The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that presents folk music concerts at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse on most Saturdays from September through May. Sounding Board members receive discounts in admission to our concerts as indicated in the listings below. Become a member of the Sounding Board.
Most concerts are held at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. Wheelchair accessible. Concerts start at 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 7:00 P.M., and reservations are held until 7:45 P.M. Admission prices are noted below for each concert. Unless otherwise noted, admission for children 12 and under is $8.00. Also, student admission prices as shown for each concert; for high school through college age, show your student ID at the door. Admission may be paid by cash or check, and we now accept credit cards at the door for admissions, and credit cards may also be used for memberships and tee shirt sales. You may also purchase advance tickets for all Sounding Board concerts online (through brownpapertickets.com): simply click the "Buy Advance Tickets" button for each concert listed below.
Online reservations: Save My Seat!
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have email call Janet at 860-635-7685. (Please do not call the church.)
Reservations must be made before 4:00 p.m. the day of the show.
Directions: From I-84, take the "Park Road, West Hartford Center" exit. Turn right at the end of the long exit ramp, then turn left immediately at the light onto Trout Brook Drive. Go straight through the first three traffic lights (Boulevard, Memorial Road, and Farmington Avenue), then turn left at the next traffic light onto Fern Street. The Universalist Church is a short way down on the left hand side of the road. Turn into the driveway just before the church and park in the lot behind the church. Enter through side doors.
The Sounding Board has a new web site,
This original web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be
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January 31, 2015: OCCIDENTAL GYPSYOccidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating blend of swing, jazz and world music with a roaring acoustic sound. They are pioneers in the sound of World Gypsy music, a melange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz to deliver a thrilling auditory experience to listeners. They shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, who has said about the band, “these guys have great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, and high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.” $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
February 7, 2015: THE KENNEDYS
In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
February 14, 2015: ROOSEVELT DIME
There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. They like to call their sound “Mardi-Grass” – a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals along for the ride. This musical alchemy is purely American, transforming struggle into celebration, pain into perseverance, and taking the joyous beat from sidewalks and streetcars to backrooms and barrooms, from the ample hills of Brooklyn to the amber waves of grain. Their high energy live shows have thrilled audiences at premier festivals across the country, and countless more have been captivated by the exceptional songwriting on their latest release “Full Head of Steam (2014),” which climbed to #6 on the Folk Charts in New York and #8 nationally. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL – Go out for dinner before the show and enjoy dessert
on The Sounding Board.
February 21, 2015: ATWATER-DONNELLY BAND
Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly met as volunteers at Rhode Island's Stone Soup Coffeehouse in early 1987. Within just a few months these self-taught musicians formed a duo. and two years later were married. Atwater-Donnelly has performed and researched traditional folk music and dance in Appalachia, the Ozarks, New England, and other key places in the United States, as well as Ireland, England and Prince Edward Island, and have shared the stage with many folk legends including Jean Ritchie, Pete Seeger, and Doc Watson. For their Sounding Board show, Aubrey and Elwood will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Cathy Clasper-Torch and Irish stepdancer Kevin Doyle. Atwater-Donnelly has released nine CDs, and are featured on the just released two-disc compilation, Dear Jean: An Artist's Tribute To Jean Ritchie. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
February 28, 2015: THE NIELDS
Sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields began their career singing folk songs and learning harmonies in their parents' kitchen and the back seat of the family car. Two decades, sixteen CDs, countless concerts, three books, four children and two husbands later, The Nields are still at it. Their "vocal blend is a disarming mix of clean folk harmonies and clenched Generation-X angst," according to The Chicago Tribune, and a critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has called their music "a masterful mix of modern folk with an alternative edge." Nerissa and Katryna have strictly reduced their touring schedule to make time to tend to their children's lives in recent years. This show is a rare opportunity to see them in an intimate coffeehouse setting at The Sounding Board. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
March 7, 2015: BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
They've been called "the Allman Brothers of Celtic fiddle bands, only prettier." Performing since 2006, Burning Bridget Cleary plays a distinctive, high-energy style of Celtic traditional music. Fiddler Rose Baldino fronts the band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York metro Scottish fiddle scene. Rose's father, Lou Baldino provides driving rhythm and bass on guitar and Peter Trezzi rounds out the quartet on percussion. In December 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated "Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, or Concert" in the Irish Music Awards sponsored by the Irish Music Association. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, "This is trad music at its best, alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don't miss seeing this band." $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
March 14, 2015: THE FAITHFUL SKY WITH HUGH BLUMENFELD
Hugh Blumenfeld is a New York City-born, Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who has toured the US and Europe and has released 6 CDs that range from quiet ballads to political satire. Caught up in the Greenwich Village music scene in the 1980s, he played the Speak Easy, Folk City, Cornelia Street Cafe and The Bottom Line. He was a long-time contributor to and Associate Editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine. The healing power of music led Hugh to become involved with camps for children with cancer and mental retardation, as well as hospice programs and group homes. His experience encouraged him to do the logical thing and go to med school. Hugh now practices and teaches family medicine in Hartford. The Faithful Sky is a 10-handed band playing Folk/Folk-Rock, with a penchant for songs that are beautiful, strange and all but lost. The core of the band has been playing together for more than 25 years $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
March 21, 2015: MIKE + RUTHY
Mike+Ruthy have been musical collaborators for 16 years, and show no sign of coming up for air anytime soon. In September 2013 they received a postcard from a 94 year old Pete Seeger telling them that their inaugural Summer Hoot folk festival they host in their Catskill Mountain backyard was "one of the best song-gatherings [he'd] been to in all of [his] 94 years." At this Sounding Board appearance Mike+Ruthy will be previewing their most definitive musical statement to date, a double record overstuffed with iconic Americana idioms ranging from Motown to Bluegrass, Old-time to Alt-country. This outfit is as comfortable inhabiting their music as the heroes they call upon in both music and life. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
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Folk Music Links
Visit the Folk Legacy Records website where you can view the videos of the October 29, 2011 concert at the Sounding Board which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Folk-Legacy Records.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Feb. 14 - Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman
Mar. 14 - Beppe Gambetta and Rushad Eggleston
Apr. 18 - Gordon Bok
May 9 - John Roberts and ...
St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 4:00 p.m.
Information and tickets available on-line at http://www.acousticcelebration.org/content/home.html
Feb. 8 - Radoslav Lorkovic
Apr. 12 - Spuyten Dyvil
SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-362-5912 or email: email@example.com Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
FOLK FRIDAYS SERIES
Presented by CT Folk at First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue (corner of Whitney & Huntington), New Haven, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information: http://www.ctfolk.com/
Feb. 6 - Connecticut Artists Showcase, featuring Dan Tressler and Ron Anthony
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room B01 of Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. (Call to confirm location.) All are welcome. For more information: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or 203-430-6020.
Feb. 15 - Helen Highwater String Band (David Grier), at The Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 28 - Beppe Gambetta, at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 11 - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Unitarian Society, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
THE DRY DOCK COFFEE HOUSE
68 1/2 Quinnipiac St.,Wallingford, CT. For more information call 203-213-2512 or 203-626-5560. If no one answers leave a message. Web: http://www.thedrydock.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDryDock
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/
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK AT ALL SOULS
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
Feb. 6 (new date) - Geoff Kaufman & emma's revolution
Feb. 27 - A Concert In Memory of Pete Seeger, to benefit Save The River-Save The Hills
Mar. 27 - Vance Gilbert
Apr. 10 - The Chapin Sisters
May 15 - Bill Staines
KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. For tickets call 860-510-0453. Web: http://www.KatharineHepburnTheater.org/
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 - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN MIDDLETOWN, CT
Come to sing the harmonies that form the basis of the "high lonesome sound" of Bluegrass and Southern Mountain ballads. Voices only, no instruments. Loaner books provided. More information at http://www.fasola.org/
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Jan. 31 - Maria Sangiolo & Anne Belliveau
Feb. 6 - Open Mic - Meredith Rose, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 - Howie Bursen & Friends (Food Bank Benefit Concert)
Feb. 13 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 14 - Jon Searles - Rebel in the Morning
Feb. 21 - Delta Generators
Feb. 28 - Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz
Mar. 6 - Open Mic - Shawn Taylor, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 7 - Cashel Rock
Mar. 13 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 14 - Don White
Mar. 21 - Atwater-Donnelly
Mar. 28 - Seth Glier
Mar. 29 - Garnet Rogers, 7:00 p.m.
THE BREAD BOX
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. All proceeds benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Emergency Food Pantry. Web: http://www.breadboxfolk.org/
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
NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 860-285-1886. Web: http://www.northwestpark.org/concerts.htm
Jan. 31 - Don White
Feb. 14 - The Matt Dechamplain Quartet
Feb. 28 - Cady Finlayson with Vita Tanga
Mar. 14 - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Mar. 28 - Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Apr. 11 - Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
Apr. 25 - Porch Party Mamas
May 2 - Gil Gutierrez String Trio
OPEN MIC IN SOUTH WINDSOR
The last Monday of every month, for an acoustic open mic at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT. 6:00-6:30 sign up. All forms of music welcome. A piano is available. Hosted by flutist Minta White. For more information call the library on Monday or Thursday: 860-289-1783.
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 edsavage(atsign)ushartford.com 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
Wilde Auditorium (W) or Millard Auditorium (M), University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. (Rte. 189), West Hartford, CT. Celtic Airs is sponsored by WWUH and is a benefit series for WWUH. For tickets call 800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. Web: http://wwuh.org/
Feb. 20 - Socks in the Frying Pan (W), 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 21 - Dervish, at the Lincoln Theater, 6:30 p.m.
CENTRAL CT ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS SOCIETY
For more information: http://www.meetup.com/Central-CT-Acoustic-Musicians-Society/
SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For information or reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Jan. 31 - Occidental Gypsy
Feb. 7 - The Kennedys
Feb. 14 - Roosevelt Dime
Feb. 21 - Atwater-Donnelly
Feb. 28 - The Nields
Mar. 7 - Burning Bridget Cleary
Mar. 14 - The Faithful Sky with Hugh Blumenfeld
Mar. 21 - Mike+Ruthy
Mar. 28 - Red Molly with Mark Erelli (at The Unitarian Society)
Apr. 11 - Men-At-Words: James Keelaghan, Archie Fisher & Jez Lowe
Apr. 18 - Hungrytown
Apr. 25 - Aztec Two-Step
May 9 - The Morgans
May 16 - The Portable Folk Festival
THE LISTENING SPACE
Covenant Congregational Church, 1 Westminster Dr., West Hartford, CT. 860-977-0607. Web: http://whcovenant.org/
Open Mic, third Saturday of each month, 7:00 p.m., sign up at 6:30 p.m. Free.
NIGHTS AT THE BEEKLEY
The Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Ave., New Hartford, CT. 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 show. For tickets and more information, call 860-379-7235. Web: http://www.nightsatthebeekley.com/
Feb. 21 - Darlingside / Caitlin Canty
Mar. 21 - SHEL
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). $15 annual dues. Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web:
Jan. 31 - Fellswater / Eric McDonald And Will Woodson, 8 PM
Feb. 7 - Occidental Gypsy, 8 PM
Feb. 15 - Fullset (From Ireland), 7 PM
Feb. 21 - Rossoni, 8 PM
Feb. 28 - The Gnomes, 8 PM
Mar. 1 - RUNA, 7 PM
Mar. 7 - Robbie O'Connell / Caitlin Nic Gabhann & Ciaran O Maonaigh, 8 PM
Mar. 15 - Pendragon, 7 PM
Mar. 21 - Eastern Medicine Singers, 2 PM
Mar. 21 - Martin Grosswendt / Bertrand Laurence, 8 PM
Mar. 28 - Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block & Keith Murphy, 8 PM http://www.riverfolk.org/
BRISTOL'S STONE CHURCH COFFEE HOUSE
300 High Street, Bristol, RI. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call 401-253-4813. Web: http://www.stonechurchcoffeehouse.com/
Feb. 28 - Becky Chace
Mar. 28 - Boxcar Lilies
Apr. 25 - Railroad House
May 9 - Mark Cutler / Chris Monti (Double Bill)
WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 508-540-0320. Email: email@example.com Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Feb. 15 - Debra Cowan and John Roberts
Mar. 1 - Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
Mar. 15 - To be announced
Mar. 29 - OCEAN
Apr. 12 - Men at Words: Archie Fisher, James Keelaghan & Jez Lowe
PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society presents 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: http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/
Feb. 7 - Featuring Donna Hebert and Max Cohen
UNITY HOUSE CONCERTS
At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. For information and reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-House-Concerts/1485832181665928
Mar. 21 - Gaslight Tinkers
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. For tickets call 914-232-1252. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
Mar. 7 - Dom Flemons Trio, 8:00 p.m. http://www.caramoor.org/events/dom-flemons/
Apr. 11 - Willie Watson, Cricket Tell the Weather opening, 8:00 p.m. http://www.caramoor.org/events/willie-watson/
June 27 - American Roots Music Festival, with Lucinda Williams, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more.
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.
PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE
At The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park), New York City, NY. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 212-787-3903. Web: http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org/
Jan. 31 - David Kleiman Memorial
Feb. 7 - Rod MacDonald
Feb. 14 - Women's Voices for Love & Freedom: Alice Farrell; Robbie Wedeen; MaryNell Morgan
Feb. 21 - Rep. Major Owens Memorial, produced by Chris Owens, with the Owens Brothers and others
Feb. 28 - MacDougal Street Rent Party Reunion
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Feb. 7 - Howard Fishman presents Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes
Feb. 28 - The Murphy Beds and Anna & Elizabeth
Mar. 7 - Driftwood
Mar. 28 - The Kennedys
Apr. 25 - Eliza Gilkyson
May 16 - Jon Brooks with Fred Gillen, Jr.
RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Feb. 8 - The Grahams
Mar. 8 - Radoslav Lorkovic
Apr. 19 - Jess Klein and Rod Picott
Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115
Feb. 21 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Sounding Board
Coffeehouse, Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St., West
Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-635-7685.
Feb. 22 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Music at Lily Pads, 27 North Road, Peace Dale, RI. 4:00 p.m. Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.musicatlilypads.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveLilyPads
Feb. 27 - Dudley Senior Center, 71 W. Main St., Dudley, MA. Free and open to the public. 1:00 p.m. 508-949-8010 x3. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 15 - With John Roberts, Woods Hole Folk Music Society, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m.
AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS:
Feb. 8 - 24 Everit House Concert Series, 24 Everit St., New Haven, CT.
1:30 pm Reservations strongly suggested.
Feb. 28 - With Nick Anderson and Shady Creek, Killingly Grange, Rt. 101 and Dog Hill Rd., Dayville, CT. 7:00 pm
Mar. 8 - Bread Box Folk Series, benefit for Covenant Soup Kitchen, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. 4:00 pm 860-429-4220 http://www.breadbox.org/
Apr. 11 - Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT. 7:30 pm 860-285-1886 email@example.com http://www.northwestpark.org/concerts.htm
Apr. 25 - Little River Concert Series, Hampton Grange, 178 Main St., Hampton, CT. 7:30 pm http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-River-Music-Series
May 30 at Noon and May 31 at 2:15 pm - Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Park Campground, 42 Pierce Rd., Preston, CT. 860-886-1944 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.strawberrypark.net/
CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
LAST FAIR DEAL:
Jan. 29 - With The Meadows Brothers, Infinity Music Hall, 20 Greenwoods
Rd. W., Norfolk, CT. 8:00 p.m.
STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS:
Jan. 27 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Jan. 30 - Molten Java, 213 Greenwoods Ave., Bethel, CT. 8-10 pm
Feb. 21 - Todd Skilton (of the Podunk Throwbacks) featured performer at Rhode Island Songwriters Association, Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House, 209 Douglas Ave., Providence, RI. 8:30 pm
Feb. 27 - O'Connor's Public House, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT. 8-11 pm
Mar. 8 - Passiflora, 526 Main, New Hartford, CT. 2-4 pm
Mar. 17 - Klekolo Coffee, Court St., Middletown, CT. 7-9 pm
Apr. 10 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
May 15 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
June 19 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
July 17 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
Feb. 21 - The All-American Valley General Store, 16 Bank St., Seymour,
CT. 7:00 p.m. 203-828-6442
DON SINETI: Mondays - Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Education and shanties, mornings and afternoons.
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.
GAIL WADE AND TURNING POINT:
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/
THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. http://www.thehalfdoorhfd.com/
Feb. 1 - The Cornfed Dogs, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
THE 30TH JOE VAL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Feb. 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA. To celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary, we’ve put together a huge and talented lineup of artists across two stages, the usual host of Master Classes, Workshops, Joe Val Kids Academy and even a few extra special events. Here’s a taste of the acts that will be appearing this year: The Del McCoury Band (Sun), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (Fri), The Seldom Scene (Sat), Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (Sat), Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass (Sat), The Kathy Kallick Band (Sun), The Roland White Band (Fri), Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick Sing Songs of Vern and Ray (Sun), Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (Sat), Helen Highwater with David Grier, Missy Raines, Mike Compton and Shad Cobb (Fri), Town Mountain (Sun), Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing (Sat), Bluegrass Gospel Project (Sun), Twisted Pine (Fri), Kids Academy (Sun). Tickets are now on sale at http://www.bbu.org/
THE PODUNK BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT. Podunk features a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid's Academy, music vendors, round-the-clock jamming, and plenty of room for camping. For 2015 we will have a full 2nd stage featuring some of Connecticut's up and coming folk artists along with some regional Folk/Americana artists. For more information: http://podunkbluegrass.com/
Also look at http://ContraSENE.tripod.com/ for Contra Dance listings in Southeastern New England, and http://www.CTcontra.com/ for an index to Contra Dancing in Connecticut.
ROUND HILL COUNTRY DANCES
Contra dances on the second Saturday of every month (except August), and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the Stone House at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road, Stamford, CT. 8:00-11:00 p.m. with basics for beginners at 7:30. Partners not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890. http://www.roundhill.net/
Not your bar-mitzvah/wedding-type Israeli dances! We do circle dances, line dances, and partner dances to a Middle Eastern beat. Dance incorporates many elements of Swing and Salsa. Every Thursday night, Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. No partner or experience necessary. Beginner dancing from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Both sessions include teaching. $7.00. Light refreshments. For more information, contact Yossi at 860-985-7550 or email@example.com
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
Contra Dances on the first and third Saturdays throughout the year, at the Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford, CT. Beginner's lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance 8:00-11:00 p.m. Please bring soft-soled shoes or sneakers. Admission $10.00. Call 203-776-1812 for more information. Web: http://www.ctcontra.com/nhcd/
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
Friday nights from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT. Dances will be taught by Paul McGuire. Music by Marshall Barron, Grace Feldman and Margaret Ann Martin with musicians from Marshall's Dance Band Workshops. Admission $10.00. Cheerful dances, friendly community, beautiful music. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Come with or without a partner. For more information call 203-776-6929. http://www.nmsmusicschool.org/
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN NEW HAVEN
Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:45 to 10:00 at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, 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 the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. $13, $6 students with ID. For more information: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM
Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 6:00-7:30 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. 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 FARMINGTON FOLK DANCERS
The Farmington Folk Dancers meet on most Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Amistad Hall, First Church of Christ, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT (across from Miss Porter's School on Route 10). Sessions are held during the church program year from September through the end of June. Beginners and people with 'two left feet' are welcome. The cost for the evening is $3.00; refreshments are served. For more information: Kathydncr@aol.com or call 860-747-4711.
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 weeks: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Open to Suggestion..."
with Bridgett Ellis, Sunday 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):
Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Saturday 4:00-5:00 a.m.
The Celtic Cafe with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
75% Folk with Michael Benson, Mondays, 6:00-8:00 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 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT):
"Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks),
Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email:
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA):
"The Contemporary Cafe" with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic
Blues, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.
WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY):
"New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-11:00 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;
Thursday 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. with Chuck Vigue.
"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.
"Prairie Home Companion", Saturday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.
WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA): http://www.wumb.org/programs/schedule.php
WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT):
(Also carried by
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.
"Mixed Grille", Steve Theaker, Monday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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