The Sounding Board is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that presents folk music concerts at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse on most Saturdays from September through May. Sounding Board members receive discounts in admission to our concerts as indicated in the listings below. Become a member of the Sounding Board.
Most 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. Unless otherwise noted, admission for children 12 and under is $8.00. Also, student admission prices as shown for each concert; for high school through college age, show your student ID at the door. Admission may be paid by cash or check, and we now 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 brownpapertickets.com): simply click the "Buy Advance Tickets" button for each concert listed below.
Online reservations: Save My Seat!
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make reservations using the online form or by email. If you absolutely feel the need to speak to a human being to make a reservation, call (860)635-7685.
Please do not call the church. Reservations must be made before 4:00 p.m. the day of the show.
Directions: 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's official web site is soundingboardcoffeehouse.org, which includes the concert schedule, ticket info, and video clips of upcoming performers at the Sounding Board.
This web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be on-line, featuring the Sounding Board and other folk music venues in southern New England.
Please send your event listings to email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who supported the fundraiser for Don Sineti at the Sounding Board on May 16th!
There is a fundraising web site for Don at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-don-sineti-rolling-home-after-long-illnesses/339391
The Sounding Board is closed for the summer. Coming up in the fall:
September 12, 2015: MARK ERELLI
Mark Erelli was finishing a graduate degree when his eponymous debut CD was released in 1999. Thousands of musical miles later, Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter.
Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” His musical journey has taken him from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.
Mark is also a frequent musical collaborator who has played on stage and made recordings with many performers, including appearing at the Grand Ole Opry with Allison Krauss. He also is part the bluegrass band Barnstar!, with Jake Armerding. Mark's newest CD, "Milltowns," is a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey. $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
September 19, 2015: BILL STAINES
After touring and playing concerts for almost 50 years, you would think that singer-songwriter Bill Staines might consider slowing down. That's just not the case. Bill continues to perform about 175 shows a year, making him one of the most durable and beloved singers on today's folk circuit.
On stage, Bill is an engaging presence, encouraging the audience to sing along. He mixes traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His humorous tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people make for an entertaining blend of story and song.
Bill has 26 recordings to his credit and his songs have been performed by Peter. Paul & Mary, Makem & Clancy, and Jerry Jeff Walker to name a few. Nancy Griffith has said, "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off – carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew." $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
September 26, 2015: BROTHER SUN with THE LEVINS
Individually, Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Brother Sun fuses folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, in an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
Brother Sun's self-titled debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. After four years of nationwide touring and performances marked by outstanding songwriting, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations, they have released Some Part of the Truth, a CD that goes a big step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians.
Opening for Brother Sun will be The Levins (pronounced LeVINNs) who offer harmony-driven acoustic music that is warm and uplifting without skating over the complexities of life. Their albums have garnered invitations to collaborate and perform nationally and in Amsterdam and England. Their most recent release, Trust, hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ charts and continues to connect on a universal level with a lighthearted depth and a celebration of our common humanity. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.
October 3, 2015: STACY PHILLIPS & PAUL HOWARD
Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard are an acoustic duo playing Americana and original music from jazz and originals to Caribbean and Hawaiian.
Called a "resophonic guitar virtuoso. . .stretching the stylistic limits of his instrument," by Dirty Linen magazine, Stacy has performed with top acoustic musicians over the world. He has three solo albums and is a featured artist on the Grammy award-winning album The Great Dobro Sessions. Stacy is also the author of more than 25 books and DVDs on various aspects of his chosen instruments.
Paul Howard is a Connecticut-born guitarist, singer and songwriter who has been working as a professional musician and teacher for all his adult life. He discovered acoustic music via the music of Jonathan Edwards and Dan Hicks. Since 1975, he has been a member of Last Fair Deal and solidified the progressive direction the band was beginning to take at that time. Paul is also a prolific author of music instruction books and videos. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
October 10, 2015: DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION
A benefit concert for The Sounding Board. Starting time is 7:30 p.m.
Mountain and hammered dulcimers are the most common instruments played, although many other instruments also join in, including autoharp, bamboo pipe, flute, guitar, mandolin, psaltery, and recorders. $15 adults, $8 children 12 & under.
October 17, 2015: GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON and FIVE IN THE CHAMBER
Goodnight Blue Moon, from New Haven, Connecticut, writes pop songs on folk instruments. By combining ‘60s vocal harmonies, traditional roots influences, and catchy orchestrated melodies, GNBM is what New England Americana sounds like. Having already shared the stage with folk heavyweights (Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Frank Fairfield), they play high energy and dynamic sets that get an entirely packed room dancing and singing along.
Five in the Chamber, also New Haven-based, plays rollicking bluegrass and old-time string band with a rocking edge. Brought together through a series of music festivals during the Summer of 2011, the band quickly galvanized and established itself as a staple in the area's emerging bluegrass scene. With tight arrangements, unique harmony vocals, and a shared passion for writing original music as well as studying and reinterpreting the bluegrass song book, Five in the Chamber brings a fresh and exciting twist to the bluegrass repertoire. The band released their debut album, Live in the Chamber, in Fall 2013 to rave reviews. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under
October 24, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON
John McCutcheon is an American folk music legend, critically acclaimed songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and master of the hammered dulcimer.
Well-known for his politically and socially conscious songs, critics have described John's music as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."
His latest album Joe Hill’s Last Will is a tribute to the union activist on the 100th anniversary of his death. (A track from the new CD is on the Sounding Board's web site at www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.)
John McCutcheon's concert last year was sold out. To avoid disappointment, advance tickets are highly recommended. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.
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Folk Music Links
Visit the Folk Legacy Records website where you can view the videos of the October 29, 2011 concert at the Sounding Board which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Folk-Legacy Records.
BRANFORD FOLK COFFEEHOUSE
Branford Folk Music Society, First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 8:00 p.m. For more information call 203-488-7715. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://branfordfolk.org/
Concert Happenings in Ridgefield's Parks (CHIRP), a series of free summer concerts in Ballard Park located in the heart of Ridgefield, CT. 7:00 p.m. In case of rain call 203-431-2760 after 4:00 p.m. to confirm location. The series is co-sponsored by The Town of Ridgefield through the Parks & Recreation Dept., the Ridgefield Press, and Lexus of Greenwich, Lexus of Mt. Kisco & Greenwich Infiniti. Web: http://www.Chirpct.org/
June 30 - C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band
July 2 - Matt Munisteri and his Syncopatin' Detonators
July 7 - The Duhks
July 9 - The Fairfield Counts
July 14 - Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
July 16 - Mark Erelli
July 21 - Front Country
July 23 - Wild Ponies
July 28 - Cherish the Ladies
July 30 - Susan Werner
Aug. 4 - Jimmy La Fave
Aug. 6 - Lunasa
Aug. 11 - Hot Club of Cowtown
Aug. 13 - Matt Andersen
Aug. 18 - The Revelers
Aug. 20 - Humming House
Aug. 25 - Sarah Potenza
Aug. 27 - Harpeth Rising
Sep. 1 - Pedrito Martinez
THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. (Partial listing.) For tickets or information call 203-438-5795. Web: http://www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/
July 9 - Yonder Mountain String Band, 8:00 p.m.
July 19 - Sam Bush Band, 8:00 p.m.
SHAMROCK TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SOCIETY
For reservations, concert locations, or more information, call 203-362-5912 or email: email@example.com Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
FOLK FRIDAYS SERIES
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: http://www.ctfolk.com/
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN NEW HAVEN
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: http://www.yale.edu/ynhrs/
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or 203-430-6020.
July 23 - The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Spaceland Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 19 - J.D. Crowe and the New South, Unitarian Society Hall, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 - Tim O'Brien, with Old Man Luedecke opening, Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
THE DRY DOCK COFFEE HOUSE
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: http://www.thedrydock.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDryDock
CT OLD TIMEY ACOUSTIC JAM
Old-timey music jam at The Pine Loft Cafe, 1474 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT. For more information: http://oldtimeyjam.blogspot.com/
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK AT ALL SOULS
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit http://www.fridaynightfolk.org/
KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. For tickets call 860-510-0453. Web: http://www.KatharineHepburnTheater.org/
THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT. For more information call 860-347-4957. (Partial listing.) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.buttonwood.org/
First Thursdays - Open Mic with Bob Gotta, 6:30 p.m. sign-up
SHAPE NOTE SINGING IN MIDDLETOWN, CT
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 http://www.fasola.org/
THE VANILLA BEAN CAFE
On the corner of Routes 44, 169, and 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 860-928-1562. Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
July 3 - No Open Mic
July 4 - No Show
July 10 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
July 11 - The Johnson Girls
July 18 - Bird and Horse
July 25 - The Cafe Trio
Aug. 1 - Gail Wade Trio
Aug. 7 - Open Mic - Robert C. Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 8 - Erica Wheeler
Aug. 14 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Jeff Przech (CD Release Show)
Aug. 22 - The Fixins
Aug. 29 - Atwater-Donnelly
Sep. 4 - Open Mic - Allison Giuliano, 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 5 - Meredith Rose
Sep. 11 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Sep. 12 - Grass Routes
Sep. 19 - J P Jones & Friends
Sep. 26 - Antje Duvekot / Chuck Cannon & Ghosts of the American Road
THE BREAD BOX
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. All proceeds benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen and Emergency Food Pantry. Web: http://www.breadboxfolk.org/
OPEN MIC IN COVENTRY
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, email@example.com
NORTHWEST PARK CONCERT SERIES
Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 860-285-1886. Web: http://www.northwestpark.org/concerts.htm
OPEN MIC IN SOUTH WINDSOR
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
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)ushartford.com or phone 860-233-9897 (Meeting House office).
IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS
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: http://wwuh.org/
Aug. 7 - Full Set
CENTRAL CT ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS SOCIETY
For more information: http://www.meetup.com/Central-CT-Acoustic-Musicians-Society/
SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE
The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT. 8:00 p.m. Web: http://www.soundingboardcoffeehouse.org/
Sep. 12 - Mark Erelli
Sep. 19 - Bill Staines
Sep. 26 - Brother Sun (The Levins opening)
Oct. 3 - Stacy Phillips & Paul Howard
Oct. 10 - Dulcimer Folk Association
Oct. 17 - Goodnight Blue Moon and Five In The Chamber
Oct. 24 - John McCutcheon
Nov. 7 - Grass Routes
Nov. 14 - Herdman, Hills & Mangsen
Nov. 21 - Roosevelt Dime
Nov. 28 - Cricket Tell The Weather
THE LISTENING SPACE
Covenant Congregational Church, 1 Westminster Dr., West Hartford, CT. 860-977-0607. Web: http://whcovenant.org/
Open Mic, third Saturday of each month, 7:00 p.m., sign up at 6:30 p.m. Free.
NIGHTS AT THE BEEKLEY http://www.nightsatthebeekley.com/
ROARING BROOK CONCERTS
Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT. 7:30 p.m. For reservations and information call 860-693-0263. Web: http://www.roaringbrookconcerts.org/
BRIDGE STREET LIVE
41 Bridge Street, Collinsville, CT. Partial listing. 860-693-9762.
Sep. 3 - Eilen Jewell, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 11 - Caravan of Thieves, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 17 - Boxcar Lilies, 8:00 p.m.
Sep. 19 - Chris Smither, 8:00 p.m.
DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT
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 DonSawmill@aol.com for information. Web: http://www.dulcimerfolkct.org/
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI. For reservations call 401-725-9272. Web: http://www.riverfolk.org/
BRISTOL'S STONE CHURCH COFFEE HOUSE
300 High Street, Bristol, RI. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call 401-253-4813. Web: http://www.stonechurchcoffeehouse.com/
WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m. For more information call 508-540-0320. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
PVFS SONG AND STORY SWAP
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: http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/
UNITY HOUSE CONCERTS
At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. For information and reservations email email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-House-Concerts/1485832181665928
MONTHLY FOLK JAM
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.
NEW YORK PINEWOODS FOLK MUSIC CLUB
The Folk Music Society of New York. Partial listing. For more information call 718-672-6399. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
PEOPLES' VOICE CAFE
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: http://www.peoplesvoicecafe.org/
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115
July 1 - Outdoor Summer Concert Series, Chepachet Union Church lawn,
1138 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI. Free to the public. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
401-568-6206 x224. (If rain, inside church or reschedule)
July 8 - Music at Sunset, Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI. Performance 6-8 p.m. 401-253-2707. http://www.blithewold.org/
July 12 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Outdoor Summer Concert at the Botanical Center Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI. 6-8 p.m. Rescheduled if rain. 401-384-0718/785-9450 ext. 250. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.bccrwp.org/
July 15 - Gazebo Concert, Main St., Hope, RI. 6-8 p.m. Free to the public. 401-647-3366 or 447-4005. Rescheduled if rain.
July 16 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Outdoor Summer Concert Series, Pavilion behind Town Hall, 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Free to the public. If rain, under cover or indoor location. http://www.wgtownri.org/
Aug. 5 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, North Kingstown Free Library, Outdoor Summer Concert, 100 Boone St., North Kingstown, RI. 6:30 p.m. Free to the public. 401-294-3306. In library if inclement weather. http://www.nklibrary.org/
Aug. 19 - Outdoor Concert, Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton, RI. 6:00 p.m. Free to the public. 401-635-8562. http://brownell-libraryri.org/
Aug. 29 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Aug. 30 - Island Terrace Lawn Concert Series, Island Terrace, 57 Long Point Road, Lakeville, MA. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free to the public. 508-947-0151 x210. Inside for residents only if rain. http://www.islandterrace.com/
AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS:
CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
July 23 - Concert at The New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park,
Visitors Center, 33 Williams St., New Bedford, MA. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 - Thursdays on the Dock, Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT. 5:30 p.m. 860-767-8269. Web: http://www.ctrivermuseum.org/
Sep. 25-26 - Working Waterfront Festival, State Pier, New Bedford, MA. 508-993-8894. Web: http://workingwaterfrontfestival.com/
Oct. 10 - The Vanilla Bean Cafe, 450 Deerfield Rd., Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562. Web: http://thevanillabeancafe.com/
July 17 - “Concert by the Sea” at Noank Baptist Church, 18 Cathedral
Heights, Noank, CT. 7:30 p.m. Call 860-536-7129 for directions and details.
LAST FAIR DEAL:
STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS:
June 30 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m. Free.
July 10 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
July 17 - 8:15 pm: Wheeler's, 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.
July 22 - 3:00 pm: Interview on "Homegrown" with Jay Roberts, WAPJ, Torrington, CT.
July 25 - 8:00 pm: The Hub, 45 Main St., Torrington, CT.
Aug. 28 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
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.
GAIL WADE AND TURNING POINT:
BOSTON BLUEGRASS UNION
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: http://www.bbu.org/
CT BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION
THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. 4:00-7:00 p.m. For info call 203-650-3492.
July 5 - Five in the Chamber
July 12 - Lindsey Fyfe's Bluegrass Jam
July 19 - The James King Band
NEW BEDFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
July 4-5, 2015 at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and other sites in downtown New Bedford, MA. Web: http://www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com/
SEA SONG SAMPLER & ICE CREAM SOCIAL
July 5, 2015 - Hosted by the Avery-Copp House, 154 Thames Street, Groton, CT. 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Geoff Kaufman will present the songs of our maritime and naval history, honoring the Coast Guard with ballads about the perils of the sea and the service’s mission of rescues against the odds. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-445-1637. For more information visit http://www.averycopphouse.org/
THE PODUNK BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT. Podunk features a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid's Academy, music vendors, round-the-clock jamming, and plenty of room for camping. For 2015 we will have a full 2nd stage featuring some of Connecticut's up and coming folk artists along with some regional Folk/Americana artists. For more information: http://podunkbluegrass.com/
Also look at http://ContraSENE.tripod.com/ for Contra Dance listings in Southeastern New England, and http://www.CTcontra.com/ for an index to Contra Dancing in Connecticut.
ROUND HILL COUNTRY DANCES
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. http://www.roundhill.net/
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 email@example.com
NEW HAVEN COUNTRY DANCERS
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: http://www.ctcontra.com/nhcd/
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
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. http://www.nmsmusicschool.org/
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN NEW HAVEN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING IN MIDDLETOWN
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: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM
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: http://www.hcdance.org/
HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE
July 11 - HCD-Contra Dance at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT with Kitsch-N-Sync and caller Don Heinold and special guest George Thompson playing bagpipes. 5:45–7:15 Jam Session; 7:15–7:30 New-dancer lesson; 7:30–10:00 Dancing. (NOTE NEW SCHEDULE.) 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 email@example.com. Info at http://www.hcdance.org/
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
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: http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/ or call 860-521-6440.
THE FARMINGTON FOLK DANCERS
The Farmington Folk Dancers meet on most Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Amistad Hall, First Church of Christ, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT (across from Miss Porter's School on Route 10). Sessions are held during the church program year from September through the end of June. Beginners and people with 'two left feet' are welcome. The cost for the evening is $3.00; refreshments are served. For more information: Kathydncr@aol.com or call 860-747-4711.
Internet radio: http://www.folkalley.com/ 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):
Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Saturday 4:00-5:00 a.m.
The Celtic Cafe with Pat Laffan and Mark Gallagher, Saturday 6:00-7:00 a.m.
75% Folk with Michael Benson, Mondays, 6:00-8:00 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 5:05-8:00 p.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): http://www.wumb.org/programs/schedule.php
WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT):
(Also carried by
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.
Folknotes.org includes listings for folk music
concerts, festivals, radio programs, etc., that occur in Connecticut and the
southern New England area.
This web site is maintained by Brent Hall.
For more information about the Sounding Board Coffeehouse, please see its official
web site: soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.
Please send your event listings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an artist interested in playing at the Sounding Board
Coffeehouse, please contact:
668 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416
Directors of the Sounding Board: Brent Hall, President; Charles Eirmann, V.P.; James Rigby, Secretary; Janet Steucek, Treasurer; Jerry Jacques, Director of Operations; Laura Cipriano; Paul Cipriano.