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Frank Hamilton (musician)

Frank Hamilton
Genres Folk
Occupations Singer-songwriter, music teacher
Instruments Guitar, banjo
Associated acts Win Stracke, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Big Bill Broonzy

Frank Hamilton (Born August 3, 1934)[1] is an American folk musician and co-founder of the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois. As a performer, he has recorded for Folkways Records and, as a member of the folk group The Weavers, for Vanguard Records, as well as for Philips and several other labels and appeared at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959. He was the house musician for The Gate of Horn in Chicago, the nation's first folk music nightclub. He was also a member of The Weavers in the early 1960s.

As a young man, Hamilton met and played with Woody Guthrie at Will Geer's artist colony in Topanga, California in the mid-1950s.[2] In 1956 Frank Hamilton met Win Stracke and Dawn Greening (who started the Old Town School of Folk Music in her kitchen in Oak Park) at the Gate of Horn. Using teaching methods he observed with Bess Lomax in Topanga Canyon, together, Win, Dawn and Frank founded the Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago. There they developed a teaching method with an emphasis on group learning. On the opening night, Frank taught the class a song demonstrated by Big Bill Broonzy. Frank served as dean of the school and taught there until joining The Weavers, with whom he played from 1962-1963.[3][4]

Hamilton continues to teach and perform today with his wife Mary.


  • Nonesuch and Other Folk Tunes for Harmonica, Flute, Recorder, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, 12-String Guitar, and Voices, Frank Hamilton and Pete Seeger, Folkways Records, 1959.[5]
  • Frank Hamilton Sings Folk Songs, Folkways Records 1962. FW02437 [6]
  • The Folk Singer's Folk Singer, Sound in the Room Records
  • The World of Frank & Valucha, Frank Hamilton and Valucha deCastro, Philips Records, 1962[7]
  • Long Lonesome Home, Songlines 1999.[8]


External links

  • Frank and Mary's Artist website
  • Old Town School - Video clip of Frank Hamilton talking about the Old Town School's teaching method
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