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 holds monthly "House Hoots" at members' homes, open to all for informal singing and playing, and produces a monthly 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.
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. Unless otherwise specified, admission is $15 for non-members, $12 for members, and $5 for children 12 and under.
Admission policy for this season's great folk shows: Pay at the door. Thanks!
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, call 203-488-7715.
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.
If you are wondering if a concert will be held on an evening when the weather is bad, please call 203-488-7715. (There is no one at the church who can give out concert information.) Also, cancellations will be posted on WTNH Channel 8.
May 9, 2015: John Roberts and Tony Barrand
It has been simply too long – would you believe nearly seven years! – since the Branford Folk Music Society presented John Roberts and Tony Barrand, the duo that has been widely acclaimed for nearly five decades as among the primary exponents living in the United States of traditional English folksong.
For those who might not be familiar with this duo (and we believe that’s a very few), they are known for their lively, humorous and entertaining presentations and exquisite unaccompanied two-part harmony singing. John and Tony perform the ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations and of industrial toil and strife. They typically arrange their material thematically to emphasize the stories, history and folklore behind the songs. They draw at times upon a variety of instrumentation to accompany their singing, including Anglo and English concertinas, guitar, banjo and percussion.
John and Tony, both English born and raised, have been singing together since 1969, when serendipity brought them together as graduate students in psychology at Cornell University. In their many years together as a professional team, they’ve recorded with a number of companies including Swallowtail Records, Front Hall, Folk-Legacy Records, National Geographic, and most recently, Golden Hind Music.
These recordings include a critically-acclaimed album of authentic sea shanties, an album of drinking songs recorded live in a Chicago tavern, “An Evening at the English Music Hall”, and a host of albums of songs from their celebrated Christmas pageant, Nowell Sing We Clear. They have also recorded a selection of the songs that the composer Percy Grainger collected in Lincolnshire during the early years of last century and a collection of songs by Rudyard Kipling.
Their latest duo recording is “Twiddlum Twaddlum”, a live performance CD that celebrated their 35th anniversary as performers. John has released a solo album of sea music called “Sea Fever” on Golden Hind Records and Tony recently collaborated with Keith Murphy on the album entitled “On the Banks of the Coldbrook: Atwood Family Songs”, a collection of songs written by Dover, Vermont resident James K. Atwood.
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The Branford Folk Music Society is looking for a volunteer to manage the signs that we put up at the church for each concert. This includes storing the signs at your home, bringing them to each concert and setting them up. If you are interested or would like more information, please let us know at a concert or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Board Members Sought
The Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations to fill at large positions on the Board.
The Branford Folk Music Society is a member of
the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance,
and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
|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 posts monthly concert listings on the following web sites and blogs:
americantowns.com at http://www.branford.americantowns.com/
Nonprofit Bulletin at http://www.nhbulletin.blogspot.com/
Branford Folk Music Society
P.O. Box 441
Branford, CT 06405