Folknotes.org – featuring the Sounding Board Coffeehouse

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.

For reservations:
Online reservations: Save My Seat!
Or email: reservations@soundingboardcoffeehouse.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 On The Web

The Sounding Board's official web site is soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.

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 eventlistings@soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.


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


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE SCHEDULE

The Sounding Board is closed for the summer. Coming up in the fall:

September 12, 2015: MARK ERELLI

September 19, 2015: BILL STAINES

September 26, 2015: BROTHER SUN (The Levins opening)

October 3, 2015: STACY PHILLIPS & PAUL HOWARD

October 10, 2015: DULCIMER FOLK ASSOCIATION

October 17, 2015: CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER

October 24, 2015: JOHN McCUTCHEON

November 7, 2015: GRASS ROUTES

November 14, 2015: HERDMAN, HILLS & MANGSEN

November 21, 2015: ROOSEVELT DIME

March 5, 2016: ATWATER-DONNELLY


Past Performers at the Sounding Board


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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.


FOLK MUSIC IN THE AREA

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: branfordfolk@gmail.com Web: http://branfordfolk.org/

CHIRP
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/
May 26 - The Sweetback Sisters
June 2 - Della Mae
June 9 - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
June 16 - Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
June 23 - Barefoot Movement
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/
June 12 - Roger McGuinn, 8:00 p.m.
June 28 - Keb' Mo', 8:00 p.m.
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: tmquinn@optonline.net Web: http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/
May 23 - Frankie Gavin, house concert in Fairfield, CT. 8:00 p.m.
May 30 - Paddy Keenan with Jimmy Noonan in Easton, CT. 8:00 p.m.

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/

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or 203-430-6020.
June 13 - The Honey Dewdrops, Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m.
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: thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com 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/
May 23 - The Meadows Brothers
May 30 - Joel Cage
June 5 - Open Mic - Alec Chambers. 7:30 p.m.
June 6 - Carolyn Waters
June 12 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts. 7:00 p.m.
June 13 - Nine6teen - Benefit Concert
June 20 - Oakes and Smith
June 27 - Alex Smith

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, songaday@hotmail.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

CELTIC AIRS
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 - Cricket Tell The Weather
Oct. 24 - John McCutcheon
Nov. 7 - Grass Routes
Nov. 14 - Herdman, Hills & Mangsen
Nov. 21 - Roosevelt Dime

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.
http://www.41bridgestreet.com/
June 14 - Peter Yarrow with special guest Mustard, 7:00 p.m.
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: whfolk@verizon.net 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 unityhouse@uuspringfield.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-House-Concerts/1485832181665928

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. For tickets call 914-232-1252. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
June 27 - American Roots Music Festival, with Lucinda Williams, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/events/american-roots-music-festival-day-evening-15/

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: nypinewood@aol.com 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.
May 30 - The First U Rock & Soul Revue
June 5 - Seeger Songs: An In-the-Round Musical Celebration to benefit Clearwater, with Mel & Vinnie, Joe Kaminsky, Dan Einbender, Melissa Ortquist, and Travis Jeffrey.
June 13 - Avalanche, with guests Red Wing
http://commongroundfusw.com/

RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
June 14 - Radoslav Lorkavic

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


FOLK ARTISTS

ATWATER-DONNELLY: June 6 - River Day, Head of Westport Landing, top of Drift Road and Old County Road, Westport, MA. A-D plays 12:30-1:30 p.m. 508-636-3016. http://www.westportwatershed.org/
June 6 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Local Brew Coffeehouse, Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett Ave., Barrington, RI. Bay Spring Folk opening. 7:00 p.m. http://www.bsccri.org/
June 13 - Outdoor Concert, New Canann Library, 151 Main St., New Canaan, CT. 1:00 p.m. Free to the public. 203-594-5000. http://www.newcanaanlibrary.org/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

AZTEC TWO-STEP: The “Second Step” Album 40th Anniversary Show, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Club Symply Fargone at Viva Bene, 144 Commercial Street, Worcester, MA. Tickets: http://www.symplyfargone.com/ or 978-563-9998.
http://www.aztectwostep.com/

AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS: May 30 at Noon and May 31 at 2:15 pm - Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Park Campground, 42 Pierce Rd., Preston, CT. 860-886-1944 camp@strawberrypark.net http://www.strawberrypark.net/
http://www.AmyGallatin.com/

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

LARRY KAPLAN: 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. 508-996-4095. Web: http://www.nps.gov/
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/
http://www.larrykaplanmusic.com/

LAST FAIR DEAL: May 19 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:00 p.m. 203-288-6400
June 7 - The Half Door, 270 Sisson Ave. (corner of Farmington Ave.), Hartford, CT. 4:00-7:00 p.m. 860-232-7827
http://www.lastfairdeal.com/

ROD MacDONALD: May 29, 2015 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, 24 Clapboard Ridge Road (Route 39), Danbury, CT. With bass player Mark Dann. 8:00 p.m. For reservations call 203-743-0453 or email J123Sing@aol.com.

PODUNK THROWBACKS: May 22 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
May 31 - 8:00-11:00 pm: Dream Away Lodge, County Rd., Beckett, MA.
June 14 - 12:00 pm: Preston Ridge Vineyard, 100 Miller Rd., Preston, CT.
June 19 - 8:15 pm: Wheeler's, 180 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.
June 26 - 8:00 pm: O'Connor's, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT.
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.
http://www.podunkthrowbacks.com/
http://www.facebook.com/podunkthrowbacks
http://www.reverbnation.com/podunkthrowbacks

KERRI POWERS:
http://www.kerripowers.com/

PHIL ROSENTHAL: May 22 - The Seeger Sessions, Milford Arts Council, Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford, CT. 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. 203-878-6647. Web: http://milfordarts.org/event/phil-rosenthal-the-seeger-sessions/
http://www.americanmelody.com/phil.htm

SHOREGRASS: May 24 - Comstock Ferre Heirloom Festival, 263 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. 860-571-6590 or email: info@comstockferre.com. 12-2:00 p.m. Free.
http://www.shoregrass.com/

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:
http://www.gailwademusic.com/


BLUEGRASS EVENTS

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
Web: http://www.ctbgma.org/

THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827. 4:00-7:00 p.m. For info call 203-650-3492.
June 7 - Last Fair Deal
June 14 - Twisted Pine
June 21 - Father's Day
June 28 - Amy Gallatin
July 5 - Five in the Chamber
http://www.thehalfdoorhfd.com/


FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

GOTTAGETGON 2015 FOLK FEST
May 22, 23, 24, 2015. Find info at: http://www.pickingandsinging.org/web2011/GGG.html

38TH ANNUAL STRAWBERRY PARK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
May 28-31, 2015 at Strawberry Park Campground, 42 Pierce Road, Preston, CT. Performers include: The Gibson Brothers, The Steeldrivers, The Kruger Brothers, Della Mae, Claire Lynch, South Carolina Broadcasters, Gail Wade, Amy Gallatin, Lonely Heartstrings Band, Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing, The Zolla Boys. Web: http://www.strawberrypark.net/38th-annual-strawberry-park-bluegrass-festival/

MYSTIC SEA MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 11-14, 2015 at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. Web: http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/sea-music-festival-2/

RHODE ISLAND SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
Saturday June 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds, Richmond, Rhode Island. Musical entertainment by Albannach, Pendragon, Charlie Zahm w/ Tad Marks; Solo and Band piping and drumming competitions; Highland Athletics and Highland Dance competitions; Celtic Storytellers; Scottish food and merchandise vendors; Clan village; Sheep Dog Demonstrations; and more. Information and directions at: http://www.riscot.org/

CLEARWATER'S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL
June 20 & 21, 2015 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Web: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/

OLD SONGS FESTIVAL
June 26, 27 & 28, 2015 at Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY. Web: http://festival.oldsongs.org/

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 27, 2015, sponsored by the Caramoor Center For Music And The Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. Featuring Lucinda Williams, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more. For more information: http://www.caramoor.org/events/american-roots-music-festival-day-evening-15/

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/

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/


FOLK DANCING

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/

ISRAELI DANCING
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 hilulimusa@gmail.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 newhavenscottish@gmail.com.

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
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/

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.


FOLK MUSIC ON THE RADIO

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.
http://wamc.org/

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.
http://wcniradio.org/

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.
http://www.wcuw.org/

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.
http://wesufm.org/

WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT): "Bluegrass Cafe," Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4:00-7:00 p.m. Email: whusbluegrasscafe@gmail.com
"Sunday Night Folk Festival", Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7:00-10:00 p.m.
http://www.whus.org/

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

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

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

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. wnhufolk@yahoo.com
"Echoes of Erin", Sunday Noon to 2:00 p.m. with Pat Kennedy.
http://www.wnhu.net/

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.
http://www.wshu.org/

WUMB (91.9, Boston, MA): http://www.wumb.org/programs/schedule.php

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.
http://www.wwuh.org/program/music/folk/folk.htm
"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.
http://wwuh.org/


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 eventlistings@soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.

If you are an artist interested in playing at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse, please contact:
Janet Steucek
668 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416
Email: folkie43@sbcglobal.net

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.