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/
Sep. 7 - Low Lily
Sep. 14 - John McCutcheon
Sep. 21 - Joe Crookston
Oct. 5 - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Oct. 19 - Molsky's Mountain Drifters
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. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets: http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/
Sep. 13 - Mad Agnes
Sep. 27 - Moonfruits
Nov. 1 - Annie Sumi
Nov. 22 - Louise Mosrie
Dec. 27 - Hartford Hot Several Brass Band
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/
Sep. 14 - Vox Hunters
Oct. 12 - Sarah McQuaid
Nov. 9 - Archie Fisher
Dec. 14 - Low Lily
Jan. 11, 2020 - Molsky's Mountain Drifters
Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP) is a series of free Tuesday and Thursday night summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. Concerts are Tuesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day and Thursdays through Aug. 29. For more information: http://www.Chirpct.org/
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/
Aug. 20 - Rufus Wainwright, opening act The Rails, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 21 - The Bacon Brothers, opening act Kirsten Maxwell, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 24 - Graham Nash, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 5 - Loudon Wainwright III, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 - America: 50th Anniversary Tour, opening act Jeff LeBlanc, 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 - Gordon Lightfoot: 80 Years Strong Tour, 8:00 p.m.
GOOD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Rowayton Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St., Rowayton, CT. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., music starts at 4:00 p.m. Web: http://www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com/
Sep. 29 - Pete & Maura Kennedy
SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-257-8737 or email: email@example.com Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
Aug. 29 - John Doyle & Mick McAuley, at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT. 7:30 p.m.
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/
Sep. 22 - Cheryl Wheeler
Sep. 29 - John Gorka
Oct. 6 - North Sea Gas
Oct. 13 - Peter Mulvey / Joe Jencks
Oct. 20 - Roy Book Binder
Oct. 27 - Lucy Kaplansky
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/
Sep. 20 - John Reischman and the Jaybirds, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8 - Joe Walsh & Grant Gordy, 7:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
At Temple Emanu-El, 29 Dayton Rd., Waterford, CT (while All Souls is under renovation). Note that these concerts are on Saturdays. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets see http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
Sep. 14 - Plywood Cowboy with Steve Dedham
Oct. 5 - Joe Jencks
Nov. 9 - Dave Mallett
Dec. 14 - The Vox Hunters
Jan. 11 - Geoff Kaufman and Claudia Schmidt (double bill)
ROBBIE COLLOMORE CONCERT SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-8403. Web: http://collomoreconcerts.org/
Sep. 22 - Ansonia String Quartet (classical)
Oct. 13 - Hubby Jenkins (jazz & blues)
Nov. 3 - John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (bluegrass)
Nov. 24 - Carter Brey & Benjamin Pasternack (cello & piano)
THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
Aug. 24 - Mary Ellen Longergan Jazz Trio, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 13 - Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 14 - Don Sineti with Steve Roys: "Whales and Blubber" concert, 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/
Sep. 6 - Open Mic - Gracie Day
Sep. 7 - Delta Generators
Sep. 8 - Straight Up Jazz Trio
Sep. 14 - Atwater~Donnelly
Sep. 20 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 4 - Open Mic - Ch'Chunk
Oct. 5 - Roy Book Binder
Oct. 12 - Don White
Oct. 18 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
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/
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/
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913
Aug. 20 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Watch Hill Sunset Concert Series, Watch Hill Green, 10 Bay Street, Watch Hill, RI. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-506-7506 / 207-2515. Email: email@example.com. Web: https://www.facebook.com/Watch-Hill-Sunset-Concerts-377039119171375/
Aug. 21 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Warren Summer Concert Series, Warren Band Shell, Burr's Hill Park, Warren, RI. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-824-4623. Web: https://www.townofwarren-ri.gov/town_government/departments/parks_and_recreation/index.php
Aug. 24-30 - TradMaD Camp, Plymouth, MA. Web: http://www.tradmadcamp.org/
Sep. 11 - The Gladys E. Kelly Library, 2 Lake St., Webster, MA. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free to the public. 508-949-3880. Web: https://www.gladyskellylibrary.org/
Sep. 14 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 7:30 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Sep. 15 - Joe Davies Music Festival, The Soule Homestead, 46 Soule St., Middleboro, MA. A-D plays 2:30 p.m. 508-947-6744. Web: http://www.soulehomestead.com/
Oct. 5 - Lakeville Arts and Music Festival, Center Stage, 4 Precinct St., Lakeville, MA. 1:45-3:45 p.m. Free to the public. Email: Lakeville.Arts.Council@hotmail.com. Web: https://lakevilleartscouncilma.org/
Oct. 10 - Concert aboard The Friendship, Derby Wharf, Salem, MA. 978-740-1650. Web:
Oct. 18 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Supper and Concert, St. Martin's Church, 50 East Orchard Ave., Providence, RI. 6:00-8:30 p.m. 401-751-2141. Web: https://stmartinsprov.org/
Oct. 19 - Glocester Scarecrow Festival, Pavilion Kent Field, 1111 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI. AD plays 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free to the public. Web: https://www.glocesterscarecrowfestival.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1618932114894778/
Oct. 20 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Bread Box Folk Series, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. 4:00 p.m. 860-429-4220. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://breadboxfolk.org/
Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
Aug. 24 - St. John's 2nd Annual Bluegrass Festival, with Phil Rosenthal, Dudley Farm String Band, Breakwater Light, Amber Anchor, and Picnic on the 4th of July, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Rd., Guilford, CT. 3:00 p.m.
Aug. 31 - Fish Farm Family Festival, 20 Dimock Lane, Bolton, CT. 860-646-9745. Animals, hayrides, games, and live bluegrass. Great family event. Phil plays 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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
Aug. 23 through Aug. 25 - Annual bluegrass weekend, at Camp Wightman, 207 Coal Pit Road, Griswold, CT. It will be a music-filled weekend in Camp Wightman's beautiful wooded lakeside setting. This year's workshop musicians: Roger Sprung (Banjo), Emily Eastwick (Autoharp & Bass), Kevin Fennessey (Clogging), Richie Hawthorne (Bass), Bill Jones (Guitar), Paul Pozzi (Mandolin), Barbara Shaw (Fiddle & Guitar), Frank Shaw (Banjo). For registration and details please visit https://sprungfest.com/
SECOND ANNUAL SAINT JOHN'S BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Aug. 24, 2019 - The Second Annual Bluegrass Festival will take place on Historic Meetinghouse Hill on the grounds of Saint John's Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Road, North Guilford, CT. 3:00 p.m. All lovers of bluegrass music are invited to join us for an incredible evening of local bluegrass bands including Phil Rosenthal, the Dudley Farm String Band, Amber Anchor, Picnic on the 4th of July, and Breakwater Light. Join us for bluegrass music and a fun family event. Bring a chair and a picnic supper if you wish and settle in and enjoy a unique afternoon and evening of song. Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-johns-2nd-annual-bluegrass-festival-tickets-62919143853?ref=eios or by emailing email@example.com, or at the door. Children under 12 free. Event will be held rain or shine.
Aug. 24-30, 2019 at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA.
THE 2019 CT FOLK FESTIVAL & GREEN EXPO
Sep. 7, 2019 at Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT. http://ctfolk.com/
ANNUAL SCOTLAND HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
Oct. 13, 2019 at 96 Waldo Road, Scotland, CT.
There are many more dance listings than are included here.
Also look at http://www.contradancelinks.com/schedule.html
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). http://www.roundhill.net/
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
Contra Dances on the first Saturday throughout the year, at the New Haven Friends Meeting House, 225 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT. Beginner's lesson at 7:15 p.m., dance 7:30-10:30 p.m. Wear clean soft-soled comfortable shoes. Admission $12.00. Call 203-776-1812 for more information. Web: https://newhavencontra.org/
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 email@example.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 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 Fridays: "River Road" (a mix of folk and Americana) with Helen Jankoski, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Alternating Sundays: "Traditions" with Art Dean, and "Home on the Eclectic Range" with Bridgett Ellis, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
"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 7:00-10:00 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 8:00-10:00 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. email@example.com
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.