Folknotes.org – A publication of the Sounding Board, Inc.

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
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 Has A New Web Site

The Sounding Board has a new web site, soundingboardcoffeehouse.org. This original web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be on-line as well.
Please send your event listings to eventlistings@soundingboardcoffeehouse.org.


SOUNDING BOARD COFFEEHOUSE SCHEDULE

Vance Gilbert

November 29, 2014: VANCE GILBERT

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s when the buzz started spreading in Boston’s folk clubs about an ex-multicultural art teacher who was knockin’ ‘em dead at open mics. Eight albums later, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor and musicianship, tempered with a lot of the unexpected. His catchy melodies support keenly crafted lyrics. Dirty Linen magazine has placed him “…among the quintessential musical poets.” $18 general, $16 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

The Sounding Board will be closed in December.

January 3, 2015: CARAVAN OF THIEVES

If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical, humorous, musical and intense, while welcoming spectators to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. $20 general, $18 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

Caravan of Thieves

Mike Agranoff

Jan. 10, 2015: MIKE AGRANOFF

If you've been around the folk scene, you couldn't miss seeing Mike. Tall, ginger beard, and always around where the music is. He's been on the scene for many many years, listening to the fine details of what makes this genre of music so special to the soul, so able to make us laugh and cry and think. And lucky for us all, he got serious about having fun at it. Not so much a singer-songwriter as a "singer-songfinder", Mike takes great delight in discovering the little-known hidden gems, polishing them with his own distinctive style, and bringing them to the light of day where they sparkle. The man will capture your attention, and then your heart. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

January 17, 2015: WOODY PINES

"Woody sounds like Willie Nelson singing a Johnny Cash song in a 1930s Alabama juke joint," according to a reviewer for No Depression. No stranger to fans of the new folk music, Woody Pines forages through the secret world of old 78s, integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, and from Woody Guthrie to Preservation Hall, and belting out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang. Upfront, Woody plays National steel guitar and harmonica, and sings in a voice very reminiscent of a young Willie Nelson. He's backed up by innovative stand-up bassist Skip Frontz Jr. and Brad Tucker on a vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

Woody Pines

Cricket Tell The Weather

January 24, 2015: CRICKET TELL THE WEATHER

Based in the New York/Connecticut area, Cricket Tell The Weather is an indie string band rooted in the bluegrass tradition, but tinged with elements from rock, pop, and chamber music. Committed to respecting and furthering the traditions of American music, the quartet's voice carries a new spirit that explores a century of influences, owing as much to the traditions that inspired bluegrass to the journey that follows. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

January 31, 2015: OCCIDENTAL GYPSY

Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating blend of swing, jazz and world music with a roaring acoustic sound. They are pioneers in the sound of World Gypsy music, a melange of uptempo, high-energy rhythms of gypsy swing, melded with the catchy melodic hooks of pop and complex structures of jazz to deliver a thrilling auditory experience to listeners. They shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, who has said about the band, “these guys have great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, and high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.” $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

Occidental Gypsy

The Kennedys

February 7, 2015: THE KENNEDYS

In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

February 14, 2015: ROOSEVELT DIME

There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. They like to call their sound “Mardi-Grass” – a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals along for the ride. This musical alchemy is purely American, transforming struggle into celebration, pain into perseverance, and taking the joyous beat from sidewalks and streetcars to backrooms and barrooms, from the ample hills of Brooklyn to the amber waves of grain. Their high energy live shows have thrilled audiences at premier festivals across the country, and countless more have been captivated by the exceptional songwriting on their latest release “Full Head of Steam (2014),” which climbed to #6 on the Folk Charts in New York and #8 nationally. $16 general, $14 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

Roosevelt Dime

Atwater-Donnelly

February 21, 2015: ATWATER-DONNELLY BAND

Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly met as volunteers at Rhode Island's Stone Soup Coffeehouse in early 1987. Within just a few months these self-taught musicians formed a duo. and two years later were married. Atwater-Donnelly has performed and researched traditional folk music and dance in Appalachia, the Ozarks, New England, and other key places in the United States, as well as Ireland, England and Prince Edward Island, and have shared the stage with many folk legends including Jean Ritchie, Pete Seeger, and Doc Watson. For their Sounding Board show, Aubrey and Elwood will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Cathy Clasper-Torch and Irish stepdancer Kevin Doyle. Atwater-Donnelly has released nine CDs, and are featured on the just released two-disc compilation, Dear Jean: An Artist's Tribute To Jean Ritchie. $17 general, $15 members, $10 students with ID, $8 children.

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.

The Nields

Burning Bridget Cleary

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: MIKE + RUTHY

March 21, 2015: THE FAITHFUL SKY WITH HUGH BLUMENFELD

March 28, 2015: RED MOLLY (AT THE UNITARIAN SOCIETY)

April 11, 2015: MEN-AT-WORDS: JAMES KEELAGHAN, JEZ LOWE AND ARCHIE FISHER

April 18, 2015: HUNGRYTOWN

April 25, 2015: AZTEC TWO-STEP

May 9, 2015: THE MORGANS

May 16, 2015: PORTABLE FOLK FESTIVAL


Past Performers at the Sounding Board


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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/
Dec. 13 - Pete Rushefsky & The Ternovka Ensemble
Jan. 10 - Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts
Feb. 14 - Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman
Mar. 14 - Beppe Gambetta and Rushad Eggleston
Apr. 18 - Gordon Bok
May 9 - John Roberts and ...

ACOUSTIC CELEBRATION
Temple Shearith Israel, 46 Peaceable Street, Ridgefield, CT unless otherwise specified.
Information and tickets available on-line at http://www.acousticcelebration.org/
Dec. 14 - Greg Trooper, 4:00 P.M.
Jan. 24 - Ken Morr Band, 4:00 P.M.
Apr. 12 - Spuyten Dyvil, 4:00 P.M. at St. Stephen's North Hall, 351 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. 4:00 P.M.

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/
Dec. 4 - Christmas with The Celts, 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 22 - Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, 7:30 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/
Dec. 13 - Mick Moloney's Irish Christmas, Edgerton Center, Sacred Heart University

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/

IRISH CLUB
Venice Place, East Haven, CT. 203-281-3563 or odonovankinsale@snet.net.
Dec. 14 - "Classic Christmas Concert" with GIRSA, 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 24 - Traditional Irish Music Concert with Pride of New York, featuring Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey and Brendan Dolan. 7:00 p.m.

GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS
For tickets, directions and information: http://www.guitartownct.com/ or 203-430-6020.
Dec. 5 - The Gibson Brothers, 8:00 PM at Spaceland Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT.

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/
Jan. 30 - Geoff Kaufman & emma's revolution
Mar. 27 - Vance Gilbert
May 15 - Bill Staines

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/

CT AUDUBON SOCIETY CENTER AT GLASTONBURY
1361 Main St. (Route 17), Glastonbury, CT. 7:30 p.m. For more information or reservations call 860-633-8402. Web: http://www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-glastonbury/
Jan. 10 - Amy Gallatin

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/
Nov. 23 - Peter Mulvey, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 29 - Donna Dufresne & Gypsy Romantique
Dec. 5 - Open Mic - That Dollars Gone, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 - Allendale Rose
Dec. 12 - Hootenanny/Sessions - Lisa Martin Hosts, 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 13 - Karen Savőca & Pete Heitzman
Dec. 20 - Atwater-Donnelly

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
Dec. 13 - Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Jan. 3 - Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

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

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: reservations@folknotes.org or call Janet at 860-635-7685. Web: http://folknotes.org/
Nov. 29 - Vance Gilbert
Jan. 3 - Caravan of Thieves
Jan. 10 - Mike Agranoff
Jan. 17 - Woody Pines
Jan. 24 - Cricket Tell The Weather
Jan. 31 - Occidental Gypsy
Feb. 7 - The Kennedys
Feb. 14 - Roosevelt Dime
Feb. 21 - Atwater-Donnelly

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/
Jan. 23 - Susan Werner
Feb. 21 - Darlingside / Caitlin Canty
Mar. 21 - SHEL

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/
Nov. 29 - BRT Homecoming Concert & Silent Auction Fundraiser, with Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Phil Edmonds, Bertrand Laurence, Robbie O'Connell, Pendragon, Mary Ann Rossoni & Rick Bellaire.

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/
Jan. 24 - Pendragon
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: whfolk@verizon.net Web: http://arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic/
Nov. 23 - Skip Gorman with Connie Dover

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/
Dec. 6 - Featuring Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear

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.

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/
Nov. 29 - closed for Thanksgiving
Dec. 6 - Charlie King & Rick Burkhardt
Dec. 13 - New York City Labor Chorus
Dec. 20 - Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick; Dan & Faith Senie

COMMON GROUND COMMUNITY CONCERTS
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Jan. 24 - Joe Crookston with The Levins
Feb. 28 - The Murphy Beds and Fada
Mar. 28 - The Kennedys
Apr. 25 - Eliza Gilkyson
May 16 - Jon Brooks with Fred Gillen, Jr.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington, NY.
Dec. 6 - The Andy Statman Trio, 8:00 p.m.
http://commongroundfusw.com/

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


FOLK ARTISTS

ATWATER-DONNELLY: Nov. 23 - Island Free Library, Dodge St., Block Island, RI. Free to the public. 401-466-3233. http://www.islandfreelibrary.org/
Nov. 29 - Christmas in the Valley, Foster Country Club, 67 Johnson Road, Foster, RI. Fair runs Fri eve-Sun, AD plays 2-4 pm on 11/29. http://christmasinthevalleyri.com/
Nov. 29 - With Pendragon and others, Blackstone River Theatre, Homecoming Concert, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 7:30 p.m. 401-725-9272. http://www.riverfolk.org/
Dec. 4 - The Marine Museum at Fall River, 70 Water St., Fall River, MA. 7 p.m. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Marine-Museum-At-Fall-River/113552942010432
Dec. 13 - With Pendragon, the Millers, Torrin Ryan, Erika Damiani, and more, Blackstone River Theatre Holiday Show, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 8:00 pm. 401-725-9272 http://www.riverfolk.org/
Dec. 14 - With Pendragon, the Millers, Torrin Ryan, Erika Damiani, and more, Blackstone River Theatre Holiday Show, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. 7:00 pm. 401-725-9272 http://www.riverfolk.org/
Dec. 20 - The Vanilla Bean, Rtes. 44, 169 & 97, Pomfret, CT. 8 pm. 860-928-1562. http://www.thevanillabeancafe.com/
Dec. 31 - First Night Chatham, Monomoy Hall, Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, MA. 2:00 p.m. http://www.firstnightchatham.com/
Dec. 31 - First Night Sandwich, Sandwich, MA. 6 and 7 p.m. http://www.firstnightsandwich.com/
http://www.atwater-donnelly.com/

THE COUNTRY TRIO: Nov. 29 - Church of the Holy Spirit (stone church on side of West Haven Green), 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT. 7:00 p.m. For tickets or questions, contact Brad Jacobs at 203-641-5370, or email marthasdad@hotmail.com. Opening act: Shellye Valauskas.

DEBRA COWAN: Jan. 10 - With John Roberts, Stone Soup Coffeehouse, Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI. 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 15 - With John Roberts, Woods Hole Folk Music Society, Woods Hole, MA. 7:30 p.m.
http://debracowan.com/

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

STACY PHILLIPS AND HIS BLUEGRASS CHARACTERS: Nov. 25 - The Outer Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden, CT. 7:30 p.m. Free.
http://www.stacyphillips.com/

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

SHOREGRASS:
http://www.shoregrass.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:
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/

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/


SPECIAL EVENTS

PETE SEEGER SONGFEST LED BY JIM SCOTT
Remembering Pete Through His Songs, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT. 12:30 p.m.


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 2-3 pm and dancing 3-6 pm. We offer a mini lesson on some aspect of waltz (or another popular dance style) during the band breaks. Dance admission is $12 (students with ID $5). Your ninth regular HCD dance admission is free with your HCD frequent dancer card. At the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. $12, $5 students with ID. For more information: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm

HARTFORD COMMUNITY DANCE JAM
The HCD Contra Jam will return from sabbatical on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
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
Nov. 28 - HCD-Contra Dance with music by Wild Asparagus with caller George Marshall at West Hartford Town Hall, West Hartford, CT. New dancer lesson at 7:30, dance from 8-11 p.m. Please wear clean, comfortable flat-soled shoes. This dance is smoke, alcohol and perfume free. $15 adults, $10 students 14+. http://www.hcdance.org/ or email conntras@yahoo.com 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.


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.
"Dancing on the Air", Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, second Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
"The Tao of Tao", Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, third Wednesday of each month, 8:00-10:00 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/

WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1, Torrington, CT): Folk and roots show, Barrie Soucy, Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.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.
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 6:00-8:00 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 105.3, 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 is published by the Sounding Board, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit organization. We include listings for folk music concerts, festivals, radio programs, etc., that occur in Connecticut and the southern New England area.

The Sounding Board has a new web site, soundingboardcoffeehouse.org. The old familiar web site, folknotes.org, will continue to be on-line as well.
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.