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

String Band Practices Resume in October!

Visit our String Band Page for details


LIVE Sing-Arounds continue!

  • Masks Required: Saturday sing arounds are live in the “big room” adjacent to the Two Way Street coffee house, in the church in Downers Grove. We are enjoying the personal interaction. Although we are back to wearing masks for these sessions, we find this does not detract from our enjoyment of the event. The church sets the policy and reacts to public health restrictions and advice from community health recommendations. If and when these restrictions change, we will post it here on our website.
  • Zoom: Zoom connection to our regular sing arounds and song circles will be ending soon. There has been very low participation recently, and our main zoom operator is no longer available on a regular basis. Once again, if this changes, we will post it here.

  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 - Autumn 2021

Quarternotes Autumn 2021

 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 2021 Membership renewal notice in the mail in January. Or please download and print this Renewal Form