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This web site features folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England.

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


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE

The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that presents folk music concerts 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.

The Sounding Board's web site is soundingboardcoffeehouse.org, which includes the concert schedule, ticket info, and video clips of upcoming performers at the Sounding Board.

Unless otherwise specified, 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
Please make reservations using the online form or by email. If you are web-averse, call 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone.
Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information.

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 is closed for the summer. Coming soon:

Mark Erelli

September 12, 2015: MARK ERELLI

Mark Erelli was finishing a graduate degree when his eponymous debut CD was released in 1999. Thousands of musical miles later, Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter.

Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” His musical journey has taken him from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.

Mark is also a frequent musical collaborator who has played on stage and made recordings with many performers, including appearing at the Grand Ole Opry with Allison Krauss. He also is part the bluegrass band Barnstar!, with Jake Armerding. Mark's newest CD, "Milltowns," is a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

September 19, 2015: BILL STAINES

After touring and playing concerts for almost 50 years, you would think that singer-songwriter Bill Staines might consider slowing down. That's just not the case. Bill continues to perform about 175 shows a year, making him one of the most durable and beloved singers on today's folk circuit.

On stage, Bill is an engaging presence, encouraging the audience to sing along. He mixes traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people make for an entertaining blend of story and song.

Bill has 26 recordings to his credit and his songs have been performed by Peter. Paul & Mary, Makem & Clancy, and Jerry Jeff Walker to name a few. Nancy Griffith has said, "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off – carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew." $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Bill Staines

Brother Sun

The Levins

September 26, 2015: BROTHER SUN with THE LEVINS

Individually, Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Brother Sun fuses folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, in an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.

Brother Sun's self-titled debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. After four years of nationwide touring and performances marked by outstanding songwriting, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations, they have released Some Part of the Truth, a CD that goes a big step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians.

Opening for Brother Sun will be The Levins (pronounced LeVINNs) who offer harmony-driven acoustic music that is warm and uplifting without skating over the complexities of life. Their albums have garnered invitations to collaborate and perform nationally and in Amsterdam and England. Their most recent release, Trust, hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ charts and continues to connect on a universal level with a lighthearted depth and a celebration of our common humanity. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.

October 3, 2015: STACY PHILLIPS & PAUL HOWARD

Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard are an acoustic duo playing Americana and original music from jazz and originals to Caribbean and Hawaiian.

Called a "resophonic guitar virtuoso. . .stretching the stylistic limits of his instrument," by Dirty Linen magazine, Stacy has performed with top acoustic musicians over the world. He has three solo albums and is a featured artist on the Grammy award-winning album The Great Dobro Sessions. Stacy is also the author of more than 25 books and DVDs on various aspects of his chosen instruments.

Paul Howard is a Connecticut-born guitarist, singer and songwriter who has been working as a professional musician and teacher for all his adult life. He discovered acoustic music via the music of Jonathan Edwards and Dan Hicks. Since 1975, he has been a member of Last Fair Deal and solidified the progressive direction the band was beginning to take at that time. Paul is also a prolific author of music instruction books and videos. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Stacy Philips and Paul Howard

Dulcimer Folk Association

October 10, 2015: DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION

A benefit concert for The Sounding Board. Starting time is 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, The Dulcimer Folk Association is a group of folk musicians largely from Connecticut, with representation from Massachusetts and New York, who gather once a month at The Farmington Inn in Farmington, CT for informal music-making, playing traditional songs from early days in America and Europe, as well as contemporary folk songs.

Mountain and hammered dulcimers are the most common instruments played, although many other instruments also join in, including autoharp, bamboo pipe, flute, guitar, mandolin, psaltery, and recorders. $15 adults, $8 children 12 & under.

October 17, 2015: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON and FIVE IN THE CHAMBER

Goodnight Blue Moon, from New Haven, Connecticut, writes pop songs on folk instruments. By combining ‘60s vocal harmonies, traditional roots influences, and catchy orchestrated melodies, GNBM is what New England Americana sounds like. Having already shared the stage with folk heavyweights (Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Frank Fairfield), they play high energy and dynamic sets that get an entirely packed room dancing and singing along.

Five in the Chamber, also New Haven-based, plays rollicking bluegrass and old-time string band with a rocking edge. Brought together through a series of music festivals during the Summer of 2011, the band quickly galvanized and established itself as a staple in the area's emerging bluegrass scene. With tight arrangements, unique harmony vocals, and a shared passion for writing original music as well as studying and reinterpreting the bluegrass song book, Five in the Chamber brings a fresh and exciting twist to the bluegrass repertoire. The band released their debut album, Live in the Chamber, in Fall 2013 to rave reviews. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under

Goodnight Blue Moon

Five In The Chamber

John McCutcheon

October 24, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON

John McCutcheon is an American folk music legend, critically acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and master of the hammered dulcimer.

Well-known for his politically and socially conscious songs, critics have described John's music as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."

His latest album Joe Hill’s Last Will is a tribute to the union activist on the 100th anniversary of his death. (A track from the new CD is on the Sounding Board's web site at www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.)

John McCutcheon's concert last year was sold out. To avoid disappointment, advance tickets are highly recommended. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.

October 31, 2015: JEZ LOWE

With almost 20 albums and countless live performances around the world over the last 30 years, Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer and as a recognized musical ambassador for his native North East England.

Raised in the north of England, Jez draws much inspiration for his songwriting from the region's coal mining heritage. He was one of the principle songwriters in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads, contributing almost 50 songs to the production over three seasons on the air.

If you got a taste of Jez when he appeared at The Sounding Board with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher last spring, this is your chance to see him perform solo in a complete concert. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Jez Lowe

November 7, 2015: GRASS ROUTES

November 14, 2015: HERDMAN, HILLS & MANGSEN

November 21, 2015: ROOSEVELT DIME

November 28, 2015: CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER

January 9, 2016: CARAVAN OF THIEVES

January 23, 2016: JOE CROOKSTON

January 30, 2016: NANCY TUCKER

February 6, 2016: SUSIE BURKE & DAVID SURETTE

February 13, 2016: PORCH PARTY MAMAS

February 20, 2016: LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER & FRIENDS

February 27, 2016: BAY SPRING FOLK

March 5, 2016: ATWATER-DONNELLY

March 12, 2016: MICK & THE KIPPSTER

March 19, 2016: LAST FAIR DEAL

April 16, 2016: AMY GALLATIN with THE CADLEYS

April 23, 2016: STEVE GILLETTE & CINDY MANGSEN

May 21, 2016: THE PORTABLE FOLK FESTIVAL


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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.


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/
Sep. 12 - Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Oct. 10 - Brian Peters and Jeff Davis
Nov. 14 - To be announced
Dec. 12 - Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman
Jan. 16 - Fiesta del Norte
Feb. 13 - Notorious
Mar. 12 - John Kirk and Trish Miller
Apr. 9 - Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters
May 14 - To be announced

CHIRP
Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP), a series of free summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. 7:00 p.m. In case of rain call 203-431-2760 after 4:00 p.m. to confirm location. The series is co-sponsored by The Town of Ridgefield through the Parks & Recreation Dept., the Ridgefield Press, and Lexus of Greenwich, Lexus of Mt. Kisco & Greenwich Infiniti. Web: http://www.Chirpct.org/
Aug. 4 - Jimmy La Fave
Aug. 6 - Lunasa
Aug. 11 - Hot Club of Cowtown
Aug. 13 - Matt Andersen
Aug. 18 - The Revelers
Aug. 20 - Humming House
Aug. 25 - Sarah Potenza
Aug. 27 - Harpeth Rising
Sep. 1 - Pedrito Martinez

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/
Sep. 9 - Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 20 - Charlie Daniels Band, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 1 - Girls Guns and Glory, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 & Oct. 6 - Melissa Etheridge, 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/
Aug. 6 - Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGlynn, at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. 7:30 p.m. Email for reservations.

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/

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.
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/

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/
Aug. 7 - Open Mic - Robert C. Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 8 - Erica Wheeler
Aug. 14 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Jeff Przech (CD Release Show)
Aug. 22 - The Fixins
Aug. 29 - Atwater-Donnelly
Sep. 4 - Open Mic - Allison Giuliano, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 5 - Meredith Rose
Sep. 11 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 12 - Grass Routes
Sep. 19 - J P Jones & Friends
Sep. 26 - Antje Duvekot / Chuck Cannon & Ghosts of the American Road

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

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
Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. Web: http://www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org/
Sep. 12 - Mark Erelli
Sep. 19 - Bill Staines
Sep. 26 - Brother Sun (The Levins opening)
Oct. 3 - Stacy Phillips & Paul Howard
Oct. 10 - Dulcimer Folk Association
Oct. 17 - Goodnight Blue Moon and Five In The Chamber
Oct. 24 - John McCutcheon
Oct. 31 - Jez Lowe
Nov. 7 - Grass Routes
Nov. 14 - Herdman, Hills & Mangsen
Nov. 21 - Roosevelt Dime
Nov. 28 - Cricket Tell The Weather

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/

BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
http://www.41bridgestreet.com/
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: http://www.riverfolk.org/
Aug. 8 - Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 12 - Bohemian Quartet, 8 PM (concert preceded by 7:30 p.m. film on Romany music & culture)
Sep. 19 - The Fretless, 8 PM
Sep. 26 - The Bee Eaters, 8 PM
Oct. 3 - North Sea Gas, 8 PM
Oct. 10 - David Francey, 8 PM
Oct. 17 - Patrick Ball, 8 PM
Oct. 24 - Sugar Ray And The Bluetones, 8 PM
Oct. 31 - Dixie Diehards Jazz Band, 2 PM Matinee

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/

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

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/

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/

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


FOLK ARTISTS

ATWATER-DONNELLY: Aug. 5 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, North Kingstown Free Library, Outdoor Summer Concert, 100 Boone St., North Kingstown, RI. 6:30 p.m. Free to the public. 401-294-3306. In library if inclement weather. http://www.nklibrary.org/
Aug. 19 - Outdoor Concert, Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton, RI. 6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-635-8562. http://brownell-libraryri.org/
Aug. 29 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Aug. 30 - Island Terrace Lawn Concert Series, Island Terrace, 57 Long Point Road, Lakeville, MA. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free to the public. 508-947-0151 x210. Inside for residents only if rain. http://www.islandterrace.com/
Sep. 19 - Joe Davies Folk Festival, The Soule Homestead, 46 Soule St., Middleboro, MA. A-D plays 2:30 p.m. 508-947-6744 http://www.soulehomestead.org/
Sep. 19 - Not Just Another Coffeehouse, The Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main St., Sharon, MA. 7:00-9:00 p.m. http://www.notjustanothercoffeehouse.org/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS:
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/

GEOFF KAUFMAN:
http://geoffkaufman.com/

LAST FAIR DEAL: Aug. 10 - Concert on the River, 6 Main St. East Haddam, CT (On the lawn of Goodspeed Opera House). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free concert, bring your blanket & lawn chair. Concert will go indoors if it rains.
Sep. 6 - Haddam Neck Fair, Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, Haddam Neck, CT. All afternoon (3 acts). LFD plus Stacy Phillips-Paul Howard Duo and Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters.
Sep. 11 - Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Dr., Farmington, CT. 7:00 p.m. 860-677-8458. Food, beer & wine available.
http://www.lastfairdeal.com/

STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS: Aug. 25 - Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 29 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
http://www.stacyphillips.com/

PODUNK THROWBACKS: 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/

THE ROSENTHALS (Phil and Daniel): Aug. 4 - Postponed
Aug. 10 - Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT. 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium. 203-488-8000. http://evergreenwoods.com/
Aug. 11 - Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington, CT. 6:30 p.m. 860-673-6791. (This was postponed from August 4th. If it rains, the concert will be held in the Library.) http://farmingtonlibraries.org/
http://www.therosenthals.org/

SHOREGRASS: Aug. 13 - Town Green in Deep River, CT. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free.
Aug. 22-23 - At Camp Wightman's Bluegrass Festival & Homecoming in Griswold, CT. For details see http://www.welovecamp.org/camp-wightman-bluegrass-festival--homecoming.html
http://www.shoregrass.com/

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/


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

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/


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
Aug. 8 - HCD-Contra Dance at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT with Gotham Gals and caller Jim Gregory. 7:15–7:30 New-dancer lesson; 7:30–10:00 Dancing. (NOTE NEW SCHEDULE.) Adults: $12; 65+: $10; Students: $5. Please bring clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes to change into. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. Questions: call 1-888-423-0423; email conntras@yahoo.com. Info at 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.
"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 5:05-8:00 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.

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