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The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that presents folk music concerts on most Saturdays from September through May. Sounding Board members receive discounts in admission to our concerts as indicated in the listings below.

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Unless otherwise specified, concerts are held at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. Wheelchair accessible. Concerts start at 8:00 P.M. Doors open at 7:00 P.M., and reservations are held until 7:45 P.M. Admission prices are noted below for each concert. Admission may be paid by cash or check, and we also accept credit cards at the door for admissions, and credit cards may also be used for memberships and tee shirt sales. You may also purchase advance tickets for all Sounding Board concerts online (through simply click the "Buy Advance Tickets" button for each concert listed below.

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Please make reservations using the online form or by email. If you are web-averse, call 860-770-3001 and leave a voice mail with your name and the number of people in your party. The Sounding Board does not confirm reservations made by phone.
Please do not call the church for reservations or Sounding Board information.

Directions to the Universalist Church: From I-84, take the "Park Road, West Hartford Center" exit. Turn right at the end of the long exit ramp, then turn left immediately at the light onto Trout Brook Drive. Go straight through the first three traffic lights (Boulevard, Memorial Road, and Farmington Avenue), then turn left at the next traffic light onto Fern Street. The Universalist Church is a short way down on the left hand side of the road. Turn into the driveway just before the church and park in the lot behind the church. Enter through side doors.

The Sounding Board will be closed for the holidays in December and will reopen on January 9.

January 9, 2016: CARAVAN OF THIEVES

It's the first Sounding Board show of 2016 so it must be time for Caravan of Thieves.

Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, the fervent musical couple who front their band, Caravan of Thieves, have traveled a fruitful yet challenging road since they met in late 2003. But over the years each new turn has brought them closer to their vision for what life, love and art should be in their world and how it relates to the people around them.

Shortly after meeting, they found an intimate connection with one another and began blending their voices, writing music, traveling and performing together as the acoustic guitar toting duo they simply called “Fuzz and Carrie”. Using the musical spirit to guide them, they found themselves in different corners of the globe, performing in clubs, festivals, street corners, parks and anywhere they could gather inspiration. Fans of their work as well as a variety of musical collaborators were early witness to their unmistakable chemistry and eager to jump on board with them. Eventually, with a little trial, error and adventure behind them, they arrived at a concept the two of them would soon call “Caravan of Thieves”.

Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, Romanticism, musical theater and early American folk music, Caravan of Thieves quickly took shape in the hearts and minds of Fuzz and Carrie and subsequently established a need for them to extend their musical clan. In early 2008, they wrote a handful of songs in this new style and began to fill out their sound with upright bass, violin, an occasional accordion and any other willing participant they could recruit along the way. Caravan of Thieves was born.

By the end of their first year, the Caravan began to gain recognition for their distinctive musical vision, which inspired them to record and release their debut full length album, Bouquet (2009). So Fuzz and Carrie took their show and growing cast of characters on the road, sharing stages with a variety of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, The Decemberists, Keb Mo, Tom Tom Club, Iron and Wine, Shemekia Copeland, Punch Brothers, Robert Cray, John Jorgenson and many others. They successfully connected with audiences on each of these diverse bills, proving their act to be appreciated by folk, pop, rock and jazz audiences of all ages.

A few albums and a few hundred thousand miles later, Fuzz and Carrie eventually reached a comfortable stride embracing their roles as show and album producers, songwriters and arrangers. They released Mischief Night (2010), The Funhouse (2012) and Kiss Kiss (2015), produced the shows and tours to follow, and continued to introduce a greater blend of styles, instrumentation and musical guests with each new album and tour. As a result, the live performance now covers a wide dynamic range and appeal with each show flowing seamlessly from intimate acoustic duets to entertaining and exciting junk percussion jams to big audience stomp, clap and sing alongs, all while maintaining their spontaneous “street performance brought to the stage” mentality they developed in their early days of performing together.

Fuzz and Carrie explain further, “We’re driven to consistently entertain our audience, in concert and on our studio recordings, which lends to building a community of listeners who can be involved in our show and our creative process in some way, as well as a variety of artists who we can share our vision with. These elements allow our band and our music to be alive, have a soul.”

Their latest album release, Kiss Kiss combines the dark humor and sarcastic social commentary of their previous efforts with a few extra thoughts on love and how it brings both beauty and danger into all of our lives. Fuzz and Carrie’s production ideas and diverse songwriting take the concept of Caravan of Thieves a giant leap further, blurring the lines as to which time and place the music may have come from. Songs that reverberate like classic tunes from generations past, yet still relevant to today, are accompanied by an orchestra of unexpected sounds. A tuba, beatboxer, tympani, treated piano, kitchen sink and other bells and whistles join the musical circus along with the tried and true stringed instruments and harmonizing voices Fuzz and Carrie first brought into the mix. According to Fuzz and Carrie, “We are always attempting to write that song that was mistakenly left out of the book of standards. But the challenge for us lies in covering topics that most listeners can relate to while taking them to the edges of their imaginations by both lyrically and musically using as many vibrant images as we can to illustrate the story.”

Kiss Kiss finds the couple touching ground on both familiar and uncharted territory for them. On “Disappear,” Spanish flavored guitar and lush string arrangements accompany their haunting vocal lines while the festive feel of “Home”, colored by marching drums, circus organ and colorful chimes is juxtaposed with its melancholy lyrics about missing one’s childhood and the comforts of home. “I Got You”, the most intimate and sincere track on the album, invites the listener into Fuzz and Carrie’s living room for a paired down performance consisting of just an acoustic guitar and the two of them singing into one microphone. “Dead Wrong” howls of love gone bad and “This Must Be Love” introduces bouncy New Orleans grooves played on pots and pans with Fuzz and Carrie spouting animated metaphors about how lethal being head over heels in love can really be.

Over the last eight years and throughout several countries, the Caravan of Thieves have developed a loyal family of “Freaks”, a moniker both the band and their followers willingly and affectionately refer to themselves as. During that time, Fuzz and Carrie's ever expanding community of musicians, artists and fans have allowed their dream to live through each triumph and hurdle, and with each performance, each interaction and each new moment adding another layer of color to their story.
$20 general, $18 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under

Advance tickets are highly recommended as we expect a sellout.

Caravan of Thieves

Grass Routes

January 16, 2016: GRASS ROUTES

Grass Routes is a Connecticut-based, five piece bluegrass band. that has been delighting audiences with a repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass standards to folk and contemporary songs. Skillful instrumental work combines with tight vocal harmonies that shine in their live performances.

Grass Routes has been featured on radio and television and has performed at major concerts and bluegrass festivals throughout the Northeast. They have five albums to their credit, including their newest CD, Bailey’s Deal, and are currently working on a new recording project. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

January 23, 2016: JOE CROOKSTON

Joe Crookston is the master of the story song. He has a remarkable talent for taking conversations and everyday events and turning them into lyrical gold you’re not likely to forget.

Through Joe’s songs, you might meet his 93-year-old uncle telling about his role in the ending of World War II in the Pacific over a six-pack of Schlitz, a Holocaust survivor trying to gently relate the story of the tattoo on her arm to her 5-year-old daughter, a teenage inmate who finds escape from his cell at the point of a smuggled pencil, or discover how a random meeting of two strangers aboard an Amtrak train can lead to a beautiful revelation of humanity.

The magic of Joe’s music is bound to pull you in. If you've never been to a Joe Crookston concert, you need to be at The Sounding Board for this show. If you're familiar with Joe, we know you will be. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Joe Crookston

Nancy Tucker

January 30, 2016: NANCY TUCKER

“What would you call a performer who as an accomplished singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, acoustic guitarist and children’s performer? How about busy?”
The Register Citizen, Torrington, CT

Nancy Tucker blends outrageous squeaky clean comedy, spirited guitar instrumentals and moving songs of human experience in her shows for people of all ages. Her music and comedy center around a passion for life and laughter.

Her guitar instrumentals have been compared to those of Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke, with a flair for unusual and kinetic compositions using every part of the guitar, including a guitar attachment of her own invention.

No matter what the venue, Nancy captures each audience's imagination and heart with gentle invitation and contagious lunacy. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

The Sounding Board will be closed on February 6, 2016.

February 13, 2016: PORCH PARTY MAMAS

They define their music as unclassifiable, but the Porch Party Mamas were inspired by playing and singing each others songs at their own "porch parties." That led to these five established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. They took their act on the road and Porch Party Mamas was born.

All five are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished crew of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Porch Party Mamas



New England’s traditional music can be warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. In high school she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists. Among her influences was the musical community she found at fiddle camps, where she learned and played with a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser.

Lissa will be joined by guitarist Bethany Waickman, a mainstay of the New England contradance scene. A graduate of UMass Amherst, Bethany has accompanied Lissa since 2009 and has also worked onstage and in the recording studio with many other folk artists.
$16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

February 27, 2016: BAY SPRING FOLK

From Rhode Island, Bay Spring Folk plays “eclectic folk” which includes traditional American folk songs as well as originals. Their songs include great vocal harmonies and fun instrumental work on fiddle, guitars, mandolin, bass, harmonica, recorder, weissenborn, and egg.

The band's first album, Get Yours, was released in 2012. The Providence Journal described their music as "thoughtful and whimsical and fun."

One of the band’s members has a connection with the early days of The Sounding Board and Hartford’s folk scene, too. As a girl, fiddler Sydney Montstream-Quas played fiddle along with Jon Steucek in the State Street String Band.
$12 general, $10 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.

Bay Spring Folk


March 12, 2016: MICK & THE KIPPSTER

March 19, 2016: LAST FAIR DEAL

The Sounding Board will be closed on March 26, 2016.


April 16, 2016: AMY GALLATIN with THE CADLEYS


The Sounding Board will be closed on April 30, 2016.


May 14, 2016: ABBIE GARDNER with special guest JESSE TERRY

May 21, 2016: RANI ARBO & daisy mayhem

Past Performers at the Sounding Board

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Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: Web:
Dec. 12 - Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman
Jan. 16 - Fiesta del Norte
Feb. 13 - Notorious
Mar. 12 - John Kirk and Trish Miller
Apr. 9 - Stacy Phillips and His Bluegrass Characters
May 14 - Dave Littlefield

St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 4:00 p.m. Information and tickets:
Dec. 13 - Ellis Paul

The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets or information call 203-438-5795. Web:
Dec. 4 - Hot Tuna Acoustic, 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 - The Irish Rovers, 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Howard Fishman: The Basement Tapes Project, 7:30 p.m.

For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-362-5912 or email: Web:
Dec. 13 - Cherish The Ladies Christmas Special, 4:00 PM at the Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave., Fairfield, CT.

Presented by CT Folk at First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue (corner of Whitney & Huntington), New Haven, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information:
Dec. 4 - Dirt Floor Studio Night, featuring Eric M. Lichter with Steve Rodgers & Jessy Griz, Ponybird, Mercy Choir, James Maple, Lys Guillorn.
Jan. 8 - Goodnight Blue Moon
Feb. 5 - Connecticut Artists Showcase featuring Shawn Taylor & Wandering Roots and Shannon McMahon
Mar. 4 - Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
Apr. 1 - Connecticut Folk Festival Auditions: The Finalists
May 6 - "Tribute to Linda Ronstadt" featuring No Fuss and Feathers Road Show

We sing from the Sacred Harp every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Room B01 of Stoeckel Hall on the campus of Yale University, 469 College Street, New Haven, CT. (Call to confirm location.) All are welcome. For more information:

Venice Place, East Haven, CT. For more information call John O'Donovan at 203-281-3563.
Dec. 13 - Classic Irish Christmas Concert featuring GIRSA. 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Traditional Irish Concert with the 'PRIDE OF NEW YORK', featuring Joanie Madden, flute; Brian Conway, fiddle; Billy McComiskey, accordion and Brendan Dolan, flute and keyboard. 7:30 p.m.

For tickets, directions and information: or 203-430-6020.
Jan. 23 - Dr. Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and Clinch Mountain Boys, "Man of Constant Sorrow Tour", at Unitarian Society Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at Unitarian Society Hall. 7:30 p.m.
May 14 - David Grier, at Spaceland Ballroom. 7:30 p.m.

68 1/2 Quinnipiac St.,Wallingford, CT. For more information call 203-213-2512 or 203-626-5560. If no one answers leave a message. Web: Facebook:

Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. For more information:

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit
Jan. 22 - Geoff Kaufman & Magpie
Feb. 26 - "For Pete's Sake" Third Annual Benefit Concert
Mar. 18 - Trout Fishing In America - Family show
Apr. 15 - David Allen Hammond
May 13 - Kristen Graves & Lara Herscovitch

605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: Web:
First Thursdays - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up

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

On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web:
Dec. 4 - Open Mic with Krista Baroni, 7:30 pm
Dec. 5 - Garnet Rogers
Dec. 11 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin hosts, 7:00 pm
Dec. 12 - Taking Back Eden
Dec. 19 - Cashel Rock

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. All proceeds benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Emergency Food Pantry. Web:

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,

Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 860-285-1886. Web:
Dec. 12 - Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem

The last Monday of every month, for an acoustic open mic at the Wood Memorial Library and Museum, 783 Main Street, South Windsor, CT. 6:00-6:30 sign up. All forms of music welcome. A piano is available. Hosted by flutist Minta White. For more information call the library on Monday or Thursday: 860-289-1783.

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(atsign) or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).

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

Wilde Auditorium (W) or Millard Auditorium (M), University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave. (Rte. 189), West Hartford, CT. Celtic Airs is sponsored by WWUH and is a benefit series for WWUH. For tickets call 800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228. Web:

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Most concerts are at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. Web:
Jan. 9 - Caravan of Thieves
Jan. 16 - Grass Routes
Jan. 23 - Joe Crookston
Jan. 30 - Nancy Tucker
Feb. 6 - Closed
Feb. 13 - Porch Party Mamas
Feb. 20 - Lissa Schneckenburger & Friends
Feb. 27 - Bay Spring Folk
Mar. 5 - Atwater-Donnelly
Mar. 12 - Mick & The Kippster
Mar. 19 - Last Fair Deal


Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT. 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information call 860-693-0263. Web:
Dec. 5 - Stephen Bennett
Jan. 16 - Bill Staines

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). $15 annual dues. Info regarding local dulcimer teachers is available. Contact Don Moore 860-242-3003 or for information. Web:

549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web:
Dec. 5 - 8th annual BRT Holiday Craft Fair and Festival, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Free. 27 craft vendors and live continuous music.
Dec. 12 at 8:00 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Blackstone River Theatre Christmas Celebration featuring Cathy Clasper-Torch, Rose Clancy, Robbie O'Connell, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin, Josh Kane, Russell Gusetti, Ed Sweeney, and the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers. Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union.

300 High Street, Bristol, RI. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call 401-253-4813. Web:

Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 508-540-0320. Email: Web:
Jan. 3 - Matt and Shannon Heaton
Jan. 17 - Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rogers
Jan. 31 - Bill Staines
Feb. 14 - OCEAN Celtic
Feb. 28 - Debra Cowan & John Roberts

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. Web:
Dec. 5 - Featuring Jim Armenti

At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. For information and reservations email Facebook:
Dec. 4 - Mike + Ruthy

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.

The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: Web:
Dec. 11 - Legends Concert with Tom & Ben Paley, at OSA Hall, 220 E. 23rd Street, Suite 707, (2nd and 3rd Ave).

At The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 East 35th St. (between Madison & Park), New York City, NY. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 212-787-3903. Web:
Dec. 5 - Charlie King and Martha Leader.
Dec. 12 - Lydia Adams Davis; Ubaka Hill.
Dec. 19 - Guy Davis.
Dec. 26 - Closed for holidays
Jan. 2 - Lois Morton; Sue Jeffers.
Jan. 9 - Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor.
Jan. 16 - Marie Mularczyk O'Connell & The Mountain Maidens; Norris Bennet.
Jan. 23 - Kevin Nathaniel; Owens Brothers Band.
Jan. 30 - Closed for PMN Winter Gathering in Albany, NY.
Feb. 6 - Alix Dobkin; DK and the Joy Machine.
Feb. 13 - Rod MacDonald.
Feb. 20 - Ben Grosscup; Chris Seymour.
Feb. 27 - Hubby Jenkins; Triboro.

Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Jan. 30 - Joseph Arthur, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27 - Amy Speace, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 26 - Harpeth Rising, 7:30 p.m.
May 14 - Erin McKeown, 7:30 p.m.
May 21 - Sleeping Bee, 7:30 p.m.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington, NY.
Dec. 5 - Dar Williams with The Nields, 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 20 - Amy Helm and The Handsome Strangers, 8:00 p.m.

House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations:
Jan. 10 - The Levins
Feb. 28 - Joe Crookston
Mar. 13 - Matt Nakoa

Unitarian Society, 28 Brentwood Rd., Bay Shore, NY. Open mic 7:30, short set 8:00 p.m., feature performer 8:30 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to our in house food bank. 631-661-1278. Web:
Dec. 12 - The Jack Grace Band

FOLK PHONES: Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115


ATWATER-DONNELLY: Dec. 31 - First Night Chatham, Chatham, MA. A-D performs 2 pm at Monomoy Hall at the Chatham Bars Inn.
Dec. 31 - First Night Sandwich, Sandwich, MA. 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562.
Feb. 20 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 8:00 p.m. 401-725-9272.
Feb. 27 - Children's/Family Program, George Hail Public Library, 530 Main St., Warren, RI. Free to the public. 2:00 p.m. 401-245-7686.


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



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.


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:


270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. 5:00-8:00 p.m. For info call 203-650-3492.
Dec. 6 - Chasing Blue
Dec. 20 - Korey Brodsky Band
Jan. 3 - Cornfed Dogs
Jan. 10 - Too Blue
Jan. 24 - The Reunion Band
Feb. 7 - 81 South
Feb. 21 - Matt Flinner Band
Mar. 20 - The Feinberg Brothers
Apr. 10 - Mile Twelve


Dec. 5 - At St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Humphrey St., New Haven, CT. 7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM. With music by: Dan Bonis & Chris Davis; George Baker & Tony Dioguardi; Judy Handler & Mark Levesque; Ian Meadows; Prester John (Shawn Persinger & David Miller); Michael Racine; Glenn Roth. And your host, Robert Messore. Suggested donation: $10 + 1 item of winter clothing for charity. General admission, no seats sold in advance. Concert information: 203-787-9642.


Also look at for Contra Dance listings in Southeastern New England, and for an index to Contra Dancing in Connecticut.

Contra dances on the second Saturday of every month (except August), and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the Stone House at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road, Stamford, CT. 8:00-11:00 p.m. with basics for beginners at 7:30. Partners not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890.

Not your bar-mitzvah/wedding-type Israeli dances! We do circle dances, line dances, and partner dances to a Middle Eastern beat. Dance incorporates many elements of Swing and Salsa. Every Thursday night, Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. No partner or experience necessary. Beginner dancing from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Intermediate and Advanced from 9:30 p.m. until midnight. Both sessions include teaching. $7.00. Light refreshments. For more information, contact Yossi at 860-985-7550 or

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:

Friday nights from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall, 100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT. Dances will be taught by Paul McGuire. Music by Marshall Barron, Grace Feldman and Margaret Ann Martin with musicians from Marshall's Dance Band Workshops. Admission $10.00. Cheerful dances, friendly community, beautiful music. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Come with or without a partner. For more information call 203-776-6929.

Enjoy the social dances of Scotland every Tuesday evening from 7:45 to 10:00 at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Contact: Leslie 203-281-6591 or

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 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 the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. $13, $6 students with ID. For more information:

Hartford Community Dance sponsors monthly contra dance jam sessions 6:00-7:30 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. For more information, contact Rob at 860-232-2504. Web:

Dec. 12 - HCD-Contra Dance at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT with Wrybred and caller Rich Sbardella. 7:15-7:30 New-dancer lesson; 7:30-10:00 Dancing. Adults: $12; 65+: $10; Students: $5. Please bring clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes to change into. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. Questions: call 1-888-423-0423; email Info at

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: or call 860-521-6440.


Internet radio: 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.

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.

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.

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 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sing Out! Radio Magazine with Tom Druckenmiller, Saturday 4:00-5:00 a.m.
The Celtic Cafe with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.

WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT): "Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email:
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.

WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA): "The Contemporary Cafe" with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic Blues, Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.

WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY): "New Harmony", Dick Hermans, Saturday 8:00-11:00 a.m.

WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe, and 91.5 Guilford, CT): "Good Folk", Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.

WNHU (88.7 FM, West Haven, CT): "The Folk Show", Saturday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with John Mazza; Thursday 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. with Chuck Vigue.
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.

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.
"Prairie Home Companion", Saturday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Thistle and Shamrock", Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8:00-9:00 p.m.
"AcousticConnections", Walt Graham, Saturday 9:00-10:00 p.m.

WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA):

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.
"Mixed Grille", Steve Theaker, Monday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Brian Burness, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. includes listings for folk music concerts, festivals, radio programs, etc., that occur in Connecticut and the southern New England area.
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