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Michael O'Toole

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Faculty

Phone: (773) ***-****  HQ Phone
Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 North Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1957, the Old Town School of Folk Music® is the only organization in Chicago dedicated to teaching and fostering appreciation for traditional music and...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Teacher
    Flatts
Web References
Folk Detail
www.oldtownschool.org, 10 Feb 2012 [cached]
Michael O'Toole
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Michael O'Toole
Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Country & Irish Fiddle, Mandolin
Michael O'Toole first came to the Old Town School in January of 1973 to learn fiddle from Dave Prine and later, banjo from Fleming Brown.
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Over the next decade, Michael worked in local theater composing, arranging and directing music for over two dozen productions. Throughout the 90's, he operated a small recording studio next to the historic No Exit cafe in Rogers Park, where he hosted the Monday night open mic and created the second longest running performance showcase in town, In One Ear. Michael has also taught at Flatts and Sharpe Music in Rogers Park since 1987. From 1998 to 2005, he returned often to France to play festivals and house concerts. From1997 to 2010, Michael entertained the 0-4 crowd at Lincoln Park Zoo's StoryTime as Professor Boonie.
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Michael returned to Old Town in 2006 and has been teaching group guitar and private lessons in guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin.
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At present Michael is teaching and busy launching a one hour children's podcast. He believes that music is at its best when it's a shared adventure and that there is a seat for everyone on that bus.
Folk Detail
www.oldtownschool.org, 1 Dec 2010 [cached]
Michael O'Toole
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Michael O'Toole
Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Country & Irish Fiddle, Mandolin
Michael O'Toole first came to the Old Town School in January of 1973 to learn fiddle from Dave Prine and later, banjo from Fleming Brown.
...
Over the next decade, Michael worked in local theater composing, arranging and directing music for over two dozen productions. Throughout the 90's, he operated a small recording studio next to the historic No Exit cafe in Rogers Park, where he hosted the Monday night open mic and created the second longest running performance showcase in town, In One Ear. Michael has also taught at Flatts and Sharpe Music in Rogers Park since 1987. From 1998 to 2005, he returned often to France to play festivals and house concerts. From1997 to 2010, Michael entertained the 0-4 crowd at Lincoln Park Zoo's StoryTime as Professor Boonie.
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Michael returned to Old Town in 2006 and has been teaching group guitar and private lessons in guitar, banjo, fiddle and mandolin. He is very happy to be back home at the OTSFM. At present Michael is teaching and busy launching a one hour children's podcast. He believes that music is at its best when it's a shared adventure and that there is a seat for everyone on that bus.
Michael ...
oldtownschool.org, 12 April 2010 [cached]
Michael O'Toole
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Michael O'Toole
Guitar, Clawhammer Banjo, Country & Irish Fiddle, Mandolin
Michael O'Toole has been playing music for some forty-odd years and teaching for the last 35. This is his third time on the faculty of the Old Town School having briefly made his home here at the school twice before in the 1970's and the 1980's. Too young and wimpy to play bars in the seventies, he appeared alone or with partners on the local coffeehouse circuit while he learned to play fiddle and banjo at the school from the likes of Dave Prine and Fleming Brown. Later, he moved to Paris and was a street musician there for three years, playing the fiddle. While abroad, he performed indoors as well as out in France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.
Returning to the US, he studied music with James Mack at the former Loop College, going on to compose and/or arrange as well as produce music for independent theater in Chicago. He worked on over 30 productions throughout the 80's and 90's. During this time he also owned and operated Glenwood Studio, a shoebox recording studio in Rogers Park and hosted the open stages at the No Exit Café.
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Mr. O'Toole is a long time resident of Rogers Park and performs often for adults and kids alike with his acoustic swing ensemble Baba Manouche.
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Michael teaches folk, contemporary acoustic, jazz and fingerstyle guitar. He believes that there are some simple, easy to learn concepts about rhythm, technique and organization that can improve anyone's playing in all styles at all levels.
He also teaches beginning bass, beginning fiddle and mandolin as well as clawhammer banjo.
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