Folknotes.org – featuring the Sounding Board Coffeehouse

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.

For reservations:
Online reservations: Save My Seat!
Or email: reservations@soundingboardcoffeehouse.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 On The Web

The Sounding Board's official web site is soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.

This web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be on-line, featuring the Sounding Board and other folk music venues in southern New England.

Please send your event listings to eventlistings@soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE SCHEDULE

Aztec Two-Step

April 25, 2015: AZTEC TWO-STEP

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. With four plus decades on progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies. The duo has performed worldwide, been critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone and appeared on many radio and TV shows.
Aztec Two-Step will be performing their "Classic Duos" show at this concert, featuring songs from Simon & Garfunkle, The Everly Brothers, and, of course, their own hits.
$25 general, $22 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.

The Sounding Board will be closed on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

May 9, 2015: HAYLEY REARDON AND THE MEADOWS BROTHERS

Hayley Reardon first came to our attention when she opened for Susan Werner last fall. Her high school graduation is just a few weeks away, but Hayley is already a seasoned folk artist having performed for enthusiastic crowds at folk venues throughout New England. Performer Magazine describes her music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul.” Noted for her thoughtful, vivid songwriting and engaging stage performance, The Boston Globe Magazine named Hayley a “Bostonian of the Year” for her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment.

Ian and Dustin Meadows of Chester, Connecticut have been playing music together for years, and they claim it all goes back to singing along to their parents’ records while sitting in their high chairs at the kitchen table. Somewhere in their early teens, while playing together in a different band, they got hooked on Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, and became infatuated with American roots music, crafting songs, and being able to pass on the joy they receive from music. They share vocal duties and sing classic sibling harmonies inspired by the “Brother Bands” of 1940s and '50s country and bluegrass music. If you’ve ever wondered what Ira and Charlie Louvin were like when they were 18 and 20 years old, you should be at The Sounding Board when The Meadows Brothers take the stage.
$16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Hayley Reardon

Meadows Brothers

Portable Folk Festival

Don Sineti

May 16, 2015: PORTABLE FOLK FESTIVAL

A fundraising concert to benefit DON SINETI

We can safely say that no other performer has appeared more often at The Sounding Board than the Portable Folk Festival. In fact, you can count on finding a few members of the group working or in the audience at every show. Formed in 1974 by Sounding Board members and volunteers, the Portable Folk Festival presents a genre-bending array of music, from traditional folk to country songs and a whole lot of things you probably won’t hear anywhere else. Group members play everything from guitars and fiddles to hammered dulcimer and spoons. Come prepared to sing along.

This concert will be a benefit for one of Connecticut's favorite folksingers, Don Sineti, a co-founder of The Morgans and chanteyman extraordinaire. Following a health crisis and major surgery last December, Don has been in and out of hospitals and long-term rehabilitation. After a few harrowing months, Don's health crisis has lessened and he's now on a long road to recovery. The loss of income and substantial medical bills have taken a toll, and Don could use your support right now.
All funds raised from ticket and refreshment sales will be turned over to Don. The Sounding Board will also pass the hat for any additional donations you might care to make.
$16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.


Coming up next season:

September 12, 2015: MARK ERELLI

September 19, 2015: BILL STAINES

September 26, 2015: BROTHER SUN (The Levins opening)

October 3, 2015: STACY PHILLIPS & PAUL HOWARD

October 10, 2015: DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION

October 17, 2015: CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER

October 24, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON

November 7, 2015: GRASS ROUTES

November 14, 2015: HERDMAN, HILLS & MANGSEN

November 21, 2015: ROOSEVELT DIME

March 5, 2016: ATWATER-DONNELLY


Past Performers at the Sounding Board


Click here if you would like to be added to our email list.
Your email address will only be used for messages about upcoming Sounding Board Coffeehouse concerts.

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.


FOLK MUSIC IN THE AREA

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: branfordfolk@gmail.com Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Apr. 18 - Gordon Bok
May 9 - John Roberts and Tony Barrand

CHIRP
Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP), a series of free summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. Web: http://www.Chirpct.org/
June 2 - Della Mae

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/
Apr. 19 - Luke Wade, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 23 - Judy Collins, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 27 - The Waterboys, 8:00 p.m.
June 12 - Roger McGuinn, 8:00 p.m.
June 28 - Keb' Mo', 8:00 p.m.

SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-362-5912 or email: tmquinn@optonline.net 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/
May 1 - Tribute To Neil Young, featuring Rebecca Loebe and Jesse Terry

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/

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or 203-430-6020.
Apr. 24 - Dale Ann Bradley Band, Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 8:00 p.m.
June 13 - The Honey Dewdrops, Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
July 23 - The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Spaceland Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 19 - J.D. Crowe and the New South, Unitarian Society Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 - Tim O'Brien, with Old Man Luedecke opening, Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., 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/
May 15 - Bill Staines

SONGS AT JANET'S
House concerts in East Lyme, CT. For reservations or more information, email: SongsatJanets@aol.com
Apr. 23 - Matthew Byrne

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: thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com 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/
Apr. 18 - Kala Farnham
Apr. 25 - Andrew McKnight
Apr. 26 - Eric Taylor (at Pomfret Audubon Center). 7:00 p.m.
May 1 - Open Mic – Andy & Judy. 7:30 p.m.
May 2 - Low Lilly
May 8 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts. 7:00 p.m.
May 9 - Atwater Donnelly Trio
May 16 - Britt Connors & Bourbon Renewal
May 23 - The Meadows Brothers
May 30 - Joel Cage
June 5 - Open Mic - Alec Chambers. 7:30 p.m.
June 6 - Carolyn Waters
June 12 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts. 7:00 p.m.
June 13 - Nine6teen - Benefit Concert
June 20 - Oakes and Smith
June 27 - Alex Smith

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, songaday@hotmail.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
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

CELTIC AIRS
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/
Aug. 7 - Full Set

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: reservations@folknotes.org or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Apr. 18 - Hungrytown
Apr. 25 - Aztec Two-Step
May 9 - Hayley Reardon and The Meadows Brothers
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 http://www.nightsatthebeekley.com/

ROARING BROOK CONCERTS
Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT. 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information call 860-693-0263. Web: http://www.roaringbrookconcerts.org/
Apr. 18 - Harvey Reid & Joyce Anderson
Apr. 25 - Double State Troubadours: Lara Herscovitch & Kristen Graves
May 2 - Tim & Myles Thompson
May 9 - Ed Gerhard

BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
http://www.41bridgestreet.com/
Apr. 19 - Roosevelt Dime + The Stray Birds, 7:00 p.m.
June 14 - Peter Yarrow with special guest Mustard, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 3 - Eilen Jewell, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 11 - Caravan of Thieves, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 17 - Boxcar Lilies, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 19 - Chris Smither, 8:00 p.m.

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:
Apr. 18 - The Mairtin O'Connor Trio, 8 PM
Apr. 25 - Burning Bridget Cleary, 8 PM
May 2 - Gypsy Star, 8 PM
May 16 - Atwater-Donnelly Trio, 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/
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: whfolk@verizon.net Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/

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/

UNITY HOUSE CONCERTS
At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. For information and reservations email unityhouse@uuspringfield.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-House-Concerts/1485832181665928

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. For tickets call 914-232-1252. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
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.

NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: nypinewood@aol.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/

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/
Apr. 18 - Ray Korona Song Night, with the Ray Korona Band and others.
Apr. 25 - Sally Campbell; Pat Lamanna.
May 2 - Anne Hills, Harmonic Insurgence.
May 9 - 2nd Annual Pete Seeger Sing Along (PVC benefit).
May 16 - The Cost of Freedom: Kent & Jackson State 1970-2015. A Commemorative Concert with emma's revolution and Magpie, with readings by Vince Brown. Produced by Susie Erenrich. A project of the Cultural Center for Social Change and PVC.

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Apr. 25 - Eliza Gilkyson
May 16 - Jon Brooks with Fred Gillen, Jr.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington, NY.
Apr. 18 - Over The Rhine, 8:00 p.m.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Apr. 19 - Jess Klein and Rod Picott
June 14 - Radoslav Lorkavic

ECLECTIC CAFE
Unitarian Society, 28 Brentwood Rd., Bay Shore, NY. Open mic 7:30, short set by a local performer 8:00 p.m., feature performer 8:30 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to our in house food bank. 631-661-1278. Web: http://eclecticcafe.org/
May 9 - The Pre-War Ponies

FOLK PHONES: Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115


FOLK ARTISTS

ATWATER-DONNELLY: Apr. 18 - First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High St., Newbury, MA. This will be a ticketed event. 7:00 p.m. 978-526-7661 http://firstparishofnewbury.org/
Apr. 19 - Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham, MA. 3:00 p.m. 508-295-2840 or 295-4490. Web: http://www.goodshepherdwareham.org/
Apr. 29 - The Granite Theatre, produced by the Renaissance City Theatre, Inc., 1 Granite St., Westerly, RI. 7:30 p.m. 401-596-2341 Web: http://www.granitetheatre.com/
May 3 - Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport, RI. 2:00 p.m. 401-847-8720. Free to the public. Web: http://www.newportlibraryri.org/
May 9 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
May 13 - Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St., Framingham, MA. 7:00 p.m. 508-532-6347. Free to the public. Web: http://www.framinghamlibrary.org/
May 16 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 8:00 p.m. 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

TONY BIRD: Apr. 19 - Brick Hill House Concerts, 164 Brick Hill Road, Orleans, MA. 7:00 p.m. Reservations: 508-255-3864, or dinah164@capecod.net. Web: http://www.facebook.com/brickhillhouseconcerts
http://www.mangotime.net/

DOOFUS: Apr. 18 - Trinity Coffee House, Trinity Church on the Green, 90 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Opening with David Lindsay and Gail Pells. 7:00 p.m. Web: http://doofusmusic.com/

AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS: 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 camp@strawberrypark.net http://www.strawberrypark.net/
http://www.AmyGallatin.com/

CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/

LARRY KAPLAN: Aug. 6 - Thursdays on the Dock, Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT. 5:30 p.m. 860-767-8269. Web: http://www.ctrivermuseum.org/
Sep. 25-26 - Working Waterfront Festival, State Pier, New Bedford, MA. 508-993-8894. Web: http://workingwaterfrontfestival.com/
Oct. 10 - The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 Deerfield Rd., Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web: http://thevanillabeancafe.com/
http://www.larrykaplanmusic.com/

PODUNK THROWBACKS: May 15 - 8:15 pm: Wheeler's, 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.
May 22 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
May 31 - 8:00-11:00 pm: Dream Away Lodge, County Rd., Beckett, MA.
June 14 - 12:00 pm: Preston Ridge Vineyard, 100 Miller Rd., Preston, CT.
June 19 - 8:15 pm: Wheeler's, 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.
June 26 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
July 10 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
July 17 - 8:15 pm: Wheeler's, 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.
July 22 - 3:00 pm: Interview on "Homegrown" with Jay Roberts, WAPJ, Torrington, CT.
July 25 - 8:00 pm: The Hub, 45 Main St., Torrington, CT.
Aug. 28 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
http://www.podunkthrowbacks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/podunkthrowbacks
http://www.reverbnation.com/podunkthrowbacks

KERRI POWERS:
http://www.kerripowers.com/

PHIL ROSENTHAL: Apr. 19 - "Songs of Pete Seeger" and more, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. 2:00 p.m. 203-452-2850. Web: http://www.ewml.org/index.htm
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

SHOREGRASS: May 17 - ShoreGrass Trio at First Presbyterian Church of New Haven, 704 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. Bluegrass gospel during the regular Sunday morning worship service, and music during the Friendship Hour afterwards. 10:45 a.m. The public is welcome. Info: 203-562-5664.
May 24 - Comstock Ferre Heirloom Festival, 263 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. 860-571-6590 or email: info@comstockferre.com. 12-2:00 p.m. Free.
http://www.shoregrass.com/

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:
http://www.gailwademusic.com/


BLUEGRASS EVENTS

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
Web: http://www.ctbgma.org/

THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 4:00-7:00 p.m. 860-232-7827.
Apr. 26 - Dick Bowden's "Flying Circus!"
http://www.thehalfdoorhfd.com/

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/


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

THE NEFFA FESTIVAL
Apr. 24-26, 2015 at Mansfield High School and Middle School, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA. See their web site for details: http://www.neffa.org/


FOLK DANCING

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/

ISRAELI DANCING
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 hilulimusa@gmail.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 newhavenscottish@gmail.com.

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
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/

HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE
May 9 - HCD-Contra Dance with music by O'Reely with caller Ted Crane at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT. New dancer lesson at 7:30, dance from 8-11 p.m. Jam Session is 6:00-7:30 p.m.; no charge; bring your own instrument. Please wear clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $5 students ages 14+. http://www.hcdance.org/ or email conntras@yahoo.com or call 1-888-423-0423 for more information.

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.


FOLK MUSIC ON THE RADIO

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.
http://wamc.org/

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.
http://wcniradio.org/

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.
http://www.wcuw.org/

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.
http://wesufm.org/

WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT): "Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email: whusbluegrasscafe@gmail.com
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.whus.org/

WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA): "The Contemporary Cafe" with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic Blues, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.
http://www.wicn.org/

WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY): "New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
http://www.wkze.com/

WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT): "Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
http://wmnr.org/

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. wnhufolk@yahoo.com
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.
http://www.wnhu.net/

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.
http://www.wshu.org/

WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA): http://www.wumb.org/programs/schedule.php

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.
http://www.wwuh.org/program/music/folk/folk.htm
"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.
http://wwuh.org/


Folknotes.org includes listings for folk music concerts, festivals, radio programs, etc., that occur in Connecticut and the southern New England area.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall.

For more information about the Sounding Board Coffeehouse, please see its official web site: soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.
Please send your event listings to eventlistings@soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.

If you are an artist interested in playing at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse, please contact:
Janet Steucek
668 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416
Email: folkie43@sbcglobal.net

Directors of the Sounding Board: Brent Hall, President; Charles Eirmann, V.P.; James Rigby, Secretary; Janet Steucek, Treasurer; Jerry Jacques, Director of Operations; Laura Cipriano; Paul Cipriano.