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

This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.


FOLK MUSIC IN THE AREA

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. 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. For more information and tickets: http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/
Sep. 13 - Mad Agnes
Sep. 27 - Moonfruits

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. 14 - Vox Hunters
Oct. 12 - Sarah McQuaid
Nov. 9 - Archie Fisher
Dec. 14 - Low Lily
Jan. 11, 2020 - Molsky's Mountain Drifters

CHIRP
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 Thursday June 13 - Thursday 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. 14 - Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor, 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

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/
June 23 - Phoebe Legere & Washboard Slim / Lys Guillorn
June 30 - Erin McKeown
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 PRODUCTIONS
GuitartownCT at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/
July 27 - The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 16 - Todd Phillips, David Grier and Matt Flinner, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 20 - John Reischman and the Jaybirds, 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 jamfrancais@yahoo.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/

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 - Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up

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/
(No shows in July.)

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

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@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

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:
http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/

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: nypinewood@aol.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
June 29 - Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters with guest Monica Rizzio, 7:30 p.m.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

FOLK PHONE
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913


FOLK ARTISTS

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

LARRY KAPLAN
Aug. 9 - Sail, Power, Steam Museum, and Rockland Arts, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland, Maine. 7:30 p.m.
http://www.larrykaplanmusic.com/

PHIL ROSENTHAL
June 21 - "The Monthly Scene with Phil Rosenthal", noon to 1:30 p.m. Internet radio on http://icrvradio.com/
July 10 - Phil Rosenthal family concert, New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm St., New Haven CT. 3:00 p.m. 203-946-8130. http://nhfpl.org/
July 11 - Frog Hollow, Madison Beach Hotel, 94 W. Wharf Rd., Madison, CT. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. 203-245-1404.
July 24 - The Elm City Ramblers - beach concert, Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven, CT. 6:30 p.m. 203-468-3890. https://www.hagamanlibrary.org/ On the East Haven Town Beach, but if it's raining, it will be in the Hagaman Library.
Aug. 6 - The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band with guest Dan Tressler, The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport, CT. 203-226-7600.
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.
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

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.


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

CLEARWATER'S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL
June 15 and 16, 2019, at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9:00 a.m Features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters' Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Web:
http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 22, 2019 at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, PO Box 816, Katonah, NY. Web:
https://www.caramoor.org/events/american-roots-music-festival-2019/

OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND DANCE
June 28, 29 and 30, 2019 at Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and regional music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three concerts there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances. Performers: Emma's Revolution, Bill Staines, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, John McCutcheon, Mary Flower, Bruce Molsky, Archie Fisher, Tommy Sands, Rob van Sante & John Connolly, Beppe Gambetta, The Vox Hunters, Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy, Poor Man's Gambit, Bon Débarras, Musique à bouches, Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen, Lil Rev, Charm City Junction & Footworks, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Mulebone, Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne, Fennig's All Stars, Heather Wood, Clare Horgan & Matt Diaz, John Roberts, Magpie, Tui (Jake Blount & Libby Weitnauer), Bill Destler & Rebecca Johnson, Pete's Posse, Deb Cowan, Bill Jones, Janine Smith, Ron Blechner, Stefan Amidon, Ron Gordon, John Dickson, Jake Thomas, The Great Groove Band, & Roger the Jester. Web:
http://festival.oldsongs.org/

NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 6-7, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The lineup of performers includes: Beaucoup Blue, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Bon Débarras, Bourque Emissaires, Bua, Gerry Colvin Trio, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Guy Davis, Kevin Doyle, Seth Glier, Raymond Gonzalez, Livio Guardi, Anne Hills, David Jacobs-Strain, Bill Jones, Diana Jones, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Zoe Lewis, Radoslav Lorkovic, Low Lily, Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane, Pamela Means, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Nields, Chris Pahud, Dan Plews, Sol y Canto with Alisa Amador, Chris Smither, Liz Stringer, Art Tebbetts, Matt Watroba, Susan Werner, Don White and Dar Williams. All performers are subject to change. For more information see the website:
http://newbedfordfolkfestival.com/

FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Aug. 2-4, 2019 at Dodds Farm, 44 County Road 7D, Hillsdale, NY. Web:
https://falconridgefolk.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 bluegrassfestival@yahoo.com, or at the door. Children under 12 free. Event will be held rain or shine.


FOLK DANCING

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 (jmazza@snet.net). 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 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 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.


FOLK MUSIC ON THE RADIO

"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.
http://wamc.org/

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.
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)
"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.
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)
"Folk Revival" with Nick Noble, Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.wicn.org/

WKNH (91.3 FM, Keene, NH)
"Mostly Bluegrass", Rob Mayo, Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m.
http://www.wknh.org/

WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY)
"New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-10:00 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. 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.
"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/

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
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
http://wwuh.org/


This web site is maintained by Brent Hall. Submissions are welcomed.