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
If you do not have email call Janet at 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 web site is
This original web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be
on-line as well.
Please send your event listings to email@example.com.
February 28, 2015: THE NIELDS
Sisters Nerissa and Katryna Nields began their career singing folk songs and
learning harmonies in their parents' kitchen and the back seat of the family
car. Two decades, sixteen CDs, countless concerts, three books, four children
and two husbands later, The Nields are still at it. Their "vocal blend is a
disarming mix of clean folk harmonies and clenched Generation-X angst,"
according to The Chicago Tribune, and a critic for the Minneapolis
Star-Tribune has called their music "a masterful mix of modern folk with an
alternative edge." Nerissa and Katryna have strictly reduced their touring
schedule to make time to tend to their children's lives in recent years. This
show is a rare opportunity to see them in an intimate coffeehouse setting at
The Sounding Board.
$17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
March 7, 2015: BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
They've been called "the Allman Brothers of Celtic fiddle bands, only prettier." Performing since 2006, Burning Bridget Cleary plays a distinctive, high-energy style of Celtic traditional music. Fiddler Rose Baldino fronts the band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York metro Scottish fiddle scene. Rose's father, Lou Baldino provides driving rhythm and bass on guitar and Peter Trezzi rounds out the quartet on percussion. In December 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated "Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, or Concert" in the Irish Music Awards sponsored by the Irish Music Association. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, "This is trad music at its best, alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don't miss seeing this band." $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
March 14, 2015: THE FAITHFUL SKY WITH HUGH BLUMENFELD
Hugh Blumenfeld is a New York City-born, Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who has toured the US and Europe and has released 6 CDs that range from quiet ballads to political satire. Caught up in the Greenwich Village music scene in the 1980s, he played the Speak Easy, Folk City, Cornelia Street Cafe and The Bottom Line. He was a long-time contributor to and Associate Editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine. The healing power of music led Hugh to become involved with camps for children with cancer and mental retardation, as well as hospice programs and group homes. His experience encouraged him to do the logical thing and go to med school. Hugh now practices and teaches family medicine in Hartford. The Faithful Sky is a 10-handed band playing Folk/Folk-Rock, with a penchant for songs that are beautiful, strange and all but lost. The core of the band has been playing together for more than 25 years $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
March 21, 2015: MIKE + RUTHY
Mike+Ruthy have been musical collaborators for 16 years, and show no sign of coming up for air anytime soon. In September 2013 they received a postcard from a 94 year old Pete Seeger telling them that their inaugural Summer Hoot folk festival they host in their Catskill Mountain backyard was "one of the best song-gatherings [he'd] been to in all of [his] 94 years." At this Sounding Board appearance Mike+Ruthy will be previewing their most definitive musical statement to date, a double record overstuffed with iconic Americana idioms ranging from Motown to Bluegrass, Old-time to Alt-country. This outfit is as comfortable inhabiting their music as the heroes they call upon in both music and life. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.
March 28, 2015: RED MOLLY
THIS CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE UNITARIAN SOCIETY, 50 BLOOMFIELD AVE., HARTFORD, CT (near Univ. of Hartford)
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music – from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk – as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. $22 general, $20 members, $12 students with ID, $10 children 12 & under.
The Sounding Board will be closed on Saturday, April 4, 2015.
April 11, 2015: MEN AT WORDS: ARCHIE FISHER, JAMES KEELAGHAN, JEZ LOWE
Three of the world’s finest songwriters and most respected singers –
James Keelaghan, Jez Lowe, and Archie Fisher – are taking their
friendship on the road and making a stop at The Sounding Board. Archie
Fisher is Scotland’s foremost troubadour and interpreter of traditional
songs as well as a talented songwriter. Canada’s James Keelaghan has
attracted legions of fans through his literate and layered songwriting,
weaving its way through history and mining the depth of the trails of
human relations. Britain’s Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as
a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and is a
recognized musical ambassador for his native northeast England.
April 18, 2015: HUNGRYTOWN
Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson. They have released two highly acclaimed CDs, "Hungrytown" (2008) and "Any Forgotten Thing" (2011), both of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children 12 & under.
April 25, 2015: AZTEC TWO-STEP
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as
the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. With four plus decades on progressive FM
radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to
impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar
and soaring two-part harmonies. The duo has performed worldwide, been
critically acclaimed in major U.S. newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone and
appeared on many radio and TV shows.
Advance tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored on the new dates.
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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/
Mar. 14 - Beppe Gambetta and Rushad Eggleston
Apr. 18 - Gordon Bok
May 9 - John Roberts and Tony Barrand
St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT unless otherwise specified. 4:00 p.m.
Information and tickets available on-line at http://www.acousticcelebration.org/content/home.html
Mar. 22 - Tom Pacheco
Apr. 12 - Spuyten Dyvil
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/
Mar. 6 - Wynonna & Friends: Story and Song
Apr. 27 - The Waterboys
May 7 - Antigone Rising
June 28 - Keb' Mo'
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/
Mar. 2 - ALTAN
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.
Feb. 28 - Beppe Gambetta, at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 8:00 p.m.
Apr. 11 - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Unitarian Society, 700 Hartford Turnpike, 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/
Feb. 27 - A Concert In Memory of Pete Seeger, to benefit Save The River-Save The Hills
Mar. 27 - Vance Gilbert
Apr. 10 - The Chapin Sisters
May 15 - Bill Staines
SONGS AT JANET'S
House concerts in East Lyme, CT. For reservations or more information, email: SongsatJanets@aol.com
Feb. 27 - CANCELLED (Bob Zentz)
Apr. 23 - Matthew Byrne
KATHARINE HEPBURN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. For tickets call 860-510-0453. Web: http://www.KatharineHepburnTheater.org/
ROBBIE COLLOMORE MUSIC SERIES
Chester Meeting House, intersection of Goose Hill Rd. and Liberty St., Chester, CT. 5:00 p.m. For more information call 860-526-5162. Web: http://www.collomoreconcerts.org/
Apr. 12 - Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur
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/
Feb. 28 - Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz
Mar. 6 - Open Mic - Shawn Taylor, 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 7 - Cashel Rock
Mar. 13 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Mar. 14 - Don White
Mar. 21 - Atwater-Donnelly
Mar. 28 - Seth Glier
Mar. 29 - Garnet Rogers, 7:00 p.m.
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
Feb. 28 - Cady Finlayson with Vita Tanga
Mar. 14 - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Mar. 28 - Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Apr. 11 - Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
Apr. 25 - Porch Party Mamas
May 2 - Gil Gutierrez String Trio
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/
Mar. 21 - Dervish, at the Lincoln Theater, 6:30 p.m.
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. For information or reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Feb. 28 - The Nields
Mar. 7 - Burning Bridget Cleary
Mar. 14 - The Faithful Sky with Hugh Blumenfeld
Mar. 21 - Mike+Ruthy
Mar. 28 - Red Molly (at The Unitarian Society)
Apr. 11 - Men-At-Words: James Keelaghan, Archie Fisher & Jez Lowe
Apr. 18 - Hungrytown
Apr. 25 - Aztec Two-Step
May 9 - Hayley Reardon and The Meadows Brothers
May 16 - The Portable Folk Festival
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
The Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Ave., New Hartford, CT. 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 show. For tickets and more information, call 860-379-7235. Web: http://www.nightsatthebeekley.com/
Mar. 21 - SHEL
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/
Feb. 28 - Garnet Rogers
Mar. 7 - Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
Mar. 28 - Pat Donohue
Apr. 11 - Pete Huttlinger
Apr. 18 - Harvey Reid & Joyce Anderson
Apr. 25 - Double State Troubadours: Lara Herscovitch & Kristen Graves
May 2 - Tim & Myles Thompson
May 9 - Ed Gerhard
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:
Feb. 28 - The Gnomes, 8 PM
Mar. 1 - RUNA, 7 PM
Mar. 7 - Robbie O'Connell / Caitlin Nic Gabhann & Ciaran O Maonaigh, 8 PM
Mar. 15 - Pendragon, 7 PM
Mar. 21 - Eastern Medicine Singers, 2 PM
Mar. 21 - Martin Grosswendt / Bertrand Laurence, 8 PM
Mar. 28 - Hanneke Cassel with Mike Block & Keith Murphy, 8 PM
Apr. 4 - Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) / Tim O'Connell, 8 PM
Apr. 11 - International String Trio, 8 PM
Apr. 12 - Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, 7 PM
Apr. 18 - The Mairtin O'Connor Trio, 8 PM
Apr. 25 - Burning Bridget Cleary, 8 PM 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/
Feb. 28 - Becky Chace
Mar. 28 - Boxcar Lilies
Apr. 25 - Railroad House
May 9 - Mark Cutler / Chris Monti (Double Bill)
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: email@example.com Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Mar. 1 - Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
Mar. 15 - To be announced
Mar. 29 - OCEAN
Apr. 12 - Men at Words: Archie Fisher, James Keelaghan & Jez Lowe
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/
Mar. 7 - Featuring Greg Alexander
UNITY HOUSE CONCERTS
At the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, MA. For information and reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unity-House-Concerts/1485832181665928
Mar. 21 - Gaslight Tinkers
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS
149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, NY. For tickets call 914-232-1252. Web: http://www.caramoor.org/
Mar. 7 - Dom Flemons Trio, 8:00 p.m. http://www.caramoor.org/events/dom-flemons/
Apr. 11 - Willie Watson, Cricket Tell the Weather opening, 8:00 p.m. http://www.caramoor.org/events/willie-watson/
June 27 - American Roots Music Festival, with Lucinda Williams, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and more.
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: email@example.com Web: http://www.folkmusicny.org/
Mar. 20 - The Murphy Beds, 8:00 p.m. at Pearl Studio #404, 500 Eighth Ave., 4th floor, Manhattan (between 35-36th Sts), NY.
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/
Feb. 28 - MacDougal Street Rent Party Reunion Hoot
Mar. 7 - International Women's Day Celebration: SONiA of disappear fear
Mar. 14 - emma's revolution
Mar. 21 - Brooklyn Community Storytellers; Adele Rolider
Mar. 28 - Brooklyn Women's Chorus
COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Mar. 7 - Driftwood
Mar. 28 - The Kennedys
Apr. 25 - Eliza Gilkyson
May 16 - Jon Brooks with Fred Gillen, Jr.
RIVER SPIRIT MUSIC
House concerts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. For more information and reservations: http://www.riverspiritmusic.com/
Mar. 8 - Radoslav Lorkovic
Apr. 19 - Jess Klein and Rod Picott
Unitarian Society, 28 Brentwood Rd., Bay Shore, NY. Open mic 7:30, short set by a local performer 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: http://eclecticcafe.org/
Mar. 14 - Bumper Jacksons
Southern New England (WWUH): 860-768-5000
New York City: 718-651-1115
Feb. 27 - Dudley Senior Center, 71 W. Main St., Dudley, MA. Free and
open to the public. 1:00 p.m. 508-949-8010 x3. Email:
Mar. 7 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch, Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, RI. 7:00 p.m. 401-921-5115 Web: http://www.stonesoupcoffeehouse.com/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar. 14 - Squire Jacob Coffeehouse, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY. 7:30 p.m. 518-674-2007 Email: email@example.com Web: http://slca-ctp.org/SJC.htm
Mar. 21 - Children's Concert, 5 Eastford Road, Eastford, CT. 4:00 p.m. 860-208-4840 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar. 21 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8:00 p.m. 860-928-1562 Web: http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Mar. 28 - With Cathy Clasper-Torch and Kevin Doyle, Amazing Things Arts Center, The Amazing Firehouse, 160 Hollis St., Framingham, MA. 8:00 p.m. 508-405-2787 Web: http://www.amazingthings.org/
Mar. 29 - With Kevin Doyle and John and Heidi Cerrigione, Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St., Cheshire, CT. 3:00 p.m. Free to the public. 203-272-2245 Web: http://www.cheshirelibrary.com/
AZTEC TWO-STEP: Mar. 14 - The "Second Step" Album 40th Anniversary Show, 8:00 p.m., Voices Cafe at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport, CT. Tickets: http://www.voicescafe.org/ or 203-227-7205 x14.
Apr. 19 - Brick Hill House Concerts, 164 Brick Hill Road, Orleans, MA.
7:00 p.m. Reservations: 508-255-3864, or email@example.com. Web:
AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS:
Feb. 28 - With Nick Anderson and Shady Creek, Killingly Grange, Rt. 101
and Dog Hill Rd., Dayville, CT. 7:00 pm
Mar. 8 - Bread Box Folk Series, benefit for Covenant Soup Kitchen, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 220 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. 4:00 pm 860-429-4220 http://www.breadbox.org/
Apr. 11 - Northwest Park Nature Center, 145 Lang Rd., Windsor, CT. 7:30 pm 860-285-1886 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.northwestpark.org/concerts.htm
Apr. 25 - Little River Concert Series, Hampton Grange, 178 Main St., Hampton, CT. 7:30 pm http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-River-Music-Series
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 email@example.com http://www.strawberrypark.net/
Feb. 27 - Marlborough Arts Center, 231 N. Main St., Marlborough, CT.
7:30 p.m. 860-295-9389. Web:
CLIFF HASLAM: Mondays at the Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street, Essex, CT. 860-767-1776 http://cliffhaslam.com/
Feb. 27 - O'Connor's Public House, 26 E. Main, Torrington, CT. 8-11 pm
Mar. 8 - Passiflora, 526 Main, New Hartford, CT. 2-4 pm
Mar. 17 - Klekolo Coffee, Court St., Middletown, CT. 7-9 pm
Apr. 10 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
May 15 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
June 19 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
July 17 - Wheelers Restaurant and Pub, Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT. 8-10:30 pm
Mar. 1 - "Songs of Pete Seeger", Thomas Crane Public Library, 40
Washington Street, Quincy, MA. 3:00 p.m. 617-376-1301.
Mar. 2 - "Songs of Pete Seeger", Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. 9:30 a.m. 978-921-6062. http://www.beverlypubliclibrary.org
Apr. 17 - The All-American Valley General Store, 16 Bank St., Seymour, CT. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 203-828-6442 http://redcloverblossom.com/
DON SINETI: Mondays - Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Education and shanties, mornings and afternoons.
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/
THE HALF DOOR
270 Sisson Avenue, Hartford, CT. 860-232-7827.
Mar. 1 - Grass Routes
Mar. 15 - Chasing Blue
Mar. 29 - BigApple'achia
Apr. 12 - The Feinberg Brothers
Apr. 26 - Dick Bowden's "Flying Circus!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 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
Mar. 14 - HCD-Contra Dance with music by Henry Road Band with caller Dugan Murphy at Griffith Dance Academy, 275 Main St., Wethersfield, CT. New dancer lesson at 7:30, dance from 8-11 p.m. Jam Session is 6:00-7:30 p.m.; no charge; bring your own instrument. Please wear clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $5 students ages 14+. http://www.hcdance.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-423-0423 for more information.
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 6:00-8:00 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.
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