When folk music was a real ‘hoot’: How the Old Town School began – Chicago Tribune


“One student stepped up to the mike,” the Tribune reported in April 1958. “(He) asked the audience to smile, took a snapshot, then hitched his guitar around his neck and sang, ‘Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.'”

And so began what is now a 60-year tradition of student performances at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, which had opened Dec. 1, 1957, and helped propel the folk music craze that was sweeping the country.


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