This web site features folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.
SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 7:30 p.m. Web: http://www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org/
Jan. 5 - Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble (Evening concert & afternoon fiddle workshop)
Jan. 19 - Nerissa & Katryna Nields
Feb. 2 - Banjo Nickaru & The Western Scootches
Feb. 16 - Connecticut Troubadours in concert, with Kate Callahan, Kristen Graves & Hugh Blumenfeld
Mar. 2 - Joe Jencks
Mar. 16 - Daymark
Mar. 30 - Uke U (all-day ukulele workshop & evening concert)
Apr. 27 - RPR
May 11 - Ernest Troost
May 18 - Portable Folk Festival
Sounding Board Too
Concerts in cooperation with Winding Trails Inc. These events will take place at The Lodge at Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT. Open jam/song swap at 2:00 p.m., concert at 3:00 p.m.
Mar. 10 - Naming The Twins
Mar. 24 - Carolann Solebello
Apr. 14 - Gathering Time
MEETING HOUSE PRESENTS CONCERT SERIES
All concerts held at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT, in cooperation with the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. For more information and tickets: http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/
Dec. 28 - Ellen Iovino and Sarah Harmon McKenzie
Jan. 18 - Hubby Jenkins
Feb. 22 - Citizen U
BRANFORD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Jan. 12 - Josée Vachon
Feb. 16 - James Keelaghan
Mar. 9 - Joel Mabus
Apr. 13 - Battle of the Sexes in Harmony
May 11 - Too Blue
St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 4:00 p.m. Information and tickets: http://www.acousticcelebration.org/
Apr. 28 - Martyn Joseph
Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. For more information call 203-227-7205 x14. Web: https://voicescafe.org/
Jan. 26 - Tracey Grammer & Jim Henry
Mar. 9 - Jesse Terry
Apr. 13 - "Deeper Than The Skin", Greg Greenway & Reggie Harris
May 11 - Emma's Revolution
June 8 - Pat Wictor & Deborah Latz
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.
Jan. 4 - Too Blue
Feb. 1 - CT Artist Showcase featuring Kristen Graves and Glenn Roth
EAST ROCK CONCERT SERIES
All shows are at 7:00 (doors at 6:30) on either Saturday or Sunday, at 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT. Web: https://www.mactivity.com/events-calendar also https://www.fernandopintopresents.com/
Dec. 15 - The Nields
Dec. 23 - Hiroya Tsukamoto / Glenn Roth
Jan. 12 - The Bluegrass Characters
Jan. 20 - The Slocan Ramblers
Jan. 27 - The LYNNeS
Feb. 3 - Lucy Kaplansky
Feb. 17 - Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Feb. 24 - The Kennedys / Anne Marie Menta
Mar. 2 - Robbie Fulks
Mar. 10 - The Sultans of String
Mar. 31 - Jim Kweskin & Samoa Wilson
Apr. 6 - Tom Paxton and The Don Juans
Apr. 7 - Brooks Williams
Apr. 20 - Nu Blu
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room 106, Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. No singing in late December, when Yale is closed. All are welcome. For more information: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/
GuitartownCT at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/
Jan. 5 - Mark Kilianski & Nate Sabat, 7:30 p.m. Opening: Kat Wallace & David Sasso
Feb. 9 - Mile Twelve
Apr. 12 - Dale Ann Bradley & Jim Hurst
FRENCH FOLK MUSIC JAM
Jam Francais at City Sports Grille, 177 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT. Preserving French Canadian culture, music, songs, and more. All acoustic instruments and all skill levels welcome. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information contact email@example.com
CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/
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 see http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
Jan. 18 - Geoff Kaufman and Reggie Harris
Feb. 22 - For Pete's Sake - Annual Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
Mar. 15 - Tom Chapin
Apr. 22 - The Kennedys
May 10 - Nancy Parent
THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
Dec. 28 - Anne Marie Menta Band, 8:00 p.m.
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. Show times are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Dec. 15 - Krista Goodrich
Dec. 21 - Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 22 - Atwater-Donnelly
Jan. 12 - Kerri Powers
Jan. 18 - Sing: Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 19 - Howie Bursen
Jan. 26 - The Wade-Elliott Band
Feb. 1 - Open Mic - Feature Emerald Rae
Feb. 2 - Podunk Throwbacks
Feb. 9 - Vance Gilbert
OPEN MIC IN COVENTRY
Open Mike on the fourth Thursday of each month, at the Song-a-Day Music Center, 2809 Boston Tpk (Rt. 44), Coventry, CT. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Knights outreach programs. Refreshments available. All type of music, spoken word welcome. RJ (Ruth & Jim) are your hosts. Ruth O'Neil & Jim Hammitt, Song-a-Day Music Center, 860-742-6878, email@example.com
NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.northwestpark.org/ for links to our performing artists. Tickets are available online or by calling the nature center at 860-285-1886 or at the door the night of the performance.
Jan. 5 - Bus13
Jan. 19 - Betty and the Baby Boomers
Feb. 2 - Grass Routes
Mar. 2 - Hot Club of New England, with special guest Matt Dechamplain
Mar. 16 - Dierdre Flint
Mar. 30 - Dirt Road Sweatheart, featuring Nora Jane and Alan Struthers
Apr. 13 - Michelle Wiley Group
Apr. 27 - Porch Party Mamas
May 4 - Gil Gutierrez Strings
MEETING HOUSE SING-ALONG
Meeting House Sing-Along, usually second Saturday of each month, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave., Hartford, CT. For more information contact Ed Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
Traditional Irish Music Jam Session every Wednesday night, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at McKinnon's Irish Pub, 114 Asylum St., Hartford, CT. No charge. All Celtic players, singers and dancers invited. Weekly special guests. 860-524-8174
CENTRAL CT ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS SOCIETY
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/ccamswebsite/
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.roaringbrook.org/concerts/concerts.html
Jan. 19 - Bill Staines
Jan. 26 - Frank Vignola Hot Trio
Feb. 16 - David Mallett with Mike Burd
Feb. 23 - The Kenn Morr Band
Mar. 9 - Edward Gerhard
DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT
An informal monthly gathering of local folk musicians, including but not limited to players of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, bamboo pipe, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, recorder and others. Varying skill levels, all invited. Meets at 2:00-5:00 p.m. first Saturdays of the month at The Farmington Inn, Route 4, Farmington, CT (I-84 exit 39, Route 4 West). Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/
WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m. Email: email@example.com Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Jan. 13 - Guy Davis
Jan. 27 - The Reunion Band
Feb. 10 - Troy MacGillivray & Andrea Beaton
Feb. 24 - Lissa Schneckenburger & Bethany Waickman
Mar. 10 - Joel Mabus
Mar. 24 - William Jackson
Apr. 7 - Bill Staines
PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center jointly sponsor a Song and Story Swap on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August), 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA. Open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted. People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome. For more information contact Paul Kaplan, 413-687-5002. Web:
MONTHLY FOLK JAM
The first Friday of each month at 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at St. James Church, at the intersection of Rte. 116 and June Rd., North Salem, NY. All acoustic folk round robin jam. For more information call Marcia and Gary Jones at 203-438-5204.
NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
Dec. 15 - Toby Tobias: "Journey from Johannesburg"; Rupert Wates: "The Lights of Paris"
Dec. 22 - Thelma Thomas Tribute Night
Dec. 29 - (Closed)
Jan. 5 - Lonnie Harrington; Tom DeRosa
Jan. 12 - Carlos Rosello; Fred Arcoleo & Friends
Jan. 19 - 6G Night: 3 Guys & 3 Guitars: Tom Smith, Gary Allard, Joshua Garcia
Jan. 25 - People's Music Network Winter Concert: Francisco Herrera, MacDougal Street Rent Party, Brooklyn Women's Chorus, Raymond Nat Turner, Jeremy Aaron, Lindsey Wilson, Dilson Hernandez, The Filthy Rotten System. 7:30-10:30 p.m. https://peoplesmusic.org/Winter-Gathering
Feb. 2 - Pamela Jean Agaloos; Twa Corbies
Feb. 9 - Rod MacDonald; Joe Jencks
Feb. 16 - Cole Quest & the City Pickers; Piedmont Bluz
Feb. 23 - Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine; Robin Greenstein
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Jan. 19 - Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 - Kenny White, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 30 - Dom Flemons, 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 27 - Amber Rubarth, 7:30 p.m.
May 18 - B, 7:30 p.m.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington, NY.
Feb. 2 - Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, 8:00 p.m.
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913
Dec. 22 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 7:30 p.m. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Dec. 23 - Church Service/Special Holiday Concert, Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad Street, Cranston, RI. Free to the public. 10:00 a.m. 401-461-1344. http://www.edgewoodchurchri.org/
Feb. 9 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Old Sloop Coffeehouse, First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St., Rockport, MA. Opening act: Emerald Rae. 7:30 p.m. 978-309-9667. Email: email@example.com. Web: https://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldsloopcoffeehouse
Feb. 16 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI. 7:30 p.m. BYOB and picnic if you wish. 401-816-5600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.sandywoodsmusic.com/
Feb 23 - Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport, RI. 2:00-3:15 p.m. Free to the public. 401-847-8720. http://www.newportlibraryri.org/
Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.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.
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
THE HALF DOOR PUB
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. Web: http://www.thehalfdoor.com/
Dec. 16 - Cornfed Dogs, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Jan. 13 - Tex's Troubadours
Feb. 17 - The Nite Caps
Mar. 10 - The Cornfed Dogs
Apr. 14 - Audrey Mae
May 12 - Last Fair Deal
June 9 - The Cornfed Dogs
CHRISTMAS IN NEW ENGLAND
Dec. 15 - A seasonal blend of traditional, contemporary, and original Christmas tunes with tunesmith Rick Lang, vocalists Amy Gallatin and Karen Lincoln Wilber along with Dave Dick, Roger Williams, Ken Taylor, and husband and wife duo Krissy and Bob Dick. 7:30 p.m. For details see http://www.christmasinnewengland.net/
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
Traditional New England contra dances held on the 4th Saturday of the month (except February, May, August, and December) at First Congregational Church of Stamford, 1 Walton Place, Stamford CT located in the heart of downtown Stamford between Bedford and Prospect Streets. Suggested donation is $15 - 25 (minimum $12). All dances are 7:30-10:30 p.m. unless otherwise specified, with basics for beginners at 7:15. Partners are not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890, or email Carol Mazza (email@example.com). http://www.roundhill.net/
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
Contra Dances on the first 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/
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN HAMDEN
Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 at the Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Contact Leslie 203-281-6591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN MIDDLETOWN
Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT. Beginners are welcome for lessons and Dance. Soft soled shoes. Contact Lucile at 860-347-0278, or Joyce at 203-238-0694.
Mostly Waltz features waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances like blues, swing, tango, and polka. Except as noted, our events are typically the first Sunday of the month, with beginner lesson 2:30-3:00 pm and dancing 3:00-6:00 pm. At Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. $13, $6 students with ID. For more information: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM SESSION AND CONTRA DANCE
Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 5:30-7:15 p.m. second Saturdays at Griffith Dance Academy (formerly the American Legion Hall), 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT. The jams provide an opportunity for new and experienced musicians to learn, play, and enjoy the contra dance repertoire. Players of all instruments are welcome. The jam is most appropriate for "intermediate" skill levels. The jam session is followed by an introduction to contra dancing at 7:30 and a contra dance until 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Rob at 860-232-2504. Web: http://www.hcdance.org/
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Dance to the world's music every Sunday, at Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. No partner or experience needed. Warm-up and beginner instruction 7:00-8:00 p.m., general dancing until 10:00 p.m. Clean-soled, danceable shoes, please. Requested donation is $8 (party and workshop nights $12). For more information: http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/ or call 860-521-6440.
"The Monthly Scene With Phil Rosenthal"
Phil Rosenthal's radio show is on http://icrvradio.com/ every Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m. The program is live the third Friday of the month (and that third weekend, it gets repeated 8:00 p.m. Friday, 11:00 a.m. Sunday and noon that Monday) - but it's on other Fridays as well (repeats of older broadcasts).
Internet radio: http://www.folkalley.com/ streaming folk music hosted by WKSU-FM at Kent State University in Ohio.
WAMC (90.3 FM, Albany, NY)
"Mountain Stage", Monday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
"Hudson River Sampler", Wanda Fischer, Saturday 8:00-10:30 p.m.
"Thistle & Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Sunday 7:00-8:00 p.m.
WCNI (90.9 FM, New London, CT)
Alternating weeks: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Open to Suggestion..." with Bridgett Ellis, Sunday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
WCUW (91.3 FM, Worcester, MA)
"In the Tradition", Monday-Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m.
"The Four Green Fields" (Irish), Saturday 10:00 a.m.-noon.
"Music of Scotia" (Scotland), Saturday 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
WESU (88.1 FM, Middletown, CT)
75% Folk with Michael Benson, Monday 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Unfocused Folk with Chip Austin, 2nd & 4th Monday of the month, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Acoustic Blender with Bill Revill, Tuesday 5:05-8:00 p.m.
The Celtic Cafe with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT)
"Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email: email@example.com
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA)
"Folk Revival" with Nick Noble, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.
WKNH (91.3 FM, Keene, NH)
"Mostly Bluegrass", Rob Mayo, Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY)
"New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT)
"Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
WNHU (88.7 FM, West Haven, CT)
"The Folk Show", Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with John Mazza. firstname.lastname@example.org
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.
WSHU (91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT) and WSUF (89.9 FM, Noyack/Greenport, NY)
"Profiles in Folk", Steve Winters, Friday 10:00 p.m.-midnight.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.
WTCC (90.7 FM, Springfield, MA)
"Country Corner", Dave Helman, Saturday 1:00-3:00 p.m. Vintage Country and Bluegrass. Email: email@example.com.
WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA)
WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT)
(Also carried by WAPJ in Torrington 89.9 and 105.1, WDJW in Somers 89.7, and WWEB Wallingford 89.9)
"FM On Toast", Sunday-Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"Watch This Space", Susan Forbes Hansen, Friday 6:00-9:00 a.m.
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.