Plank Road Folk Music Society

The Plank Road Folk Music Society Welcomes You!

Welcome to The Plank Road Folk Music Society . . .

Where people come together to play, sing and enjoy acoustic music of every kind!

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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News and Events
Tom Jones with his banjo

Tom Jones Memorial Service
Saturday, May 28
11 AM

🪕Music Open House & Jam Session
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Friends Meeting of Downers Grove
5710 Lomond Avenue
Downers Grove

Please see this link for details


LIVE Sing-Arounds Details

  • Masks Optional: Following the latest guidelines by the State of Illinois, Plank Road sing arounds will be masks optional. This is also in line with guidelines from the church's committee on covid protocols, and we are comfortable with this slight relaxation of policy. Since early January, we have held our Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night sessions in the Two Way Street coffee house, which has been our usual venue for many years. We have been wearing masks or face shields, and while they will not be required, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing them are encouraged to continue to do so. This will be a personal decision for each of us...and let’s support these choices.We are concerned about your health, but things have improved and we are pleased to recognize this with our new policy. We hope to see you soon. Also, please note that none of our sessions are currently broadcast on Zoom.

  Please bring a music stand if you have one, as our table space is limited.


Check out even more great music . . .

Both volumes of Down the Old Plank Road are now available!

Good News! Volume Two of the reissued folk music album from 1995 is now available in digital format, joining the previously released Volume 1. Down the Old Plank Road features a group of Plank Road performers singing and playing some great old songs. You'll recognize many of these musicians -- George Mattson, Mark Dvorak, Cathy Jones, Dave Humphreys and more.

Professionally recorded, these albums were originally released on cassette tape, and have now been digitally remastered for pristine sound – and are easily accessible on many popular streaming services.

Here are some links for both Albums:

These links should take you directly to the Plank Road album. For other streaming music sites (which may require subscriptions), simply search for “Down the Old Plank Road” or “Down the Old Plank Road Volume 1.”

Enjoy!


 See our latest issue of QuarterNotes - Spring 2022

Quarternotes Winter 2022

 Archived QuarterNotes are available!

Visit our Newsletter Page for more historic issues, including the first ever issue of Quarter Notes!
Quarternotes First Issue 1983


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!


  It's Annual Membership Time!

It's time to renew your membership! You should have received your 2022 Membership renewal notice in the mail in January. Or please download and print this Renewal Form