This web site features folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.
SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 7:30 p.m. Web: http://www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org/
Sep. 7 - Low Lily
Sep. 21 - Joe Crookston
Oct. 5 - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Oct. 19 - Molsky's Mountain Drifters
MEETING HOUSE PRESENTS CONCERT SERIES
All concerts held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT, in cooperation with the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. For more information and tickets: http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/
Sep. 13 - Mad Agnes
Sep. 27 - Moonfruits
BRANFORD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: email@example.com Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Sep. 14 - Vox Hunters
Oct. 12 - Sarah McQuaid
Nov. 9 - Archie Fisher
Dec. 14 - Low Lily
Jan. 11, 2020 - Molsky's Mountain Drifters
Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP) is a series of free Tuesday and Thursday night summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. Concerts are Tuesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Thursday June 13 - Thursday Aug. 29. For more information: http://www.Chirpct.org/
THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets or information call 203-438-5795. Web: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/
June 12 - Terri Clark, 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 14 - Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor, 8:00 p.m.
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. For more information call 203-227-7205 x14. Web: https://voicescafe.org/
June 8 - Pat Wictor & Deborah Latz
GOOD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Rowayton Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, CT. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., music starts at 4:00 p.m. Web: http://www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com/
Sep. 29 - Pete & Maura Kennedy
SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-257-8737 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
May 24 - Karan Casey Band, 8:00 p.m.
June 14 - Cillian Vallely, Kevin Crawford & Patrick Doocey, 8:00 p.m.
EAST ROCK CONCERT SERIES
All shows are at 7:00 (doors at 6:30) on either Saturday or Sunday, at 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT. Web: https://www.mactivity.com/events-calendar also https://www.fernandopintopresents.com/
June 2 - Sloan Wainwright / Randy Burns
June 9 - Bill Staines / Mara Levine & Terry Kitchen
June 23 - Phoebe Legere & Washboard Slim / Lys Guillorn
June 30 - Erin McKeown
Sep. 22 - Cheryl Wheeler
Sep. 29 - John Gorka
Oct. 6 - North Sea Gas
Oct. 13 - Peter Mulvey / Joe Jencks
Oct. 20 - Roy Book Binder
Oct. 27 - Lucy Kaplansky
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 106, Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. No singing in late December, when Yale is closed. All are welcome. For more information: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/
GuitartownCT at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/
May 24 - Frog Hollow, 7:30 p.m.
July 27 - The Little Roy and Lizzy Show
Aug. 16 - Todd Phillips, David Grier and Matt Flinner
FRENCH FOLK MUSIC JAM
Jam Francais at City Sports Grille, 177 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT. Preserving French Canadian culture, music, songs, and more. All acoustic instruments and all skill levels welcome. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information contact email@example.com
CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/
THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
May 25 - Rupert Wates, 8:00 p.m.
May 31 - The Rough and Tumble, 8:00 p.m.
June 15 - Restless Mountain Bluegrass
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. Show times are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
May 25 - Crowes Pasture
June 7 - Open Mic - River Run
June 14 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
OPEN MIC IN COVENTRY
Open Mike on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Tpk (Rt. 44), Coventry, CT. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Knights outreach programs. Refreshments available. All type of music, spoken word welcome. RJ (Ruth & Jim) are your hosts. Ruth O'Neil & Jim Hammitt, Song-a-Day Music Center, 860-742-6878, email@example.com
MEETING HOUSE SING-ALONG
Meeting House Sing-Along, usually second Saturday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT. For more information contact Ed Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
Traditional Irish Music Jam Session every Wednesday night, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at McKinnon's Irish Pub, 114 Asylum St., Hartford, CT. No charge. All Celtic players, singers and dancers invited. Weekly special guests. 860-524-8174
DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT
An informal monthly gathering of local folk musicians, including but not limited to players of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, bamboo pipe, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, recorder and others. Varying skill levels, all invited. Meets at 2:00-5:00 p.m. first Saturdays of the month at The Farmington Inn, Route 4, Farmington, CT (I-84 exit 39, Route 4 West). Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/
PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center jointly sponsor a Song and Story Swap on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August), 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA. Open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome. For more information contact Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002. Web:
June 1 - Special Acoustic Beatles Tribute and Annual Fundraiser. See website for details.
MONTHLY FOLK JAM
The first Friday of each month at 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at St. James Church, at the intersection of Rte. 116 and June Rd., North Salem, NY. All acoustic folk round robin jam. For more information call Marcia and Gary Jones at 203-438-5204.
NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
June 5 - David Wax Museum, 7:30 p.m.
June 29 - Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters with guest Monica Rizzio, 7:30 p.m.
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913
May 25 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Bay Spring Community Center, 179 Narragansett Ave., Barrington, RI. More details to follow. https://www.bsccri.org/
June 2 - 4th Annual Barrington Arts Fest, Town Hall, Barrington, RI. 401-247-1900 x9. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.barrington.ri.gov/departments/recreation.php
June 6 - East Providence Recreation Concerts in the Park, Rose Larisa Memorial Park, 701 Bullocks Point Ave., Riverside, RI. 6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-435-7511. Postponed if rain. http://www.eastprovidenceri.net/
June 13 - Concert: Funny Songs, Greene Public Library, Greene, RI. 6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-397-3873. Web: https://www.coventrylibrary.org/greene-library
June 15 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and others, Blackstone River Theatre's Summer Solstice Festival, Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI. Festival runs 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., after festival music session 8:15 p.m. 401-725-9272. Rain date 6/16. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/brtssf/index.html
Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
May 31 - Folk Music Society of New York, Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Ave. room 304, Manhattan (between 35th & 36th Sts) 7:30 p.m. http://www.folkmusicny.org/
June 1 - Folk Music Society of New York. Special illustrated presentation-workshop on the life and works of music historian and author Gale Huntington from Martha's Vineyard, MA. http://www.folkmusicny.org/
Aug. 9 - Sail, Power, Steam Museum, and Rockland Arts, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, Maine. 7:30 p.m.
LAST FAIR DEAL
May 24 - Arts Center Of Tolland, 22 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
May 30 to June 2 - Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival, 42 Pierce Road, Preston, CT. Last Fair Deal will be performing on May 30 and June 1, 2019. Festival ticket required. See website for details.
THE PROMISE IS HOPE
May 25 - House concert in Danielson, CT. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/315996485694721/?ti=icl
May 21 - The Elm City Ramblers, Neighborhood Music School, 100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT. 7:30 p.m. https://nmsnewhaven.org/
May 24 - Frog Hollow (Chris Wuerth, Peter Menta, Phil Rosenthal & Bobo Lavorgna), Best Video Film and Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m. 203-287-9286. https://www.bestvideo.com/
June 6 - The Guilford Ramblers with Phil Rosenthal, Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford, CT. 7:00 p.m. 203-453-8282. https://guilfordfreelibrary.org/
July 10 - Phil Rosenthal family concert, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven CT. 3:00 p.m. 203-946-8130. http://nhfpl.org/
July 24 - The Elm City Ramblers - beach concert, Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven, CT. 6:30 p.m. 203-468-3890. https://www.hagamanlibrary.org/ On the East Haven Town Beach, but if it's raining, it will be in the Hagaman Library.
ROGER SPRUNG, HAL WYLIE & FRIENDS
First Saturday of every month except July and August - Folk, Irish, Bluegrass and Traditional Music (instrumentalists welcome to jam), The "Pasta Project" at the United Methodist Coffee House, Newtown, CT. (Exit 10 off I-84, 1/5 mile north.) Dinner 5:00-7:30 p.m., music 8:00-10:30 p.m.
BOSTON BLUEGRASS UNION
The Boston Bluegrass Union is an all-volunteer New England-based bluegrass music association promoting and supporting bluegrass festivals, concerts, jams and bluegrass music education throughout the Northeast. Web: http://www.bbu.org/
CT BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
MYSTIC SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 6-9, 2019 - The 40th annual Sea Music Festival, featuring four days filled with workshops, concerts, hands-on demonstrations, and a scholarly symposium. From songs of the golden age of sail to contemporary compositions, the Festival includes a wide variety of sea music both modern and traditional, a children's stage with special performances for families, and demonstrations of maritime work songs - or chanteys - aboard our historic vessels. Performers come from around the world and across the United States. Performers: Celeste Bernardo, Jerry Bryant, Marc Bernier, Ellen Cohn, John Conolly w/Janie Meneely & Rob Van Sante, Stuart Frank and Mary Malloy, Georgia Sea Island Singers - Ron & Natalie Daise, Glenn Grasso, Cliff Haslam, Martin & Philip Hugill, The Johnson Girls, Peter Kasin & Richard Adrianowitz, Lynz Morahn, Dave Peloquin, William Pint & Felicia Dale, John Roberts with Deb Cowan, The Rum Soaked Crooks - Tom Goux & Jacek Sulanowski w/Dan Lanier, Ken Sweeney, The Swiss Mariners, Carl Thornton, Bob Walser, Jeff Warner. Web:
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
June 15, 2019. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Rain date: June 16.) Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI. Performers: Atwater~Donnelly Trio, The Hanneke Cassel Band, Kevin Crawford, Cillian Valleley, Patrick Doocey, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, HighTime, La Croisée D'Antan, Bonnie & Dan Milner, Partington & Sweeney, Roscommon Soles featuring Kevin Doyle with Sheila Falls, Josh Kane, Owen Marshall, Torrin Ryan, The Vox Hunters. Session tent with Bob Drouin, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. Web:
CLEARWATER'S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL
June 15 and 16, 2019, at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9:00 a.m Features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters' Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Web:
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 22, 2019 at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, PO Box 816, Katonah, NY. Web:
OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
June 28, 29 and 30, 2019 at Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and regional music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three concerts there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances. Performers: Emma's Revolution, Bill Staines, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, John McCutcheon, Mary Flower, Bruce Molsky, Archie Fisher, Tommy Sands, Rob van Sante & John Connolly, Beppe Gambetta, The Vox Hunters, Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy, Poor Man's Gambit, Bon Débarras, Musique à bouches, Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen, Lil Rev, Charm City Junction & Footworks, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Mulebone, Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne, Fennig's All Stars, Heather Wood, Clare Horgan & Matt Diaz, John Roberts, Magpie, Tui (Jake Blount & Libby Weitnauer), Bill Destler & Rebecca Johnson, Pete's Posse, Deb Cowan, Bill Jones, Janine Smith, Ron Blechner, Stefan Amidon, Ron Gordon, John Dickson, Jake Thomas, The Great Groove Band, & Roger the Jester. Web:
NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 6-7, 2019. Web:
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Aug. 2-4, 2019 at Dodds Farm, 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, NY. Web:
There are many more dance listings than are included here.
Also look at http://www.contradancelinks.com/schedule.html
ROUND HILL COUNTRY DANCES
Traditional New England contra dances held on the 4th Saturday of the month (except February, May, August, and December) at First Congregational Church of Stamford, 1 Walton Place, Stamford CT located in the heart of downtown Stamford between Bedford and Prospect Streets. Suggested donation is $15 - 25 (minimum $12). All dances are 7:30-10:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified, with basics for beginners at 7:15. Partners are not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890, or email Carol Mazza (email@example.com). http://www.roundhill.net/
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
Contra Dances on the first Saturday throughout the year, at the New Haven Friends Meeting House, 225 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT. Beginner's lesson at 7:15 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wear clean soft-soled comfortable shoes. Admission $12.00. Call 203-776-1812 for more information. Web: https://newhavencontra.org/
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN HAMDEN
Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 at the Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Contact Leslie 203-281-6591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN MIDDLETOWN
Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT. Beginners are welcome for lessons and Dance. Soft soled shoes. Contact Lucile at 860-347-0278, or Joyce at 203-238-0694.
Mostly Waltz features waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances like blues, swing, tango, and polka. Except as noted, our events are typically the first Sunday of the month, with beginner lesson 2:30-3:00 pm and dancing 3:00-6:00 pm. At Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. $13, $6 students with ID. For more information: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM SESSION AND CONTRA DANCE
Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 5:30-7:15 p.m. second Saturdays at Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. The jams provide an opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play, and enjoy the contra dance repertoire. Players of all instruments are welcome. The jam is most appropriate for "intermediate" skill levels. The jam session is followed by an introduction to contra dancing at 7:30 and a contra dance until 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Rob at 860-232-2504. Web: http://www.hcdance.org/
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Dance to the world's music every Sunday, at Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. No partner or experience needed. Warm-up and beginner instruction 7:00-8:00 p.m., general dancing until 10:00 p.m. Clean-soled, danceable shoes, please. Requested donation is $8 (party and workshop nights $12). For more information: http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/ or call 860-521-6440.
"The Monthly Scene With Phil Rosenthal"
Phil Rosenthal's radio show is on http://icrvradio.com/ every Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m. The program is live the third Friday of the month (and that third weekend, it gets repeated 8:00 p.m. Friday, 11:00 a.m. Sunday and noon that Monday) - but it's on other Fridays as well (repeats of older broadcasts).
Internet radio: http://www.folkalley.com/ streaming folk music hosted by WKSU-FM at Kent State University in Ohio.
WAMC (90.3 FM, Albany, NY)
"Mountain Stage", Monday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
"Hudson River Sampler", Wanda Fischer, Saturday 8:00-10:30 p.m.
"Thistle & Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Sunday 7:00-8:00 p.m.
WCNI (90.9 FM, New London, CT)
Alternating Fridays: "River Road" (a mix of folk and Americana) with Helen Jankoski, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Alternating Sundays: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Home on the Eclectic Range" with Bridgett Ellis, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
WCUW (91.3 FM, Worcester, MA)
"In the Tradition", Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
"The Four Green Fields" (Irish), Saturday 10:00 a.m.-noon.
"Music of Scotia" (Scotland), Saturday 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
WESU (88.1 FM, Middletown, CT)
"75% Folk" with Michael Benson, Monday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
"Unfocused Folk" with Chip Austin, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
"Acoustic Blender" with Bill Revill, Tuesday 5:05-8:00 p.m.
"The Celtic Cafe" with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT)
"Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email: email@example.com
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA)
"Folk Revival" with Nick Noble, Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WKNH (91.3 FM, Keene, NH)
"Mostly Bluegrass", Rob Mayo, Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY)
"New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-10:00 a.m.
WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT)
"Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
WNHU (88.7 FM, West Haven, CT)
"The Folk Show", Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with John Mazza. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.
WSHU (91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT) and WSUF (89.9 FM, Noyack/Greenport, NY)
"Profiles in Folk", Steve Winters, Friday 10:00 p.m.-midnight.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.
WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT)
(Also carried by WAPJ in Torrington 89.9 and 105.1, WDJW in Somers 89.7, and WWEB Wallingford 89.9)
"FM On Toast", Sunday-Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"Watch This Space", Susan Forbes Hansen, Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.