Your Voice on the Young Stacke All-Stars Debut Album!

YSAS logoThe Young Stracke All-Stars are  recording one more song for our debut album, and we hope that you’ll sing it with us!

Sunday, December 7, 2014
9:45 to 11:30
(There will be a short lesson to learn the song, followed by the recording.)
Szold Hall – 2nd Floor
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Snacks and coffee will be provided.

(This is not a fundraiser or a concert.  It is a recording session!  While OTS is allowing us to use the space, this is not an OTS production.  Contact Jason McInnes at with any questions.)

The song that we are going to sing is called Simple Gifts.   Zelda, one of the members of the band describes it as being about explains, “accepting everyday things and living a simple life.”  It’s an incredible songs and we think it is perfect to feature it as a community song for the album.  Here is a downloadable pdf. of the song.  –  Simple Gifts chart

Check you these links and videos to learn how to sing the song.  We’ll be singing it in the key of C

Simple Gifts – Spotify hosts the recording that inspired us to learn this song.  It was recorded in 1963 with Win Stracke and his friends.  The recording was made for WFMT.

What follows is a recording that was made at Win Stracke’s gravestone dedication in December of 2012.

Here is a video of the All-Stars teaching part of the arrangement that we use.

Hope to see you on Dec. 7, 2014!  Please RSVP to

RECAP: The Young Stracke All-Stars at Seeger Songs for Kids

Photo by Bill Brickey
Photo by Bill Brickey

“And when these fingers can strum no longer, hand the old banjo to young ones stronger” – Quite Early Morning by Pete Seeger

I was so proud to have the Young Stracke All-Stars present their music as part of yesterday’s Seeger Songs for Kids show at the Old Town School of Folk Music on May 4, 2014.

Huge thank you to all the performers who created such beautiful music for us to listen to and who were so generous with the tight space on the stage. We felt very welcome, and we are thankful for your support.

Pete was very much on my mind throughout the performance. We’re trying to do your work, Pete. Thanks for leading us to such strength.