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.


SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014
5:00 p.m.

40 Hamre Lane
Branford, CT 06405

(Wheelchair accessible)

Gourmet Grazing Buffet Catered by Bistro Mediterranean of East Haven

Beer donated by Thimble Island Brewing company of Branford

Call or email to reserve your tickets for a gathering of friends,
great performances, delicious food and



WRY BRED: Julie Sorcek, flute; Mickey Koth, fiddle; Robert Messore, guitar

Good Music No Matter How You Slice It!

Experience the complete bluegrass esthetic!
Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters

GRAMMY winning Dobro and fiddle virtuoso with Phil Zimmerman, mandolin and Andy Bromage, guitar

Cliff Haslam leads the pub sing with Sea Chanteys, Irish songs, drinking songs and
nonsense songs that don't hesitate to make joyful use of innuendo, euphemism, and puns!

Reservations by phone or email accepted until April 23

Tickets will be sold until seating capacity is reached.
Be sure to reserve yours today!

gets you all of the above and more!
Great raffle prizes too!

Contact: or call 203-488-7715

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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. Unless otherwise specified, admission is $15 for nonmembers, $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. 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.

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 10, 2014: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

The society closes its 40th Anniversary season on a high note and style with the dynamic musical duo of Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen on May 10.

Although the husband-and-wife team of Steve and Cindy carry separate reputations and musical histories, they are pure magic when they perform together. Cindy has been described as one of the finest pure ballad singers in folk music today, while Steve has been acknowledged for decades as one of America's finest songwriters.

He's been crafting songs for more than 50 years. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded his "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by the likes of John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, and hundreds of others. "Darcy Farrow" alone has been recorded by more than 100 artists. In fact, John Denver recorded it three separate times on albums that sold millions of copies! Quite literally, Steve also wrote the book on songwriting: "Songwriting and the Creative Process" (Sing Out Press) is a standard text in songwriting classes across the country.

But, he's also recognized as a superb fingerpicking guitarist whose skills have been compared to Doc Watson.

Cindy is renowned not only for her voice but also for her songkeeping. She is a master interpreter of traditional ballads, rich in myth and legend, accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer. She possesses a compelling voice, aptly described by one critic as a voice that "can warm a New England winter."

The newest album from the Vermont duo, released earlier this year, is titled "Berrymania" and is a tribute to their madcap friends and talented musicians, Peter and Lou Berryman of Wisconsin. Alone, together and with others Steve and Cindy have recorded more than 15 albums.

Steve and Cindy

Photo by Kathryn Mann

Previous concerts at the Branford Folk Coffeehouse

Branford Folk Photo Gallery

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Lodging in Branford

Volunteers Needed!

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

New Board Members Sought

The Board of Directors is currently accepting nominations to fill at large positions on the Board.

  • Qualifications: enjoyment of traditional folk music and desire to see it continue in Branford. Skills in particular areas such as finances, grant writing, small business administration, etc. are welcome but not required. Must become a member of BFMS if not already a member.
  • Responsibilities: attend about eight board meetings a year, attend and help at most of the nine concerts of the season (September through May).
  • Benefits: free attendance when you help out at a concert, decision making contribution to the programming and other issues of the society, opportunity to get to know some wonderful people who are musicians.

Click here for the application form.

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: at
Nonprofit Bulletin at

Branford Folk CD Openers

Got CD's? Frustrated by that pesky shrink wrap that is so difficult to remove?
Fret no more! Branford Folk Music Society has the perfect solution!
The Branford Folk 30th Anniversary CD opener!
Get one and you can be listening to the new CD's you buy at our concerts as soon as you get in your car. Branford Folk CD openers make the perfect Valentine's gift, housewarming present and will come in handy during the summer folk festival season. Priced at just $2.00 so you can get them for all your friends and place one near every CD player in your home. Pick them up at the next concert!

Other folk music events in Connecticut and southern New England

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