“I am very excited to announce the release of “Take It To The Bridge: Unlocking The Great Songs Inside You.” I’ve been working on it with Mark Caro for many years as an extension of my songwriting classes at The Old Town School of Folk Music. The book aims to encourage and inspire anyone who’s ever thought about writing a song through practical, approachable assignments that explore all elements of songwriting: form, lyrics, chords, melody and rhythm. The exercises were culled from 10 years of weekly assignments. Mark and I chose the ones that have had the best results over the years and seem to help people open up and write to their best potential. The book can be ordered direct from GIA, the publisher, now at this link.”
-Steve Dawson

We have 2 big events coming up to celebrate the book release where you can buy the book from us in person and get a sheet of stickers for self-application as you complete the assignments!
Sat October 15 at SPACE in Evanston, 1pm
pre-release event with Mark and Steve playing songs and talking about the book

Sun Dec 4 at The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Szold Hall
Book Release Spectacular with Dolly Varden and a cavalcade of stars
more info on that soon!


fitzgeralds fest 3

We’ll play a full set of new songs and favorites from past albums when we return to one of the best music rooms in the Chicagoland area. Phil Angotti and his band play the second set and we’ll do a handful of songs together, too. A great, full evening of music beginning at 8:30. Advance tickets on sale now

We are very happy to announce that Dolly Varden will be performing at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Square Roots Festival on July 8th at 9pm. We hope to see you there!

AND Steve and Diane will be joined by Robbie Fulks on Friday, 29th, at the Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center for a fundraiser and silent auction. Songs from the Jesus Christ Trio, from Robbie’s albums, Dolly Varden albums, and choice favorite covers. General Admission tickets are only $20 and space is limited!
Advance tickets here


Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen duet shows

February 29, 2016

Sunday, March 13, The House Pub, St Charles, IL 7pm Friday, April 15, The Brink Lounge, Madison, WI 8pm Sunday, May 8, Central Ohio Folk Festival, Columbus, OH, noon full information and links at the “Shows” page

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All Star Valentine’s Day Benefit Concert

February 9, 2016

tickets on sale now $75 single, $100 couple

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November 22, 2015

Thanks for helping us celebrate our 20th anniversary year. The big Old Town School of Folk Music show was ridiculously fun and filled with love and joy because you all showed up and helped us reminisce and sing and laugh along. And the recent show at SPACE, where we played “The Dumbest Magnets” start to […]

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Tobias Music – Nov 13

October 31, 2015
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Steve Dawson & Diane Christiansen at FARM in Iowa City, Oct 23

September 28, 2015

Hey! Diane and I will be playing a showcase at this year’s FARM gathering in Iowa City. That’s Folk Alliance Region Midwest. The whole thing happens at the Sheraton Hotel over the weekend of Oct 22-24. Our official showcase will be at 10pm on Friday night, Oct 23rd. We’ll also be playing sets in a […]

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Dolly Varden to play “The Dumbest Magnets” album in its entirety at SPACE, Sept 19th

August 17, 2015

Dolly Varden with Rebecca Jasso, Saturday, September 19th at SPACE in Evanston. Advance tickets recommended As we continue to celebrate our 20 years together as a band we thought it would be fun to play one of our albums all the way through at our next show. We all decided that the one we’d most […]

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next show: SPACE Sept 19th

June 23, 2015

tickets on sale now! S.P.A.C.E.: Evanston, IL: Sat. September 19th

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