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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: branfordfolk@gmail.com
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.

The Branford Folk phone is not functioning at this time. Email: branfordfolk@gmail.com for concert information. If you are wondering if a concert will be held on an evening when the weather is bad, please contact us by email. (There is no one at the church who can give out concert information.) Also, cancellations will be posted on WTNH Channel 8.


A Message to Branford Folk members and friends

In light of the serious and deadly public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic sweeping the nation and globe, the board of the directors of the Branford Folk Music Society decided this week to cancel the remainder of our 2019-20 concert series, including the April 18 appearance by Connecticut's own Boys of Bedlam (replacing Ed Trickett) and the May 9 concert by Connie Dover and Skip Gorman.

The health and safety of our audience members, featured performers and volunteers is of paramount importance to the Branford board and live concerts will not resume until it is once again safe to congregate in groups, the Covid-19 virus no longer poses a health risk and our host First Congregational Church of Branford reopens the doors of Pilgrim Hall.

We thank all the performers for their understanding, including Matthew Byrne and Cliff Haslam and John Whelan, Brian Conway and Conor Hearn, whose concerts on March 14 and 28 respectively we previously were forced to cancel. Sadly, what was shaping up as a spectacular concert season at Branford Folk was rent asunder by the coronavirus.

However, we will endeavor to rebook as many of these artists as possible for the upcoming 2020-21 concert season so that our loyal audiences may enjoy their music and get to meet them.

In addition, the directors are examining the possibility of setting up some type of on-line concerts in the near future. Watch for our e-mails and check our Web site to get the word if this will be financially and technically possible. We are dispensing with the April-May edition of a printed Branford Folk Music Society newsletter because of the cancellation of the remainder of our concert season as well as almost all folk music events in Connecticut and the nearby environs.

As our nation confronts this crisis, please follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and our own Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut health officials, care for each other, and stay home, safe and healthy.

Touring folk artists, whose music so enriches our lives, are facing the loss of considerable income during these challenging times. Please consider supporting them by buying their CDs and other merchandise via their Websites. Many artists also are/will be live-streaming concerts online this spring – so follow your favorites on Facebook and check their Websites for information.

Likewise, the Branford Folk Music Society directors thank you for your continuing support of our all-volunteer non-profit that hopefully will be starting its 47th year of presenting concerts for your enjoyment. If you are not a member, the directors would love you to sign up and join us as a member and enjoy the benefits of membership outlined on our Web page. If you are a member, any size contribution or the willingness to volunteer in the future would be appreciated because although four concerts have been shuttered by the coronavirus we still must pay our bills for such things as insurance, non-profit status incorporation and certification, printing and mailing.

Again, our thanks go out to all of you. Stay safe and healthy. We hope to return and see you back in Branford in September.

The Board of Directors of the Branford Folk Music Society


Previous concerts at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse

Branford Folk Photo Gallery

HOME HOSPITALITY HOSTS SOUGHT

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 branfordfolk@gmail.com. Hosts receive complimentary admission to the show! Thank you!

BRANFORD FOLK NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

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 branfordfolk@gmail.com.

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
http://branfordfolk.org/