Sounding Board 40 Years

Folknotes – A publication of the Sounding Board, Inc.

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, in addition to publishing this monthly newsletter. Sounding Board members receive the printed version of the newsletter in the mail, as well as 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. Note our new 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. 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 or more information, please email reservations@folknotes.org. (Note: If you do not have email call Janet at 860-635-7685.) Reservations must be made before 4:00 p.m. the day of the show, either by phone or email.

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.

NOTE: To Sounding Board members who have mailed in their membership renewal checks: please pick up your membership cards at the Sounding Board on a concert night. Thanks!


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE SCHEDULE

April 19, 2014: WALT MICHAEL & CO.

"Walt Michael is a hammered dulcimerist of uncommon power." according to Frets Magazine. His music and the various groups he's been associated with have taken him from coal camps in Appalachia to the White House. Walt's wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and he has recorded 14 albums and instructional videos. Walt has played venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, including The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. We're pleased to welcome him back to The Sounding Board. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students.

Walt Michael

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem

April 26, 2014: RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT (near U of H).

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem inventively mix traditional, original, and contemporary sounds on fiddle, guitar, bass and recycled percussion - and top that with joyous harmonies from four skilled singers. They draw from the deep well of American roots music, and have an adventurous way of mixing things up. $20 general, $18 members, $10 students.

The Sounding Board will be closed on May 3, 2014.

May 10, 2014: RED MOLLY (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)

Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in CO. Their new CD "Light in the Sky" spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ's #3 Top Album of 2012. In 2013, the band will spend the month of March touring throughout Australia, and in August will head to Europe for the first time, for Denmark's Tonder Festival. They have also been invited to appear for the third time at NC's legendary music gathering, MerleFest. Also scheduled is a fourth appearance at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where in September 2012 the Bristol Herald Courier dubbed Red Molly "The Twin City's sweethearts", saying the band "lit up the stage, as a massive crowd of adoring fans sat mesmerized by their silky smooth harmonies and superb musicianship." This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT (near U of H). $20 general, $18 members, $10 students.

Red Molly

Photo: Annabel Braithwaite

Portable Folk Music Festival

May 17, 2014: THE PORTABLE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

A 12 member "house band" from the Sounding Board. Organized in 1974, this is their 40th year in existence and this concert promises to have a lot of chorus singalongs along with some of their past members performing also. Instruments include guitar, banjo, mandolin, banjolin, autoharp, hammered and Appalachian dulcimers, accordion, spoons, bones, bass, tin whistle, cornet and sometimes tuba! $16 general, $14 members, $10 students.

The Sounding Board will be closed on May 24, 2014.

May 31, 2014: THE DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)

Starting time for this concert will be 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss the Dulcimer Folk Association of Connecticut's 19th Annual Coffeehouse Concert in this benefit performance for the Sounding Board. The Dulcimer Folk Association was organized 23 years ago by a group of folks who wanted to share their instruments and the sweet music they make with the community. Come out and get acquainted with these folks who play an assortment of acoustic folk instruments such as mountain or (Appalachian or lap) dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, viola, and more! They invite everyone to sing along, hum or harmonize with the choruses.

This concert will be held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT (near U of H).

Dulcimer Folk Association


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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://folknotes.org/branfordfolk/
Apr. 27 - 40th Anniversary Celebration! Details at http://folknotes.org/branfordfolk
May 10 - Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

ACOUSTIC CELEBRATION
Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT unless otherwise specified. 4:00 p.m. For more information call 203-431-6501. Tickets available on-line at http://www.acousticcelebration.org/ or at Ridgefield Music, 19 Governor St., Ridgefield.
Apr. 27 - Ernest Troost

THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. For tickets or more information call 203-438-5795. Web: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/
Apr. 24 - Melissa Etheridge
May 1 - Tom Chapin & Livingston Taylor with guest Jammin' Divas
June 13 - Cash is King (Johnny Cash Tribute Show)

GOOD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Rowayton Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, CT. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-866-4450. Web: http://www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com/
Apr. 26 - Small Potatoes

MILFORD ARTS COUNCIL PERFORMANCE COFFEEHOUSE
40 Railroad Avenue, Milford, CT (in the former Eastbound Railroad Station building). For more information call 203-878-6647. Web: http://www.milfordarts.org/
Apr. 25 - Homegrown String Band, 8:00 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAYS NEW HAVEN
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 2 - Simon and Garfunkel Tribute night, with Kristen Graves, Hannah and Maggie, and Mighty Purple (at Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden)

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 Chris at 203-430-6020.
Apr. 19 - "Give Back to Tony Rice", a benefit concert, 7:00 p.m. at Unitarian Society Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT.
May 10 - The Honey Dewdrops, 8:00 p.m. at The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden, CT.

HOUSE CONCERT IN WALLINGFORD
May 2 - Hughie Jones. 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:00. Reservations required. Email ginadunlap@att.net or 203-376-5436.

CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. May 6, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, NORWICH
Folk in the Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington Street, Norwich, CT. 860-887-4249. A portion of the proceeds go to the Christ Church School of the Arts Scholarship fund. http://cecnorwichct.org/
Apr. 27 - Meg Hutchinson, 3:00 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK AT ALL SOULS
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve or purchase tickets visit http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
May 2 - The Kennedys

HOUSE CONCERTS IN NORTH STONINGTON
4 Starlight Lane, North Stonington, CT. 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Reservations necessary. Call 860-434-2047 or 860-535-8485.
Apr. 13 - Lee Murdock

SONGS AT JANET'S
House concerts in East Lyme, CT. For reservations or more information, email: SongsatJanets@aol.com
Apr. 19 - Cliff Haslam

KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets call 877-503-1286. Web: http://www.KatharineHepburnTheater.org/
Apr. 13 - Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage
Apr. 19 - Ben Taylor
Apr. 27 - Robin & Linda Williams
May 9 - Rocky Mountain High: John Denver Tribute
May 10 - Maggie's Guitar: Simon & Garfunkle Tribute
June 21 - Boxcar Lillies, Brother Sun
June 22 - Red Molly

ROBBIE COLLOMORE MUSIC SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 860-526-5162. Web: http://www.collomoreconcerts.org/
May 11 - Tribecastan

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
Apr. 19 - Last Fair Deal, 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 26 - Jussi Reijonen: Un, 8:00 p.m.

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 - Chelsea Berry
Apr. 26 - Andrew McKnight
Apr. 27 - Ellis Paul
May 2 - Open Mic - Curtis Brand, 7:30 p.m.
May 3 - Brooks Williams
May 9 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
May 10 - Kevin Briody
May 17 - Joel Cage
May 24 - Lui Collins
May 31 - Atwater-Donnelly Trio
June 6 - Open Mic - Ian Fitzgerald, 7:30 p.m.
June 7 - Marc Berger
June 13 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
June 14 - Carolyn Walker
June 21 - Nine6teen
June 28 - Steve Tilston

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/
May 17 - The Steel Wheels

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.

SALMON BROOK MUSIC SERIES
The Fellowship Hall of South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, Granby, CT. 860-916-5066
May 2 - Brooks Williams, 7:30 p.m.

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

SUNDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS SERIES
The Firebox Restaurant, 539 Broad St., Hartford, CT. 5:00-8:00 p.m. 203-650-3492. http://www.fireboxrestaurant.com/
Apr. 13 - BigApple'achia
Apr. 27 - Grass Routes
May 18 - Dick Bowden's Flying Circus
June 15 - Girl Howdy

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. 7:30 p.m. For tickets call 800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. Web: http://wwuh.org/
June 6 - Andy Irvine (W)
Aug. 15 - Fullset (W)

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. 19 - Walt Michael & Co.
Apr. 26 - Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
May 10 - Red Molly (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)
May 17 - The Portable Folk Festival
May 31 - The Dulcimer Folk Association (at The Unitarian Society Of Hartford)

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/
Apr. 26 - Ellis Paul

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. 13 at 7:00 p.m. - 34th Anniversary Show: Pat Donohue (with special guest Stephen Bennett).
Apr. 26 - Geoff Muldaur
May 3 - Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen

BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
http://www.41bridgestreet.com/
Apr. 18 - Guy Davis, 8:00 p.m.
May 15 - Steve Forbert, 8:00 p.m.
May 23 - Loudon Wainwright III, 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/

VOICES CAFE
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. http://www.voicescafe.org/
May 10 - Cheryl Wheeler

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Apr. 26 - International String Trio, 8:00 p.m.
May 3 - The Atwater-Donnelly Band, 8:00 p.m.
May 10 - Martin Hayes And Dennis Cahill, 8:00 p.m.
May 24 - Choro Das 3, 8:00 p.m.
May 31 - Bike and Blues The Blackstone, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
June 21 (rain date June 22) - 4th Annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival, at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI. 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors. Cantrip, Aoife Clancy, The Gnomes, Robbie O'Connell, Panache, Pendragon, Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance and Showcase Dance Productions, and more to be announced. Call 401-725-9272 for information or visit http://www.riverfolk.org/brtssf

STONE SOUP COFFEEHOUSE
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 401-723-0354. (Hoot means open mike, come early to sign up.) Email: stone@soup.org Web: http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/
May 3 - Catie Curtis

COMMON FENCE MUSIC
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. 401-683-5085. http://commonfencemusic.org/
Apr. 26 - Tom Rush

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/
Apr. 13 - The Honey Dewdrops

GUTHRIE CENTER AT THE OLD TRINITY CHURCH
2 Van Dusenville Road, Great Barrington, MA. 413-528-1955. Web: http://guthriecenter.org/
Thursdays: Hootenanny, 8:00 p.m., signup, 7:00 p.m.
May 23-25 - Arlo Guthrie’s Spring Revival

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/

IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL
20 Center St., Northamption, MA. (Partial listing.) All shows 7:00 pm unless noted. Web: http://www.iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp
Apr. 20 - David Mallett
May 16 - Jonathan Edwards

CALVIN THEATRE
19 King St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-1444 http://www.iheg.com/
May 9 - Wailin' Jennies

THE uNi COFFEEHOUSE
Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. 7:30 p.m. For information and reservations call 413-562-3990. Email: edbethui@comcast.net Web: http://uNiCoffeehouse.org/
May 17 - Matt and Shannon Heaton

TOWNE CRIER CAFE
379 Main Street, Beacon, NY. 845-855-1300. Web: http://townecrier.com/
Apr. 13 - Teetotallers, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 - Walt Michael & Co. with Tall County, 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 19 - Rory Block, 8:30 p.m.
Apr. 20 - Tribecastan, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 - John McCutcheon, 7:30 p.m.
May 2 - Ellis Paul, 8:30 p.m.
May 3 - David Wax Museum, 8:30 p.m.
May 11 - Holly Near with Emma's Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
May 16 - Buskin & Batteau; also Brother Sun, 8:30 p.m.
May 18 - Iris DeMent Band with Jake Klar, 7:30 p.m.
May 31 - The Klezmatics, 8:30 p.m.

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.

FIRST ACOUSTICS COFFEEHOUSE
First Unitarian Congregational Society, 50 Monroe Place at Pierrepont St., Brooklyn, NY. Info: 718-288-5994. Web: http://www.firstacoustics.org/
May 3 - We're About 9 and ilyAIMY
May 17 - Seth Glier, The Yayas

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/
May 2 - John Roberts and Tony Barrand
June 10 - Bob Walser
July 18 - John McCutcheon
* Weekends
May 23-26 - Spring Folk Music Weekend

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. 26 - Sharon Abreu & Mike Hurwicz; Colleen Kattau and Some Guys
May 3 - Ben Tousley & Sue Kranz; Carrie & Michael Kline
May 10 - SONiA of Disappear Fear
May 17 - 50th Anniversary Tribute to Freedom Summer

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Apr. 26 - Roosevelt Dime and Driftwood, 7:30 p.m.
May 31 - Blind Boy Paxton and Mamie Minch, 7:30 p.m.
Common Ground @ South Church at South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
May 3 - Ron Vincent Quartet with Ron Vincent, Mark Morganelli, Jay Azzolina with the RiverArts Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY OF HUNTINGTON
Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport, NY. Web: http://fmsh.org/
May 3 - Beaucoup Blue & Jon Brooks
June 7 - John Gorka

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


FOLK ARTISTS

ANOTHER OCTAVE
Another Octave: Connecticut Women's Chorus presents "Road Trip" on May 4 at 4:00 p.m., Unity of Greater Hartford, 919 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT and on May 17 at 7:00 p.m., Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. For more information and tickets: http://www.anotheroctave.org/

ATWATER-DONNELLY: Apr. 13 - Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Road, Jamestown, RI. 3-4:30 p.m. Free. http://www.jamestownri.com/library/
Apr. 19 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Not Just Another Coffeehouse, The Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main St., Sharon, MA. 7-9 p.m. http://www.notjustanothercoffeehouse.org/
May 3 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 8:00 p.m. 401-725-9272 http://www.riverfolk.org/
May 6 - Irish American Coastal Club Event, Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Open to the public. http://www.irishamericancoastalclub.com/
May 10 - Church Street Coffeehouse, United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Warren, RI. 8:00 p.m. http://www.churchstreetcoffeehouse.com/
May 25 - With Bill Harley, Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, Art Tebbets, John Fuzek, and Joyce Katzberg and Jimmy Warren, Pete Seeger Memorial Concert, Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI. 5:00-8:00 p.m. with campfire/jam session 8:00-10:00 p.m. Outdoors, but inside if rain. Free but donations accepted, net proceeds will go to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. 401-241-7349. BYOB and picnic. http://www.sandywoodsmusic.com/
May 31 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

AZTEC TWO-STEP: May 10 - Discovery Museum & Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. 8:00 p.m. Tickets: http://discoverymuseum.org/museum/museum/events/musicunderthestars.html or 203-372-3521.

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

LAST FAIR DEAL: Apr. 19 - The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-347-4957. http://www.buttonwood.org/
http://www.lastfairdeal.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.

TUESDAY SAINTS: Apr. 17 - Lefty's Landing, 875 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 860-796-4891
http://TuesdaySaints.com/


BLUEGRASS EVENTS

UPCOMING BLUEGRASS EVENTS
There are many more bluegrass concerts, festivals and jams than we can list here. If you would like to keep informed of bluegrass events, you may subscribe to the Upcoming Bluegrass Events email list. Send an email to bluegrasstime@charter.net and type subscribe in the subject line. It is published monthly on the 1st and 15th.


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

NEFFA FESTIVAL
Apr. 25-27, 2014. Mansfield High & Middle School, Mansfield, MA. http://www.neffa.org/

SPRING GULCH FOLK FESTIVAL
May 15-18, 2014. Spring Gulch Resort Campground, New Holland, PA. 717-354-3100. Performers: Beausoleil, Craig Bickhardt, Boxcars, Michael Braunfeld, Brother Sun, Antje Duvekot, Tom Chapin, Claire Lynch Band, Mary Gauthier, John Gorka, Grand Slambovians, Cassie & Maggie McDonald, Mustard’s Retreat, Spuyten Duyvil, Stray Birds, Nora Jane Struthers, Alexis P. Suter Band, Vinegar Creek Constituency. http://www.springgulch.com/folkfestival.cfm

GOTTAGETGON FOLK FESTIVAL
The GottaGetGon Folk Festival is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 23, 24, 25, 2014 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, NY. The Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin' (PSG) has produced this family friendly folk festival since 1970, and invites all folk music lovers to join us. This year the featured performers include Michael Jerome Browne from Canada, Molly Andrews from Virginia, The Murphy Beds from New York City, and Gina Forsyth from New Orleans. There's a sampler concert on Saturday morning, May 24, 1014. Lots of music on stage and off. http://pickingandsinging.org/web2011/index.html and http://pickingandsinging.org/web2011/GGG.html

STRAWBERRY PARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
May 29-31, 2014 at Strawberry Park Campground, Preston, CT. Performers (partial list): Claire Lynch Band, Greencards, Sierra Hull, Stray Birds. http://www.strawberrypark.net/

CLEARWATER FESTIVAL
The Great Hudson River Revival, June 21-22, 2014 at Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Performers (partial list): David Bromberg Big Band, Lake Street Dive, Bettye LaVette, Josh Rotter, Richard Thompson. For more information: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

34TH ANNUAL OLD SONGS FESTIVAL
June 27, 28 & 29, 2014 at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Performers: Peter & Mary Alice Amidon, Stefan Amidon. Annie & the Hedonists, Anita Best, Debra Cowan, Comas, Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo, De Temps Antan, Stuart Fuchs, Fourth Wall, Groovemama, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Long Time Courting, Matuto, Will Mentor, Nanne Kalma & Ankie van der Meer, Tim Mason & Regie O’Hare Gibson, Chris Newman & Maire NiChathasigh, Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette, Nor’easter, Panache Quartet, Ocean Quartet, Roger the Jester, John Roberts, Laura Sheehan, Sheesham & Lotus, Stray Birds, Swallowtail, Toby Stover, Jake Thomas, Vishten, George Wilson, Brooks Williams, Vanaver Caravan. For more information: http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/

CARAMOOR AMERICAN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Caramoor Center for the Arts, Katonah, NY. Performers: Roseanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischa & Michael Davis, Kim & Reggie Harris, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Joe Crookston & the Bluebird Junkies, Cricket Tell The Weather, Spuyten Duyvil, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/

NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 5-6, 2014, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, downtown New Bedford, MA. Performers (partial list): Ronny Cox, Cliff Eberhardt, Bob Franke, Spuyten Duyvil. http://www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL
July 25-27, 2014, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI. http://newportfolk.org/

LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
July 25-27, 2014, Downtown Lowell, MA. http://www.lowellfolkfestival.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 2-3 pm and dancing 3-6 pm. We offer a mini lesson on some aspect of waltz (or another popular dance style) during the band breaks. Dance admission is $12 (students with ID $5). Your ninth regular HCD dance admission is free with your HCD frequent dancer card. At the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. $12, $5 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 5:30-7:30 p.m. second Saturdays from September through July at the American Legion Post, 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.


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.
"Dancing on the Air", Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, second Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
"The Tao of Tao", Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, third Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 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/

WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1, Torrington, CT): Folk and roots show, Barrie Soucy, Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.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.
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.
Life is a Killer with Johnny Analog, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
75% Folk with Michael Benson, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 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 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This Southbound Train with Mary Barrett, 1st, 3rd, 5th Tuesday 10:30-11:30 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.
"Black Diamond Show", mostly bluegrass with Richard Gordon, Monday, Noon to 2:00 p.m. http://blackdiamondshow.blogspot.com/
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 105.3, 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/


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