Plank Road is a music club in the western suburbs of Chicago. We have regularly scheduled sessions for our members, where they can participate in sing-arounds, jam sessions, song circles, barn dances and other music events. We encourage participation by everyone who attends — experienced and beginning musicians are all welcome to join in!
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17 Songs -- folk, country, string band and more!
"Down the Old Plank Road Volume 3"
Plank Road Folk Music Society is pleased to announce the release of our latest recording in a series that began in 1995. Down the Old Plank Road - Volume 3 is a collection of music performed by current Plank Road members, and is available to the public at over 150 streaming sites, including those listed below. This online album features a variety of folk, country and barn dance tunes, covering 100 years of American music — from traditional to contemporary — performed by a mix of established pros, and a number of our “regulars.
27 years ago a group of Plank Road members recorded Volumes 1 and 2 on cassette tapes, which were reissued last year in digital format. We decided it was time to put together a new set of songs performed by some of today’s current Plank Road members.
Volume 3 features 17 tracks performed by 12 different groups and individuals. Two artists from the original cassette recordings — Mark Dvorak and George Mattson — appear on Volume 3 with brand new songs.
Performers Include the Plank Road String Band, Ashley & Simpson, Comfort Food, Lonesome Eagle, Fiddle Fret n’ Whistle, and Sons of the Prairie, as well as solos by other current members.
Check it out! The music is available for anyone to listen to, free of charge, on most streaming sites. Just go to your favorite site and look for Down the Old Plank Road Volume 3. NOTE: Be sure to enter the full title. Here are some of the more popular sites:
This project is consistent with our organization’s mission statement: To preserve and promote traditional folk music and dance.
Save the Date! September 18
PRFMS Annual Meeting
Sunday afternoon, September 18, our popular Annual Meeting will be held outdoors in the courtyard area next to the church.
Some snacks and beverages will be provided
Bring your own chairs if possible
It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together! On September 18 we can reconnect with folks, enjoy the camaraderie — and, of course, do some serious jamming with George Mattson leading our sing-around.
VIRTUAL Fox Valley Festival
The 2022 Fox Valley Folk Festival will not be a live event this year. There were Covid issues among their key staff and they have decided to use a "live streaming" format again this year. We will publish the schedule of events, once they are set. There are some great performers on their list as well as some terrific workshops. So, let's support them wherever we can.
LIVE Sing-Arounds Details
Down the Old Plank Road, Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available for streaming. Check out all three!
Archived QuarterNotes are available!
A tip-of-the-hat to Plank Road!
Official cap and t-shirts are just some of our Plank Road Merchandise! Take a look here!
2022 Membership Form: Please download and print this Membership Form