Branford Folk Music Society

The Branford Folk Music Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Service Code section 501(c)(3). The Society sponsors the Branford Folk Coffeehouse, a monthly folk music concert series, September through May, at the First Congregational Church, on the green in Branford, Connecticut.

The group also produces a bimonthly newsletter with schedules and information on concerts and folk performers in Connecticut and the region. Branford Folk Music Society members receive a copy of the newsletter in the mail, as well as discounts in admission to our coffeehouse concerts. Become a member of the Branford Folk Music Society. Facebook members: Look us up on Facebook.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse

The Branford Folk Coffeehouse is in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. Wheelchair accessible. Concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Admission prices are listed for each concert. Please pay at the door – there are no advance sales.

Directions: Take I-95 Cedar Street exit #54, go south on Cedar Street to the end (crossing Route 1), turn left on Main Street. The Congregational Church is the brick church on the green (on the right). For more information, Email:
If parking immediately next to the Church and the Green is full, there is additional parking nearby.

Please contact us if you are interested in helping the coffeehouse as a volunteer. In particular, refreshment donations will be welcomed.

Ed Trickett

Ed Trickett offers Branford Folk virtual concert on Aug. 8, 2020

Ed Trickett, who has been collecting and interpreting traditional and tradition-based folk songs for over 50 years, will make a special New England musical appearance in an on-line concert on Facebook sponsored by the Branford Folk Music Society on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The BRANFORD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY sponsored concert is free to viewers although there will be a "tip jar" to benefit Ed Trickett. The society's directors encourage listeners to utilize the tip jar during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic when artists are suffering loss of their livelihoods because venues across the country are shuttered. The link to the tip jar is listed below. It will also be available in the Facebook event postings, on the Branford Folk Music Society web page and in the chat (during the concert).

You can view the concert through the Branford Folk Music Society's Facebook page or listeners can click on the link below or copy and paste this link into the address bar of your browser.

For more information, call 203-488-7715 or go to the society's Web page at

Trickett has long been regarded in the folk community as a "singer's singer" who has the ability to take a song, dig into the heart of it and share all of it with others. He gives new meaning to old songs and his early choral training comes out as he uses his 6- and 12-string guitars and hammered dulcimer as distinct voices to achieve texture and counterpoint.

He is one of several musicians credited with helping revive the hammered dulcimer as a folk performance instrument during the folk music revival of the 1970s. His repertoire includes a wide range of ballads, sea songs, songs of love and protest, and an occasional song of no consequence whatsoever. His repertoire is highlighted by a sense of community, as well as a love and respect for traditional music.

Much like last month's virtual BRANFORD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY concert with Celtic accordionist John Whelan, this is a "homecoming" concert for Trickett, who once resided in Greater New Haven communities when he taught at Yale University and who through the decades has been a frequent and popular performer at the BRANFORD FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY concert series. He first appeared at the coffeehouse on Aug. 3, 1974 during its debut season. He now resides in Florida.

Trickett has recorded four solo albums and is widely known as part of a famed folk trio with Gordon Bok and Ann Mayo Muir which toured for 26 years. He has performed on more than 40 recordings and was twice a guest on Garrison Keillor's legendary "Prairie Home Companion" show which aired on National Public Radio.

Previous concerts at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse

Branford Folk Photo Gallery


Branford Folk Coffeehouse performers are often provided overnight accommodations by volunteers in their homes. However, some performers are very sensitive to furry critters, so if you can provide overnight accommodations in a pet-free environment, please let us know, either at a concert or by email at Hosts receive complimentary admission to the show! Thank you!


The all-volunteer Board of Directors of the Branford Folk Music Society is looking for new members with a passion for traditional and tradition-based folk music and the skills to help us bring the joy of that music to wider audiences. We are seeking interested people with the time and willingness to take an active role in creating awareness of Branford Folk Music Society events in Connecticut, particularly in the broader shoreline community, and with skills to complement those of members of the current Board. These could include experience in public relations, arts or events coordination (not necessarily in music), outreach or fundraising; or connections with media, historical and cultural organizations in the New Haven area and towns along the shoreline. Anyone interested should contact us at

The Branford Folk Music Society primarily books "traditional" and/or "traditions based" acoustic music, rooted in the Anglo-Celtic and/or American folk genres, and other traditional forms, such as Cajun, French Canadian, Klezmer, etc. We are also open to booking "traditions based" performers who write their own material provided their music demonstrates a knowledge and respect for these long established traditions.

The Branford Folk Music Society is a member of the Folk Alliance International.

Branford Folk Music Society
P.O. Box 441
Branford, CT 06405