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. 9 - Bill Staines
Sep. 23 - Roy Zimmerman
Oct. 7 - Jez Lowe
Oct. 21 - To be announced
Nov. 4 - Ed Trickett
Nov. 18 - John McCutcheon
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. 9 - North Sea Gas
Oct. 14 - Joel Mabus
Nov. 11 - Bob Zentz
Dec. 9 - Rosa Tatuata-Celebration of Sicily
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/
July 16 - Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, 8:00 p.m.
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/
Aug. 4 - The Honey Dewdrops, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 15 - Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 - Missy Raines & The New Hip, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 - Tim O'Brien, 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 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/
ROBBIE COLLOMORE MUSIC SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 860-526-5162. Web: http://www.collomoreconcerts.org/
Sep. 24 - Claremont Trio (piano trio)
Oct. 15 - Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro (guitar and bandoneon)
Nov. 5 - Curtis Brothers Quartet with Ray Vega (Latin jazz)
Nov. 26 - Ranky Tanky (American roots gospel music)
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 - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
June 30 - Kerri Powers, 8:00 p.m.
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN MIDDLETOWN, CT
Come to sing the harmonies that form the basis of the "high lonesome sound" of Bluegrass and Southern Mountain ballads. Voices only, no instruments. Loaner books provided. More information at http://www.fasola.org/
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
No shows in July
Aug. 12 - Instant Treeline
Aug. 18 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 19 - Brooks Williams
Aug. 26 - Kerri Powers
Sep. 1 - Open Mic - Andrea Paquin, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 2 - Atwater-Donnelly
Sep. 9 - Kala Farnham
Sep. 15 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 16 - Larry Kaplan
Sep. 23 - New American Mandolin Ensemble
Sep. 29 - Peter Mulvey
Sep. 30 - Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt
Oct. 6 - Open Mic - Bergin O'Malley, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Aine Minogue
Oct. 14 - Tony Memmel
Oct. 20 - SING: The Quiet Corner Song Swap, 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 21 - Don White
Oct. 28 - Pamela Means & Buddy Mondlock
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
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/
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 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.
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: email@example.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
COMMON GROUND'S FRONT PORCH JAMBOREE
Common Ground's Front Porch Jamboree & Potluck Picnic, July 30, 2017 at 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, featuring live music by Abbie Gardner, David Massengill, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival House Band (Radoslav Lorkovic, Eric Lee and Mark Dann), as well as Letitia VanSant and Emily Mure. Web: http://commongroundfusw.com/
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913
July 5 - Summer Reading Program Concert, Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St., Sandwich, MA. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free to the public. 508-888-0625 x305. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.sandwichpubliclibrary.com/
July 12 - Gazebo Concert, Main St., Hope, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-647-3366 or 447-4005. Cancelled or postponed if rain.
July 13 - Pirate Days Wrap-Up Event, Island Free Library lawn, Dodge St., Block Island, RI. 5:00 p.m. concert. Free to the public. 401-466-3233. Web: http://www.islandfreelibrary.org/
July 19 - Outdoor Summer Concert Series, Chepachet Union Church lawn, 1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-568-6206 x224. If rain, inside church or rescheduled.
July 23 - With the Vox Hunters, Warren Summer Concert Series, Warren Band Shell, Burr's Hill Park, Warren, RI. 5:00-7:30 p.m. Free to the public. Email: email@example.com. Rain date July 24.
July 26 - Outdoor Summer Concert Series, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Ave., Seekonk, MA. 7:00-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. 508-336-8230 ext. 5132. Rain date: July 27. Web: http://www.seekonkpl.org/
July 29 - Fundraiser for the Westminster Unitarian Church, Smith Hall in Parish House, 119 Kenyon Ave., East Greenwich, RI. 7:00 p.m. 401-884-5933. Web: http://www.westminsteruu.org/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 2 - Summer Concert Series, Pawtuxet Village, Warwick, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. Web: http://www.warwickri.gov/parks-and-recreation/news/2017-summer-concert-series 401-738-2019 x3. Email: email@example.com
Aug. 9 - Music at Sunset, Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. Performance 6:00-8:00 p.m. 401-253-2707. Web: http://www.blithewold.org/
Aug. 18 - Music on the Veranda, 405 County St., New Bedford, MA. 6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 508-996-3343 x38 or 401-241-4407. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.thewomenscentersc.com/
August 23 - Gazebo Concert, Route 116, N. Scituate, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-647-3366 or 447-4005. Cancelled or postponed if rain.
July 21 - Aztec Two-Step celebrate the release of their new album "Naked", at Infinity Hall Norfolk, 20 Greenwoods Rd. W, Norfolk, CT. 8:00 p.m. Tickets: http://www.infinityhall.com/Venues/Infinity-Norfolk/ or call 866-666-6306 for additional information.
TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN & THE BAND
July 7 - Tribute to Bob Dylan & THE BAND featuring The THE BAND Band, at TCAN The Center for the Arts in Natick, 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA. 8:00 p.m. For more information: http://www.natickarts.org/ or call 508-647-0097.
Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
July 13 - Concert, Thursdays on the Dock, Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT. 5:30 p.m. 860-767-8269. http://www.ctrivermuseum.org/
Aug. 1-3 - Sweet Chariot Festival, Swan's Island, Maine. http://sweetchariotmusicfestival.com/
Aug. 12 - Port Gamble Maritime Festival, Port Gamble, Washington. http://portgamblemaritimemusic.com/
Aug. 13 - Songwriting Workshop, Dusty Strings Music School. Phone for details: 866-634-1656. http://manufacturing.dustystrings.com/
Sep. 16 - Concert, The Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Oct. 7 - Concert, Sail, Power, and Steam Museum, Mechanic St., Rockland, Maine. 7:30 p.m. 207-701-7627. http://sailpowersteammuseum.org/index.html
LAST FAIR DEAL
June 29 - Sturbridge Town Common, 301 Main St., Sturbridge, MA. 6:00-8:00 p.m. 508-347-2041. Free. Web: http://cmschamber.ning.com/events
July 2 - The Cove Banquet Facility and Tavern, on Lake Congamond, 90 Point Grove Road, Southwick, MA. 3:30-7:00 p.m. 413-569-2171. Info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecoveandtavern/about/
July 5 - (Rain date: July 6) Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT. 7:00-8:00 p.m. Web: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house/
Aug. 2 - (Rain date: Aug. 3) Concert on the Litchfield Green, Rt. 202 & 63, Litchfield, CT. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 860-567-7569. Free show, bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Web: http://townoflitchfield.org/
Aug. 5 - Daryl's House Club "Bluegrass Brunch", 130 Route 22, Pawling, NY. 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. 845-289-0185. Free show. Web: http://www.darylshouseclub.com/
Aug. 16 - Brodie Park, 580 West Hill Road, New Hartford, CT. 6:30 p.m. Free show.
STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
June 27 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 to 9:45 p.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.
Live from the Barn: Tuesday Saints is hosting a series of concerts this summer, joined by some of our favorite touring and recording artists, at the Barn, 18 Bates Road, Chaplin, CT. 860-933-6644.
July 22 - The Meadows Brothers
Aug. 26 - Eric Michael Lichter Music, James Maple, and Brian Dolzani
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
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. Web:
July 9 - Mile Twelve
Aug. 6 - Cornfed Dogs
Aug. 20 - Too Blue
NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 8-9, 2017 in New Bedford, MA. http://newbedfordfolkfestival.com/
WOODY GUTHRIE FOLK FESTIVAL
July 12-16, 2017 in Okemah, Oklahoma. http://www.woodyfest.com/
LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
July 28-30, 2017 in downtown Lowell, MA. http://lowellfolkfestival.org/
FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
Aug. 4-6, 2017 at Dodds Farm, just off Route 22 north of Hillsdale, NY. Performers booked so far include Eric Andersen, Sawyer Fredericks, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Tempest, the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Brother Sun, Rod MacDonald, David Massengill, Abbie Gardner, Joe Crookston, Great Bear, Buddy System, The Gaslight Tinkers, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Vishten, Adam Ezra Group, Hoopoe the Clowne, and The Storycrafters. Many more to come, please check the web site for updates. https://falconridgefolk.com/
THIRD ANNUAL TRADMAD CAMP
At Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts, Aug. 26 to Sep. 1, 2017. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tradmadcamp/
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 fourth Saturday of most months (except February and August) at the Stone House at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road, Stamford, CT. 7:30-10:30 p.m. with basics for beginners at 7:15. 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/
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 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/
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE
July 8 - HCD-Contra Dance at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT with Fifers Delight and caller Rich Sbardella. 7:15-7:30 New-dancer lesson; 7:30-10:30 Dancing. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Jammers play from 5:45-7:15. 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 weekly radio show on http://icrvradio.com/ every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He does a new live version the third Sunday of the month, but every other Sunday he rebroadcasts a past show. He plays music live, and some from recordings.
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)
"The Contemporary Cafe" with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic Blues, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.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.
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.