Monthly Archives: November 2013

Folk Musician Mark Dvorak Releases New Book “Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales From The Road”

CHICAGO IL – Folk musician Mark Dvorak will perform songs and read from his new book, Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road, in a special appearance on Tuesday, December 10 at The Grafton Pub, 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue. The program begins at 9:30 pm with music from Waiting for Nellie, an acoustic trio made up of Old Town School of Folk Music members Mike Alberts, Sarah Ball and Louis Mitchell.

“For a long time now, I’ve been a scribbler of words,” said the singer about his new project. “Over the years, my wayward process of scribbling and editing, rereading and listening, has yielded this humble collection. I’m excited to be able to finally present some of my stories in printed form.”

The twenty-one essays and three poems are varied in style and subject matter, and depict an intimate and reflective look back on a life spent as a traveling musician.

Dvorak writes about searching for the grave of Louisiana-born folk and blues singer Lead Belly, and takes readers backstage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival for a jam session with the late John Hartford. He reminisces about a youthful cross-country motorcycle trip, and reflects on hearing the news of tenor Luciano Pavarotti’s death while repairing his banjo. He reports on his tour of Finland and locates the tunnel in West Virginia where the legend of John Henry, the steel-drivin’ man was born. The book culminates with the touching short story “Bowling for Christmas.”

“Mark is a natural storyteller,” said Mike Alberts, who is hosting the evening as part of his One MIke Stand acoustic series at The Grafton Pub. “He really has a gift for descriptive writing. He takes you ‘there.’ We’re really looking forward to hearing him sing and read a few of his stories.”

To date, Dvorak has released sixteen albums of traditional and original music, including Waterbug’s acclaimed Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me. He 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 Midnight Special host Rich Warren named Dvorak “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

Admission to the evening is free. Books and CDs will be available for purchase and signing. Phone The Grafton at 773-271-9000 or visit For more information visit Mark Dvorak on the web at

Media contact:
Loretta Sawyer
Loretta Sawyer Promotions

FARM Conference Showcase- A Note of Thanks

Special thanks to all the artists who performed a set in the “Uncorked” showcase  hosted by Loretta Sawyer Acoustic Arts at  Folk Alliance Regon Midwest Conferece in St. Louis; Mark Dvorak, Chris Vallillo, David Hawkins, Amy Dixon-Kolar, James Curley, Nathan Bell, Rob Lytle, Sue Fink, Jenny and Robin Bieneman, Craig Siemsen and Patty Stevenson, Adrienne Frailey, Chuck Vandervennet, Wayne Greene.


Congratulations to Mark Dvorak who was presented the Folk Alliance Region Midwest Lantern Bearer Award. This recognition is presented by the F.A.R.M Board of Directors to an individual who has contributed locally and regionally to folk performance arts and the folk and dance community for twenty-five years or more.




On Sunday December 1 the DISH TV Network will present a national broadcast of WoodSongs In Ireland: Celebration of Bluegrass at 1:30PM EDT on Dish Channel 102 as part of the BlueHighways TV Network programming.

Loretta Sawyer Promotions assisted Lonesome Day Records in the promotion  of Jeff Parker’s new CD It’s Christmas Time

Mark Dvorak’s book “Bowling for Christmas and other tales from the road will be available for holiday gift giving…pre-order at

The article Karl Shiflett 20 years and Still Kicken’ written by Loretta Sawyer will be published in the December 2013 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

Loretta Sawyer Promotions is providing specialized radio distribution and promotion to Folk and Americana stations for the following 2014 new releases:

Amy Dixon Kolar – Dancing Through the Storm

James Curley-There Used to Be a Train

Inside Out Studios-Premier Collection; Great Ducks from the Same Magnificent Puddle

Thankful for the wonderful artists I get to work with by promoting their songs and stories. Happy Thanksgiving!



Cafe Carpe Welcomes Lantern Bearer Award Winner Mark Dvorak in Concert

FT. ATKINSON WI – Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water Street, Ft. Atkinson, presents a special evening of folk and original songs featuring the FARM Lantern Bearer Award winner Mark Dvorak, along with legendary Wisconsin songwriter Larry Penn, and Milwaukee’s folk rocker John Sieger on Friday, November 22 at 8:00 pm.

Dvorak was honored with the FARM Lantern Bearer recognition by Folk Alliance International at their annual conference October 24 in St. Louis. The Lantern Bearer Award is given to an individual who has contributed locally and regionally to folk performance arts and the folk and dance community for twenty-five years or more. Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at Chicago’s venerable Old Town School of Folk Music, has been touring nationally the last two years, performing material from the acclaimed “Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me,” his fourth CD on the Waterbug label.

Penn, who hails from Milwaukee has written hundreds of songs in his long career. Among his best known songs are “I’m a Little Cookie” and “On My Grandma’s Patchwork Quilt.” He has also recorded a number of CDs about railroading and labor history.

Joining Penn and Dvorak on stage will be MIlwaukee’s John Sieger. John Sieger performs with The Subcontinentals and has recently written songs documenting the political struggles taking place in his native Wisconsin.

Admission is $10. Reservations can be made at 920 563 9391 or emailing Visit Cafe Carpe on the web at Visit Mark Dvorak’s homepage at

Deerfield Concert Series Presents Lee Murdock- Christmas Ship Concert

DEERFIELD, Ill. – The Stained Glass Coffeehouse will present, Illinois Singer/songwriter Lee Murdock for the special Christmas Ship concert on Saturday, November 30 at the Congregational Church in Deerfield, 225 Wilmot Road. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation is $15.00 Reservations are available at 224-558-9022. For more information about the Stained Glass Coffeehouse log on to their web site at

A Great Lakes tradition!

Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories of the Great Lakes, songs made of hard work and hard living, of ships that come in and ships that have gone down. Tonight, Lee arrives in port with his Christmas Ship Concert, a holiday show commemorating the turn-of-the-century tradition of carrying Christmas trees to Great Lakes port cities. At the end of the lumber season every year, Great Lakes captains would carry one final cargo, heralding the holiday season with a deck piled high with fresh-cut evergreen trees and garlands. It’s a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration, and a great way to see the man Dirty Linen Magazine called “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes.”

Folk Duo Comfort Food In Concert in Dixon, IL

In Concert-Dixon, IL
Books on First
Saturday November 16, 7pm-9pm
202 West First Ave., Dixon, IL 61021 815-285-2665

Dixon, IL- The Folk Duo Comfort Food returns to Books on First for an evening of melody and song. Two special musical sets are planned. The first set will include songs of Illinois singer/songwriter John Prine in celebration of his October birthday month. The second set will include Comfort Food favorites with new story songs.

Three weeks after they met, Rich and Vicki Ingle performed together for the first time in Sandwich, Illinois at the Village Square open mic. That night Comfort Food was born. They spent the following years practicing, writing songs and performing together. Their self-titled CD Comfort Food was released in 2010.  They are currently working on a new CD.

Vicki has been active in the music scene in Illinois since the early 1980’s. Vicki sings, writes, and plays guitar, fiddle or bass on music that spans a variety of musical styles, including bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and of course original compositions.

Rich is a singer/songwriter deeply rooted in the local Chicago folk scene. With a no-nonsense Chicago-style attitude and an infectious enthusiasm for what he does, Rich serves up a hearty portion of down-to-earth music and storytelling, from the pulsing energy of his rhythm guitar, to his clever and often moving lyrics, the songs of Rich Ingle savor and satirize life in and around the second city. A product of the 70’s coffeehouse scene, his songwriting suggests the influence of folk faves John Prine and Steve Goodman, but is truly his own. He’s the guy next door that been around the block a bit.