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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. 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: branfordfolk@gmail.com Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Sep. 9 - North Sea Gas
Oct. 14 - Joel Mabus
Nov. 11 - Bob Zentz
Dec. 9 - Rosa Tatuata-Celebration of Sicily

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. CHIRP is totally funded by individual and foundation donations as well as contributions from local businesses. It is co-sponsored by the town of Ridgefield through its Parks & Rec. Dept. and The Ridgefield Press. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Please understand that we love dogs BUT they are not permitted in Ballard Park. Web: http://www.Chirpct.org/
Aug. 22 - David Myles
Aug. 24 - Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers
Aug. 29 - The Bumper Jacksons
Aug. 31 - Harpeth Rising

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/
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 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/

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/
Sep. 22 - Joe Jencks
Oct. 13 - Leonard Cohen Tribute
Nov. 17 - Lucy Kaplansky
Dec. 8 - Maggie's Guitar Presents "The Crossing--A Musical"
Jan. 19 - Geoff Kaufman and Larry Kaplan
Feb. 23 - Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
Mar. 16 - Celticity
Apr. 20 - Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton
May 11 - Kate Callahan and Kristen Graves

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: thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
Aug. 25 - Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 8 - Davey O. and Stan Sullivan

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 Open Mic in August.
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, 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

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.
Sep. 2 - With guest Jeff Lee

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/

FOLK PHONE
WWUH Listener Line: 860-768-5913


FOLK ARTISTS

ATWATER-DONNELLY
Aug. 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.
Aug. 26 - Music at the Moosup Valley Church, 81 Moosup Valley Road, Foster, RI. 5:00-8:00 p.m. 401-397-8878. Web: https://moosupvalleychurch.wordpress.com/
Sep. 2 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Sep. 5 - Island Free Library, Dodge St., Block Island, RI. Concert time TBA. Free to the public. 401-466-3233. Web: http://www.islandfreelibrary.org/ Special theme: Songs of Peaceful Protest.
Sep. 9 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, 2017 Slater Park Fall Festival, Dagget Stage, 1 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, RI. A-D Trio plays 3:30 p.m. Free to the public. 401-728-0500 x430. Email: festivaldirector@pawtucketartsfestival.org. Web: https://pawtucketartsfestival.org/
Sep. 15 - Newport Wooden Boat Show, outside Pilot House, 45 America's Cup Ave., Newport, RI. A-D plays informally 4:00-6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-849-2120. Web: http://www.bowenswharf.com/events
Sep. 16 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Joe Davies Folk Festival, The Soule Homestead, 46 Soule St., Middleboro, MA. A-D Trio plays 3:30 p.m. 508-947-6744. Web: http://www.soulehomestead.com/
Sep. 17 - Annual Harvest Fair at Coggeshall Farm, Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Road, Bristol, RI. A-D plays 12:00-4:00 p.m. 401-253-9062. Web: http://www.coggeshallfarm.org/
Oct. 8 - First Congregational Church of Lee, 25 Park Place, Lee, MA. 2:00 p.m. Web: http://leemeetinghouse.com/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

AZTEC TWO-STEP
Aug. 31 - City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York, NY. 6:00 p.m. doors, 8:00 p.m. start. Celebrating the release of their new album "Naked". http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/ Tickets: http://www.citywinery.com/newyork/tickets/aztec-two-step-naked-cd-release-8-31.html
https://aztectwostep.com/

TRIBUTE TO BOB DYLAN & THE BAND
Sep. 16 - Tribute to Bob Dylan & THE BAND, featuring The THE BAND Band, 8:00 p.m. at Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, RI. Tickets: http://courthousearts.org/ or call 401-782-1018 for additional information.

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

LARRY KAPLAN
Sep. 3 - Live Concert on "Bound For Glory" hosted by Phil Shapiro, WVBR radio 93.5 FM. Starting time 8:30 p.m. Or join us at the Cafe at Anabel, Taylor Hall, Cornell University.
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
http://www.larrykaplanmusic.com/

STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS
Aug. 25 - The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St., Middletown, CT. 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 29 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
http://www.stacyphillips.com/

PHIL ROSENTHAL
Sep. 2 - Fish Family Farm Festival, 20 Dimock Lane, Bolton, CT. 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Lutz Museum: http://lutzmuseum.org/special-events/farm-day/ Phil is the opening act, followed by several bluegrass bands.
Sep. 17 - Phil Rosenthal & Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven, CT. 4:00 p.m. 203-789-8281 http://www.cafenine.com/
Sep. 23 - The Guilford Ramblers and Phil Rosenthal, 2:00 p.m. My folk/bluegrass ensemble will play some favorites at the Guilford Civic Women's 36th Annual Harvest Festival, on the Guilford Green. http://www.guilfordcivicwomen.org/harvest-festival-1/
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

SHOREGRASS
Aug. 25 to Aug. 27 - ShoreGrass Trio (with others) at Camp Wightman Bluegrass Weekend, 299 Coal Pit Hill Road, North Stonington, CT. Info: 860-573-2681. $100 (includes lodging and meals).
Oct. 14 - Bauer Park Harvest Festival, 257 Copse Road, Madison, CT. 11:00-3:00 p.m. 203-245-5623. Email: bwhfarm@comcast.net. Free.
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.

TUESDAY SAINTS
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.
Aug. 26 - Eric Michael Lichter Music, James Maple, and Brian Dolzani
http://TuesdaySaints.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/

THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. Web:
http://www.thehalfdoorhfd.com/
Sep. 10 - Po Ramblin' Boys
Sep. 24 - Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

THIRD ANNUAL TRADMAD CAMP
Aug. 26 to Sep. 1, 2017 at Pinewoods Camp, 80 Cornish Field Rd., Plymouth, MA. Workshops, dances, concerts, one-shots, camper concerts, parties, jamming, singing, swimming in two lovely ponds, relaxing, learning, and generally having fun. 917-922-5404. Web: http://www.tradmadcamp.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tradmadcamp/

THE 2017 CT FOLK FEST & GREEN EXPO
Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m., Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff Street, New Haven, CT. Free admission. Featuring: Livingston Taylor, The Ballroom Thieves, Forlorn Strangers, The End of America, Ladybird, Roger Sprung, Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers, Amy Soucy, The Promise is Hope, Steven Pelland, Kate Callahan. Web: http://ctfolk.com/

30th ANNUAL SCOTLAND HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Waldo Homestead, 96 Waldo Road, Scotland, CT. Musical entertainment by The Tannahill Weavers, and Charlie Zahm with Tad Marks. Pipe Bands; Solo Piping, Drumming, Drum Major, Harp, Highland Athletic and Dance Copetitions; Celtic Storytellers; Clan Village, Sheep Dog Demonstrations; Re-enactors; Scottish Merchandise and Food Vendors. Additional information available at: http://scotlandgames.org/


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 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/

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 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.
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)
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)
"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. 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/

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
"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.