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CHARLESTON - A free workshop presented by professional folk singer Mark Dvorak is planned on March 14.

The workshop is sponsored by Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education's Academy of Lifetime Learning, in cooperation with Tarble Arts Center and the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau.

The event will take place March 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at EIU Tarble Arts Center Atrium. A reception and information about the Academy of Lifetime Learning will be provided afterward.

The workshop will shed light on the development and evolution of the American folk song. With guitar, banjo, and other instruments, this program offers a slice of Americana, featuring songs, oral history, demonstrations, and the music of universally-recognized artists like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, with a special focus on Illinois folk artists like Win Stracke, Fleming Brown and Big Bill Broonzy.

Since 1981, Dvorak has performed across nearly all of the United States in concerts, festivals, community-based programs, school programs, and more. He teaches and presents group instruction programs and master classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He has been a regular contributor to the program since 1986.

Through the workshop, participants will learn about how the American heritage has been influenced by many cultures from around the world, and how American folk and popular music are built primarily on the foundation of African and British Isles influences. Dvorak will trace songs back through decades of American history and discuss how the songs changed with the social issues of the day.

To register for the event, contact the Academy of Lifetime Learning at 581-5114 or by email at academy@eiu.

edu. This event is free and open to the public with registration.

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