff Krage/for Sun-Times - Jan. 17, 2010

Picture of Miss Carole and Alvin in concert
© 2010 Heather Jackson

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Website Note

Picture of first McIntosh & McGovern website

McIntosh & McGovern have been online since the early 1990's, when the Internet became open to the public. They designed their first web page on-the-fly over the weekend that Chris gave Alvin his first ISP account as a birthday present, and she taught him what she knew about HTML. They acquired the McIntosh-McGovern.com domain in 2004. The original design was tweaked now and then, but remained essentially the same until it was totally redesigned in 2010.

Q: How many folk musicians does it take to redesign a website?
A: Three. One to redesign the site, and the other two to sing a song in harmony about how good the old design was.