Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*
For an invitation to attend, please RSVP here or contact Lee by email at [email protected] or at 312-810-3067
Free childcare provided (advance notice required)
Last Acre is the project of Mark and Molly Mathewson, a father and daughter from Illinois. The duo has performed across the Midwest, opening for acts such as Robbie Fulks, Tim Grimm, and Antje Duvekot. Their sound is rooted in traditional Appalachian folk music, with one foot in bluegrass and the other in the prairie songwriting sensibilities of Greg Brown and John Prine. With blood-kin harmonies and dry, tongue-in-cheek repartee, and a friendly connection to their audiences, the two put on a wonderful show perfect for the house concert setting.
Mark Mathewson is a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (Merlefest). His songs have been recorded by a number of bluegrass acts, including 2017 Grammy nominee Blue Highway, The Lonesome River Band, Ernie Thacker, Kenny Smith, and Josh Williams.
I discovered Last Acre by accident when they opened for another artist I had gone to see. I was blown away on first hearing. I was able to present them to the FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest) conference a couple years ago. Their showcase was a conference favorite, especially for a brand new duo. It took us a little while to find a date for a show but I'm thrilled that we did.