MARK DVORAK/ DAVE COFELL
April 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
MARK DVORAK is a modern day troubadour who has never stopped performing, writing and recording. He has been called “a folk singer’s folk singer” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional songs.” His original songs are described as “wondrous” and “profound.” Though Mark often appears in theaters and on festival stages, he is also at home in a more intimate setting. His concerts are a mix of the familiar and the new, traditional folk and standards from the American songbook. He plays authentic country blues guitar and picks great old-time banjo.
Mark enjoys involving his audiences in sing-along songs, just like The Weavers used to do, and mixes in his own well-crafted and infectious originals. Mark has a refreshing, down-to-earth stage presence, and is a very engaging performer. He sings with a clear, signature voice, and he likes to joke around with the folks who attend his shows. Throughout the program he’ll interject personal anecdotes and add a touch of history or social context to the performance.
“Masterful” Chicago Tribune
“The real deal. His show is funny, passionate, intimate & unforgettable” Old Town School of Folk Music
“One of a vanishing breed. Although all of us benefit from the tradition, Dvorak is one of the few who keep it alive.” Utah Phillips
Raised in the fertile farmlands of Central Minnesota, DAVE COFELL‘s songwriting reflects both his rural roots and his life-long musical explorations.
His performances include a crafted mix of folk, blues, jazz, classic country, classic rock, novelty songs, classical guitar, and occasionally clawhammer banjo. You will hear, among others, the influences of John Prine, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Fats Waller, Hank Williams Sr., Howlin’ Wolf, Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Stan Rogers, John Denver, and Leadbelly.
“As professional and laid back a musician as I’ve ever had the chance to meet. Totally immersed in the song from the first note he plays. Great songwriter and an intelligent/talented musician. A road warrior that surprises you when he fires off the first note and is gone down that track like he’s out of the starting gate.” – Big Dave Anderson – Big Dave’s Beat Farm, KTWH 99.5 FM Two Harbors Community Radio