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


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 10/30/2017

Sundays 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 01/08/2018

Sundays 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 01/08/2018

Guitar 4ever with Holstein with Ed Holstein
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/13/2018 – 03/03/2018Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4544 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Songs and Stories from a Chicago Folk Icon with Ed Holstein
$202 ($192 members)
for 8 weeks
01/14/2018 – 03/04/2018Sundays · 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000