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Calendar

Folk duo Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern can be found sharing their music, teaching, or giving presentations on the following dates. More information may be found on their website's Calendar page.

There are no dates listed now, but check back often. Chris and Alvin are sure to have something booked soon.
To see where McIntosh & McGovern have previously performed, go to the Past Events page.

If you'd like to have McIntosh & McGovern entertain for your organization or event, contact them call or e-mail them through their website as soon as possible to determine their availability, and to find out their fees. 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.

If you're interested in having Chris and/or Alvin teach for your group or at an event, contact them call or e-mail them through their website for more information, and to find out their rates.

– This is a pass-the-hat venue.

Means only Alvin McGovern will be appearing at/involved in this event.

Saturday, June 17, 2000, 7:30 p.m.

None of the Above Coffeehouse
“The Vaudeville of the Chicago Folk Scene”
Second Unitarian Church
656 West Barry Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

An number of performers that make for an interesting evening. It's in a church, but that doesn't stop it from sometimes being a little edgy.

Saturday, December 9, 2000, 7:30 p.m.

Yuletide Celebration
None of the Above Coffeehouse
“The Vaudeville of the Chicago Folk Scene”
Second Unitarian Church
656 West Barry Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

We'e tickled to be part of this multi-focused celebration again.

Friday, September 21, 2001

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

We are so happy to featured at this nationally known venue.

A very modest donation is requested. Coffees, teas, hot cider, cocoa, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase.

Saturday, March 9, 2002, 8:00 p.m.

Edgar's Place
Unitarian Universalist Church
70 Sycamore Drive
Park Forest, Illinois
708-481-5339
uuccpf.org

Join us for a TV-free evening's entertainment.

Saturday, April 26, 2003, 8:00 p.m.

Benefit for the Earth Harmony Fund
Unitarian Church of Hinsdale
17 W. Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois
630-323-2885
Map

We're happy to be among the impressive list of performers featured in this concert to help support a good cause, including Ray Seffer, Tom Lakars, Dan Perrin, Eric Lugosch, Dave Martin, Jano, Christine Gaylord & Joe Wadz, Michael Miles, Jeffrey Hedquist, Natural Bob & Micky Holdsworth, Joe Hickerson, Suzane Buirgy, and Tom Dundee. You'll be happy you came.

Friday, October 3, 2003

Masthouse
528 E. Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-FOLK(3655)
WoodstockFolkMusic.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Map

Kind of a monthly folk festival, or maybe it's an open mike. Everyone except the Featured Performer has a two song or ten minute set, and tonight we're the MCs. Link to their website to find out how to be one of the performers yourself.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Universal Blend Coffeehouse
3401 W. Jefferson Street
Joliet, Illinois

We'll do what we usually do in December—holiday songs. It'll be fun. Bring your voice.

Sunday, December 28, 2003, 7:00 p.m.

Folk Cabaret Night
Bill's Blues
1029 West Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois
BillsBluesBar.com

We'll be one of the four featured performers. Not quite New Year's Eve, but still one of the Twelve Days of Christmas, so we might sing a holiday song or two.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Woodstock Folk Festival
Woodstock Square
Woodstock, Illinois
WoodstockFolkFestival.org

A festival we've been attending for years, and this year they've invited us to be one of the featured performers on the Main Stage. Enjoy the music from 12:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., and look for us to start our set at 4:45 p.m. Details and directions on their website.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

The Two Way Street Coffee House is one of the most respected coffeehouses in the country, so it's a real honor to be asked back. We're looking forward to having a good time. Hope to see you there.

Friday, March 17, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

Friday at the Ford
Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut Street
Western Springs, Illinois
708-246-0520

Who says you have to drink to enjoy St. Patrick's Day? You don't, but come and find out for yourself by joining us in singing the music of the annual celebration—without the expense of buying a round.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. No reserved seating, so get there early, and bring a friend or two.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The 20th Annual Jones Family Christmas Show
featuring The Jones Family, Art Lang and Cathy Ciolac, and Chris McIntosh & Alvin McGovern
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We're honored to be asked to be part of this annual tradition, one that we've been going to ourselves. The Jones Family is also sharing the stage with us and Art Lang and Cathy Ciolac. Members of the Jones family have been performing for this event many years. Come on out with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 2, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

The Lake County Folk Club Showcase Stage
El Barrio Restaurant
1122 Diamond Lake Road
Mundelein, Illinois
847-566-0475
Map TheLakeCountyFolkClub.org

The Lake County Folk Club was formed in 1992 by a group of folk music enthusiasts who wanted to create a place where acoustic music could be played and heard. Later this year the Showcase Stage will feature Mark Dvorak, Tom & Chris Kastle, Kat Eggleston, Ed Holstein, and Michael Smith, so it's an honor to be invited to play here.

The venue is a little out of the way, but the roads are well marked so it's easy to find. Good Mexican food, and you can even order something from the bar. We'll be getting ready for St. Patrick's Day, so expect an extra couple of Irish songs in the mix, and we're planning on making this an entertaining way to bring in the work week. You can plan on bringing your voice and maybe a friend or two.

Friday, June 27, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Bean Encounters Coffee
859 S. Ridge Road
Minooka, Illinois
815-521-3747

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Featured Performers
Masthouse
528 E. Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-FOLK(3655)
WoodstockFolkMusic.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Map

Kind of a monthly folk festival, or maybe it's an open mike. Everyone except the Featured Performer has a two song or ten minute set, and tonight we're the Featured Performers. Link to their website to find out how to be one of the performers yourself.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

December 19th is almost Christmas. And one of the things that means is that it's time for the Two Way Street Coffee House Christmas Show featuring The Jones Family, plus us.

The Jones Family has been the centerpiece of this annual event for almost as long as the Two Way Street has been in existence. Indeed, for some hearing the Joneses sing is part of their family's Christmas tradition. And that's been true for us too. However once again we'll also be on stage as well as members of the audience. The old-timey repertoire of the Jones Family compliments the more popular, but no less folky, songs we sing. And both the Jones and us share a passion for creating community with music.

The first of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A $5.00 donation is requested. Coffees, teas, hot cider, cocoa, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Gary Steffenson and Kathy Feldman Wedding

Gary and Kathy are students of ours, and they asked us to sing at their wedding reception. They joined us in singing our last song, “All the Good People” by Ken Hicks, arranged by Fred Holstein.

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
Map folk.MapleStreetChapel.org

We're sharing the stage with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family and all your voices.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

Once a year the Two Way Street offers an evening of Christmas Music. The emphasis is on traditional and contemporary holiday songs that beg to be sung by everyone. Okay, maybe there'll be a couple of pieces meant to be listened to too—but not many.

As we have for the last few years, we'll be there bringing songs about stables and mangers, angels and shepherds, and Santas and flying reindeer. We love sharing the Christmas music we grew up with and holiday songs that we've learned along the way. There's also sure to be a round or two of… rounds.

And we will be joined by our musical friends Steve and Sylvia Francois. We were introduced to Steve and Sylvia when we were all among those featured many years ago at the legendary None of the Above Coffeehouse, “The Vaudeville of the Chicago Folk Scene.” They have beautiful singing voices and pull some of their repertoire from many of the folk performers of the 60's and 70's that we enjoy. We've all been wanting to sing together for… a long time. And now we have the chance.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

“What's Blooming on Harrison Street”, Oak Park, Illinois

This art show is really on Harrison Street between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard. We'll be doing three 45 minute sets on the street, each at a different location. Here is our performance schedule:

12:00 p.m.
Eastgate Cafe, 102 Harrison Street
1:00 p.m.
Harrison Works, 17 Harrison Street
2:00 p.m.
Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium, 329 B Harrison Street

All along Harrison Street there will be other performers and many artisans. Something for everyone, so you're sure to enjoy yourself.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

We're honored to be playing again at this well respected, nationally known venue. So many of our favorite performers have graced this stage over the years, and we're tickled to be counted among their ranks. Bring your voice and a friend.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. A $7.00 donation is requested. They serve coffees, teas, hot cider, cocoa, soft drinks, and snacks. Nothing you could make a meal out of, but if you come early there are several excellent restaurants within walking distance, ranging from Subway and pizza to fine dining!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Masthouse
528 E. Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-FOLK(3655)
WoodstockFolkMusic.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Map

Kind of a monthly folk festival, or maybe it's an open mike. Either way, we'll have the same two song or ten minute set as everyone except the Featured Performer, and we usually lead the Masthouse Band. Link to their website to find out who the Featured Performer is, and how to be one of the performers yourself.

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map EastgateCafe.net

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Masthouse
528 E. Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-FOLK(3655)
WoodstockFolkMusic.com
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Map

Kind of a monthly folk festival, or maybe it's an open mike. Either way, we'll have the same two song or ten minute set as everyone except the Featured Performer, and we usually lead the Masthouse Band. Link to their website to find out who the Featured Performer is, and how to be one of the performers yourself.

Monday, August 23, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Miss Carole’s Baloney! CD Release Party
Capannari's Ice Cream
10 S. Pine Street
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
847-392-2277
Map and directions

Just out! Miss Carole's sixth CD: Baloney! Alvin can be heard playing guitar or ukulele on most of the tracks.

This promises to be a very fun event. Read all about it and mMake plans to come out with your little ones to enjoy the music and some really good ice cream.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Art on Harrison
OakParkArtsDistrict.com
Oak Park, Illinois

The Oak Park Arts District's annual fall art show, which will be taking place September 10-11th, 2010. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Arts in the Oak Park Arts District,” and will consist of visual artists, dancers, & musicians. We'll be one of many featured performers doing 40 minute sets, and Chris will also be joining the Harrison Street Ukelele Players:

12:00 p.m.
Harrison Street Ukelele Players - Cuyler & Harrison Outdoor Stage
2:15 p.m.
McIntosh & McGovern - Taylor & Harrison Outdoor Stage

All along Harrison Street there will be other performers and many artisans. Something for everyone, so you're sure to enjoy yourself. Just because we're only performing on the 11th doesn't mean you can't take in the event on the 10th as well.

Tuesdays, September 21, 2010 - November 23, 2010

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education

LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois

708-579-6573
lths.net/Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/ (case sensitive)

The 10 week Winter 2010 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, September 22, 2010 - October 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele class
Lyons Township Adult Education

LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois

708-579-6573
lths.net/Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/ (case sensitive)

The four week Meet the Ukulele class Chris is teaching. No experience necessary. Students will need a playable soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. All other materials will be provided. For more details go to the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturdays, October 9, 2010 - October 30, 2010, 10:00 a.m.

Beginning Ukulele class
Tobias Music
5013 Fairview Avenue
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-960-2455
MapTobiasMusic.com

The three week Beginning Ukulele class Alvin is teaching.

The ukulele is enjoying a renewed popularity. It is small, easy to play, and there are good ones available at a modest price. It's ideal for anybody who always wanted play “something.” Why not get in on the fun!

No experience necessary to take this class. Students will need a playable soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. All other materials will be provided. Call or e-mail Tobias Music to sign up—and do it TODAY.

If you're not sure if your ukulele is playable, visit the store before the first day of class and have them check it out. And yes, they sell ukuleles.

Wednesdays, October 20, 2010 - October 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Christmas/Holiday Songs Ukulele Workshop
Lyons Township Adult Education

LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois

708-579-6573
lths.net/Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/ (case sensitive)

The two week Christmas/Holiday Songs Workshop Alvin is teaching.

The holidays are a great time for sharing music with friends and family. Start building your Christmas/holiday song repertoire, and learn some new skills in the process. Join the fun!

Students must bring a soprano, concert, or tenor size ukulele to class. All other materials will be provided. For more details go to the Adult Ed online catalogAdult Ed website or call LT Adult Ed.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of some basic ukulele chords.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Come and Celebrate 40 Years
Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

We're not actually featured, but we'll be here notwithstanding.

2:00 p.m.
Doors open and the fun begins. Jam sessions (old-time, bluegrass, Irish, more), singer/songwriter circle, old-time barn dance, open mike, sing-around, and concerts led by Chicago-area music organizations, plus fast food, exhibits, CD and apparel boutique and more. Ten rooms of activity!
7:30 p.m.
Concert in the church auditorium.

More details on their site. Come join in the appreciaton of this venerable folk venue.

Saturday, December 4, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
Map folk.MapleStreetChapel.org

We're sharing the stage with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family and all your voices.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
Map

Once a year the Two Way Street offers an evening of Christmas Music. The emphasis is on traditional and contemporary holiday songs that beg to be sung by everyone. Okay, maybe there'll be a couple of pieces meant to be listened to too—but not many.

As we have for the last few years, we'll be there bringing songs about stables and mangers, angels and shepherds, and Santas and flying reindeer. We love sharing the Christmas music we grew up with and holiday songs that we've learned along the way. There's also sure to be a round or two of… rounds.

And we will be joined again this year by our musical friends Steve and Sylvia Francois. Steve and Sylvia's tastes in songs is very similiar to ours. In fact once they introduced a song by saying, “Here's one that Chris and Alvin would do if they knew it,” and they were right—so we learned it too. They have beautiful voices and we look foward to singing with them on a couple of selections as well as enjoying what they'll have to share on their own.

Saturday, December 18, 2010, 9:30 a.m.

Miss Carole's 9th Annual Christmas Sing-Along!
The South Church
Downstairs in Fellowship Hall
501 S. Emerson Street
Mt Prospect, IL
Map

Ellen Dassow and McIntosh & McGovern join with other musicians and a storyteller for Miss Carole's holiday tradition. Moms, Dads, Kids, and Grandparents will enjoy this hour of favorite holiday songs and stories. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit a worthy organization. More on Miss Carole's Calendar.

Saturday, December 18, 2010, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

And next Saturday is Christmas, so we're sure to bring our book with songs about Infants, shepherds, stars, wise men, Santas, elves, snow… The ones we used to always sing at this time, and maybe a couple of new ones.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Tuesdays, February 8, 2011 - April 26, 2011

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois

708-579-6573
lths.net/Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/ (case sensitive)

The 10 week Spring 2011 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 9, 2011 - March 2, 2011

Meet the Ukulele class (7:00 p.m. – No experience necessary)
More Ukulele class (8:30 p.m.)
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois

708-579-6573
lths.net/Academics/Departments/Adult_Education/ (case sensitive)

The four week Meet the Ukulele and More Ukulele classes Chris is teaching. Students will need a playable soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. All other materials will be provided. For more details and to sign-up go to the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

How Do I Love Thee?: A Valentine Melange
Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Reservations for dinner between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Map

Dinner and a special program of music and more to share with your special someone.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Opening for Sarah McQuaid
Woodstock Folk Festival Concerts
Stage Left Cafe
125 West Van Buren Street
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-4212

The proceeds from the concert help fund the Woodstock Folk Festival, which will take place this year on Sunday, July 17th. Come out and see Sarah and us in May, and then the festival in July.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

“What's Blooming on Harrison Street”
On Harrison Street between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard
Oak Park, Illinois

Look for our performance times and locations on their website.

All along Harrison Street there will be other performers and many artisans. Something for everyone, so you're sure to enjoy yourself.

Saturday, July 16, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map EastgateCafe.net

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Tuesdays, September 27, 2011 - November 29, 2011

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
(Map)

The 10 week Winter 2011 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, September 28, 2011 - October 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
(Map)

The four week Winter 2011 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Annual Fall Festival
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, Illinois
630-668-6012
Map

The event begins at 11:00 a.m. We have been one of the performers on this stage organized by the Plank Road Folk Music Society, but not this year. It's a fun time though, and we recommend it.

Wednesdays, November 2, 2011 - November 9, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
(Map)

The two week Winter 2011 Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele Alvin is teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Friday, November 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Amy Beth & Friends
The Corner Room
303 Hoy Avenue
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-4245
Map AmyBeth.WoodstockFolkMusic.com

An intimate venue where Amy encourages anyone who wants to to share their talents. We're featured, but “Everyone gets to perform!”

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
Map folk.MapleStreetChapel.org

We're sharing the stage with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family and all your voices.

Sunday, December 4, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Hootenanny

Private. Alvin leads the singing and playing of songs of the season. Yes, we are available to perform for private functions and events. Contact us to find out our rates and availability.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Program

Private. Yes, we are available to entertain at your private function. Contact us to find out our rates and availability.

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

Miss Carole's 10th Annual Christmas Sing-Along!
The South Church
Downstairs in Fellowship Hall
501 S. Emerson Street
Mt Prospect, IL
Map

Ellen Dassow and McIntosh & McGovern join with other musicians and storyteller Dot Cane for Miss Carole's holiday tradition. Moms, Dads, Kids, and Grandparents will enjoy this hour of favorite holiday songs and stories. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit a worthy organization. More on Miss Carole's Calendar.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Two Way Street Coffee House
TwoWayStreet.org
1047 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, Illinois
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
630-969-9720
Map

We're honored to be featured again at the annual Two Way Street Christmas Show. This year we will be sharing the stage with Tom and Cathy and Bob, which is made up of Tom and Cathy Jones of the Jones Family String Band, and their friend Bob Smith. Join us and the Ghost of Chritmas Present singing the songs and carols we grew up with, and maybe a couple of new ones too.

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

How Do I Love Thee?: A Valentine Melange
Maple Street Chapel
Folk Concert Series

(folk.MapleStreetChapel.org)
5 West Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
630-627-0171, mailbox “2”
Map folk.MapleStreetChapel.org
Tickets may be reserved on their website.

Our program of songs and more with Valentine's Day in mind. Bring someone special.

Tuesdays, February 21, 2012 - May 1, 2012, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The 10 week Spring 2012 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 29, 2012 - March 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The four week Spring 2012 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – St. Patrick's Day

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
MapEastgateCafe.net

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.“ It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) assures us that the menu will be enhanced with green beer and corned beef, and we're bringing the songs. We're asking you to bring your appetite, your voice, and a friend or two. We're sure St. Patrick wants to be associated with a good time.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, May 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
MapEastgateCafe.net

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

“What's Blooming on Harrison Street”
On Harrison Street between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard
Oak Park, Illinois

We are scheduled to perform on two stages:

12:00 p.m.
Harrison Street and Taylor Avenue
2:30 p.m.
Harrison Street and Harvey Avenue

All along Harrison Street there will be other performers and many artisans. Something for everyone, so you're sure to enjoy yourself.

Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 p.m.

Playing Without a Pick Sample Class
Old Town School of Folk Music (OldTwonSchool.org)
4545 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

Get an overview of fingerpicking, thumb strumming, plucking, and more.

Alvin is teaching this guitar mini-class. It's part of September's Open House Friday, a monthly event at this location.

Tuesdays, September 18, 2012 - November 20, 2012

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The 10 week Winter 2012 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oak Park Arts District (PakParkArtsDistrict.com) Art & Music Festival
Gallery PINK (GalleryPINK-ElkinsStudio.com)
149 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
708-648-3131
Map

We're only one of several performers appearing at this festival, all of whom can be found on their site under “Art on Harrison: Music!” No doubt it will be fun.

We'll also be performing with the Harrison Street Ukulele Players at Lyman Avenue and Harrison Street from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, September 26, 2012 - October 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The four week Winter 2012 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Sunday, October 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Creating a Set 101 Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

With over 40 years of experience to draw from, Alvin offers a workshop for creating a set, with ideas and insights that beginning and seasoned performers will find useful.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Festival Music Stage
Danada Equestrian Center
3 S 507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, Illinois
630-668-6012
Map

The Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We're scheduled to be performing from 4:10 p.m to 4:40 p.m. subject to how well they stay on schedule. It's a family event with plenty to do and see, and we're looking forward to sharing the Music Stage with performers we've played with and gone to see at other venues. Wander around or simply hang around the music for an enjoyable day.

Friday, October 26, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

6 String Social: Haunted Songs
Old Town School of Folk Music
909 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Alvin is bringing songs with ghosts just in time for Halloween. The 6 String Social is a fun way to start Friday night.

Pre-registration is not required, although it is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome. It's priced right too. Open to all instruments and all skill levels. Heck, just come to sing.

Wednesdays, November 7, 2012 - November 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Ukulele Repertiore
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

Songs to play and sing with your ukulele. All levels welcome. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
MapEastgateCafe.net

We arrived on Thursday for this week's Oak Park Ukulele Meet-up Group, and the owners asked us if we could please be a last-minute substitute for Saturday's performer. Apparently we said yes. :-)

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Wednesdays, November 28, 2012 - December 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

This two week workshop uses sacred and secular songs. All levels welcome. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
Map folk.MapleStreetChapel.org

We're sharing song-leader duties with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family, your friends, and all your voices.

Friday, December 7, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Ensemble Stage Featured Performer
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

It's the First Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and for a nominal fee you can spend the evening making or listening to music, or dancing the night away. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. We'll be doing a set in Szold Hall in the east building beginning 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Songs Workshop
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

A great way to enjoy the holidays is by getting together with family and friends to sing the songs and hymns of the season. This workshop provides plenty of lyric sheets with ideas and techniques for accompaniments. Alvin McGovern brings over forty years of experience playing and singing this music in any number of formal and information settings.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Annual Christmas Show
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We're so happy about being invited back to be part of this long-standing tradition, singing the songs and carols of the season with our audience. And we're sharing the evening this year with The Joneses and Friends. Members of the Jones family have been performing for this event many years. Come on out with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, February 12, 2013 - April 30, 2013

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The 10 week Spring 2013 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 13, 2013 - March 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The four week Spring 2013 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – St. Patrick's Day Eve

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
MapEastgateCafe.net

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) usually does something special for St. Patrick's Day, so tonight we're bringing the music as a kind of appetizer for tomorrow. We'll help you warm up your singing voice for then, and why not bring a friend or two to join in the fun.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Wednesdays, April 3, 2013 - April 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele–Extra!
More Ukulele–Extra!

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The extra (apparently) two week Spring 2013 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Friday, April 5, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Nibbles’ Play Cafe
13 Huntington Lane
Wheeling, Illinois
847-229-0400
Map

Nibbles’ was created for moms, dads, grandparents, and care givers as a great place to have some adult time while the kids have fun. Nibbles’ indoor play areas are designed to keep young children busy using their imagination. Their kid friendly restaurant and play rooms make this the perfect place for children ages 0-6.

Alvin McGovern plays and sings folk and novelty songs that are fun for young and old to listen to or join in with.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Map

The Two Way Street Coffee House is one of the most respected coffeehouses in the country, so it's a real honor to be asked back. We're looking forward to having a good time. Hope to see you there.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

“What's Blooming on Harrison Street”
On Harrison Street between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard
Oak Park, Illinois

We will be performing as members of the Harrison Street Ukulele Players for 45 minutes beginning at 12:15 p.m. at the Harrison Street and Taylor Avenue stage, and as ourselves for one hour beginning at 4:00 p.m. at:

Val's Halla Records
239 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
(Map)

All along Harrison Street there will be other performers and many artisans. Something for everyone, so you're sure to enjoy yourself.

Thursdays, September 5, 2013 - October 24, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Guitar 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Armitage
909 W Armitage Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

See the class description(http://bit.ly/15BeRU6) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up.

Mondays, September 9, 2013 - October 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up.

Tuesdays, September 17, 2013 - November 19, 2013

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The 10 week Winter 2013 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, September 18, 2013 - October 9, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The four week Winter 2013 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Festival Music Stage
Danada Equestrian Center
3 S 507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, Illinois
630-668-6012
Map

The Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a family event with plenty to do and see, and we're looking forward to sharing the Music Stage with performers we've played with and gone to see at other venues. Wander around or simply hang around the music for an enjoyable day.

Wednesdays, October 30, 2013 - November 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele--Extra!
More Ukulele--Extra!

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The two week Winter 2013 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

We've asked our friend Terry Fitzgerald to play a short set that evening. Terry has a repertoire at least as varied as ours, and he doesn't share it as often as we'd like; so this is our modest attempt to correct that.

The Eastgate Cafe describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Wednesdays, December 4, 2013 - December 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

This two week workshop uses sacred and secular songs. All levels welcome. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We're sharing song-leader duties with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family, your friends, and all your voices.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

Annual Christmas Show
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We are honored to be invited back to be part of this long-standing tradition, singing the songs and carols of the season with our audience. We usually share the stage with one of our performing friends, but as of this writing we're not sure who that will be. To find out, come join us with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Mondays, January 6, 2014 - February 24, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up.

Tuesdays, February 4, 2014 - April 15, 2014

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The 10 week Spring 2014 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 5, 2014 - February 26, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

The four week Spring 2014 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Thursdays, March 6, 2014 - April 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Guitar 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Armitage
909 W Armitage Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

See the class description(http://bit.ly/15BeRU6) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Saturday
Eastgate Café
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) assures us that the menu will be enhanced with green beer and corned beef, and we're bringing the songs. We're asking you to bring your appetite, your voice, and a friend or two. We're sure St. Patrick wants to be associated with a good time.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Graue House
3800 S. York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois
630-655-2090

We are their first weekend event of 2014, and we'll be featuring our older songs. As usual we'll be happy to have our audience join in.

Mondays, June 23, 2014 - August 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

Fingerpicking 1 introduces the guitar player to strumming hand methods that will make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and introduce a style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Monday, September 8, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 2
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Fingerpicking 2 introduces to the player to more advanced methods.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/otsfm-fp2) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Tuesdays, September 16, 2014 - November 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The 10 week Winter 2011 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, September 17, 2014 - October 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Winter 2014 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Danada Fall Festival
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road
Wheaton, Illinois
Map

We're so happy to have been asked again to be one of several performers appearing at this annual event. Although we've been scheduled for the 1:15 p.m. half-hour slot, that may change. Best plan is to come early and enjoy the other performers and/or take in the festival.

Mondays, October 27, 2014 - December 15, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 1
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

Fingerpicking 1 introduces the guitar player to strumming hand methods that will make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and introduce a style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Wednesdays, December 3, 2013 - December 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Songs Workshop for Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573

This two week workshop uses sacred and secular songs. All levels welcome. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Yule Sing-along
Maple Street Chapel
5 W. Maple Street
Lombard, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We're sharing song-leader duties with other performers, all contributing our talents for this annual community sing. A freewill donation is requested. Come with your family, your friends, and all your voices.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

Annual Christmas Show
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We are honored to be invited back to be part of this long-standing tradition, singing the songs and carols of the season with our audience. Thia year we'll be sharing the stage with Two Way Street favorite George Mattson, who may himself be joined by one of the members of his trio. Come join us with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

And next Thursday is Christmas, so we're sure to bring our book with songs about Infants, shepherds, stars, wise men, Santas, elves, snow… The ones we used to always sing at this time, and maybe a couple of new ones.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Mondays, January 5, 2015 - February 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking 2
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Fingerpicking 2 introduces to the player to more advanced methods.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/otsfm-fp2) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Tuesdays, January 20, 2015 - March 24, 2015

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The 10 week Spring 2015 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 4, 2015 - February 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Spring 2015 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, March 4, 2015 - March 25, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

More Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

A second offering of this four week Spring 2015 Ukulele Class for students who have just completed Meet the Ukulele and anybody else who knows a few chords and is looking for a class. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Sunday
Eastgate Café
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) assures us that the menu will be enhanced with green beer and corned beef, and we're bringing the songs. We're asking you to bring your appetite, your voice, and a friend or two. We're sure St. Patrick wants to be associated with a good time.

For those who are observing the Ides of March, you may wear togas.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Friday, April 24, 2015, 8:00 p.m.

The Beatleleles
O'Sullivan's Public House
7244 Madison Street
Forest Park, Illinois
708-366-6667
Map

The Beatleleles is a ukulele-centric Beatles cover band that Chris and Alvin belong to.

Mondays, April 27, 2015 - June 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Fingerpicking Repertoire
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Fingerpicking Repertoire introduces to the player to more advanced fingerpicking methods.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/otsfm-fp2) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Eastgate Café
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

The Beatleleles
Eastgate Café
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

The Beatleleles is a ukulele-centric Beatles cover band that Chris and Alvin belong to.

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, maybe a glass of wine or beer, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or a simple night out with friends.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Friday, July 24, 2015, 8:15 p.m.

Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

It's an honor to be invited back to play at this nationally known venue, in operation since 1970, where many of our own favorite performers have been featured. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., and it's best to get there early.

Mondays, August 31, 2015 - October 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Fingerpicing
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Introduction to Fingerpicing teaches the guitar player how to begin using the strumming hand to make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and start incorporating a guitar playing style style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

45th Anniversary Celebration
Two Way Street Coffee House (TwoWayStreet.org)
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
Map

The Two Way Street Coffee House has been presenting mostly local folk and acoustic performers to audiences in the western suburbs every Friday, except holidays, since 1970. This is a nationally known venue, and there's a reason it has survived so long. You should find that out for yourself by coming by any Friday evening whether or not you're going to this event.

We'll be there with the Free Range Ukulele Society of Oak Park (FreeRangeUkuleleSociety.com) leading a Ukulele Jam at 2:00 p.m. Come one, come all… and bring a friend or two! Non-ululele-players are welcome as well to lend voices in the singing.

Friday, December 18, 2015, 8:15 p.m.

Annual Christmas Show
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We are honored to be invited back to be part of this long-standing tradition, singing the songs and carols of the season with our audience. This year we'll be sharing the stage with Cathy Jones and friends Bob Cordova and Chuck Maltese. Come join us with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Mondays, January 4, 2016 - February 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Fingerpicing
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Introduction to Fingerpicing teaches the guitar player how to begin using the strumming hand to make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and start incorporating a guitar playing style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Tuesdays, January 26, 2016 - April 12, 2016

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The 10 week Spring 2016 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, January 27, 2016 - February 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Spring 2016 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, February 24, 2016 - March 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

More Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Spring 2016 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Saturday
Eastgate Café (EastgateCafe.net)
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or maybe simply a night out with friends.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) assures us that the menu will be enhanced with something green to drink (Eastgate Café is temporarily a BYOB restaurant), and corned beef, and we're bringing the songs. We're asking you to bring your appetite, your voice, and a friend or two. We're sure St. Patrick wants to be associated with a good time.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

5th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Invitational
Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock
225 West Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
Map

We are one of eight artists each donating their time and talents to this fundraiser for the Woodstock Folk Festival (WoodstockFolkFestival.org), and doing material about “Journeys,” this year's theme. This annual festival has been in existence since 1986, and is always held on the third Sunday in July in the historic town square in Woodstock, Illinois. Check out their flier for more details.

Mondays, August 29, 2016 - October 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Fingerpicing
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

Introduction to Fingerpicing teaches the guitar player how to begin using the strumming hand to make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and start incorporating a guitar playing style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Tuesdays, September 20, 2016 - November 29, 2016

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The 10 week Winter 2016 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, September 21, 2016 - October 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Winter 2016 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, October 19, 2016 - November 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

More Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Winter 2016 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 8:15 p.m.

Annual Christmas Show
Two Way Street Coffee House
1047 Curtiss Street
(Across from the Downers Grove Public Library)
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-969-9720
Map

We are honored to be invited back to be part of this long-standing tradition, singing the songs and carols of the season with our audience. We usually share the stage with another performer or group, so check back here often to find out who that will be. Come join us with a friend or two, and immerse yourself in the music of the season.

First of two sets begins at 8:15 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays, January 12, 2017 - March 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Guitar 2
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

See the class description(http://bit.ly/2kG24A3) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up.

Wednesdays, January 25, 2017 - February 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Ukulele
More Ukulele

Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Spring 2017 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Tuesdays, February 7, 2017 - April 18, 2017

Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The 10 week Spring 2017 Folk Guitar and Banjo Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Wednesdays, March 1, 2017 - March 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

More Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

The four week Spring 2017 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://tinyurl.com/ltaecatalog) or call LT Adult Ed.

Mondays, March 6, 2017 - April 24, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Introduction to Fingerpicking
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000

Introduction to Fingerpicking introduces the guitar player to strumming hand methods that will make accompaniments more interesting, add melody playing, and introduce a style sometimes called Travis Picking.

See the class description (http://bit.ly/12MDlvC) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Thursdays, March 9, 2017 - April 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Guitar 2 Repertoire
Old Town School of Folk Music - Lincoln
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
773-728-6000
Map

The continuation of Guitar 2, and also a good refresher for anyone who hasn't played for a while.

See the class description(http://bit.ly/2kG24A3) for more details, and call the school (773-728-6000) to sign-up. Be sure to contact the Old Town School of Folk Music at least five days before the starting date to assure yourself a place in class.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Saturday
Eastgate Café (EastgateCafe.net)
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois
708-660-9091
Map

This little restaurant describes itself as “a blend of European culture and American fare in a relaxing and friendly environment… a great place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.” It has a modest menu, and everything on it is excellent. Good food, and fun music. Sounds like the makings of a date night to us, or maybe simply a night out with friends.

Owner Patrick Dailey (can you have a more Irish name?) assures us that the menu will be enhanced with green beer and corned beef, and we're bringing the songs. We're asking you to bring your appetite, your voice, and a friend or two. We're sure St. Patrick wants to be associated with a good time.

Eastgate Cafe is a pass-the-hat venue.

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Music and Stories Celebrating Masthouse Hosts Steve and Sylvia Francois
Off Square Music (OffSquareMusic.org)
Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock
225 W. Calhoun Street
Woodstock, Illinois
Map

We have known and played with (and for) Steve and Sylvia... well, for a long time. We have appeared with them at several venues, and invited them to be our special guests couple of times at the Two Way Street Coffee House Christmas Show. We are listed as “many others” on the venue's concert schedule, and are looking forward to sharing the song we sing because of them.

Arrive early for best seating. The suggested donation is $3.00, however more is always apprecited.

Wednesdays, April 5, 2017 - April 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Even More Ukulele
Lyons Township Adult Education
LT High School, South Campus
4900 Willow Springs Road
Western Springs, Illinois
708-579-6573
Map

One of the four week Spring 2017 Ukulele Classes Chris and Alvin are teaching. For more details and to sign-up see the Adult Ed online catalog (http://bit.ly/1weL2UL) or call LT Adult Ed.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Amy Beth & Friends
The Corner Room
303 Hoy Avenue
Woodstock, Illinois
815-338-4245
Map
AmyBeth.WoodstockFolkMusic.com

An intimate venue where Amy encourages anyone who wants to to share their talents. We're featured, but “Everyone gets to perform!”