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Teachers at the Old Town School

Ed Holstein

Guitar, Banjo

Ed has been a stalwart of the Chicago folk music scene for over 40 years. He has written a number of songs including “Jazzman” which have been recorded or performed by the likes of Bette Midler, Bonnie Koloc, Tom Rush, Steve Goodman, and Martin Simpson. He is also a featured performer on the Grammy-winning album Tribute to Steve Goodman. His unique blend of folk songs, blues and humor always entertain.

In the early days of the Chicago Folk Boom Eddie and his late brother Fred performed at legendary clubs like The Earl Of Old Town and Somebody Else’s Troubles where folks like Goodman, John Prine, Bonnie Koloc & others got their start. The Holstein brothers owned a self named club that featured national touring acts until the late ‘80s. Beside guitar playing one learns loads of history when taking a class from our resident folk icon, Eddie Holstein.

Started at the Old Town School in January of 2000


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/03/2022

Guitar 4Ever with Holstein with Ed Holstein

$214 ($194 members)

01/08/2022 – 02/26/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · Online


Group Classes for the session beginning 02/28/2022

Guitar 4ever with Holstein with Ed Holstein

A shoo-in for "Longest Running Class Taught by the Same 1970s Folk Icon". Eddie has been doing this one for years, and still keeps it new, interesting, and fun: Finger Pickin', Blues, Rag, Dylan, Prine, the American Songbook, and an occasional odd-ball tuning all arranged by Eddie! Among other things, this is the class where Eddie tries out tunes before he takes them on stage! Come join the fun for Eddie’s songs and stories.

$214 ($194 members)

03/05/2022 – 04/23/2022 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · In-Person @4544 N Lincoln Ave